[not a JVP Philly event, but sharing for those who check our site - hope you can make it!]
The AMESALL Distinguished Lecture Series proudly presents:
Professor Ella Shohat at Rutgers
"Muslim Spaces, Jewish Pasts:
Genealogies of the Split Arab / Jew Figure"
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 4 PM – 6 PM
Alexander Library (Lecture Hall)
Reception at 4:00pm// Lecture begins 4:30pm
This lecture will offer a genealogical reading of the gradual splitting of the once-linked Oriental figure into “Arab” and “Jew,” and its ramifications for contemporary postcolonial tensions. Examining the shifting Orientalist imaginary in the wake of the Enlightenment and the imperial project, the lecture traces present-day assumptions about a longstanding Arab / Jewish divide -- and the ambiguous position of the Arab-Jew within it -- back to crucial shifts in 19th century representation. Ruptures were forming in the colony with regard to the conceptualization of the Oriental indigene—Muslim and Jew-- even prior to the epic-scale rupture with the emergence of Zionism and the partition of Palestine, and in their wake, with the dislocation from Arab/Muslim geography. Using examples from the field of visual culture, the lecture will provide a historical lens which can help illuminate alternative framing of the debate.