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Ella Shohat, “On Orientalist Genealogies: The Split Arab/Jew Figure Revisited”
March 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
This lecture will offer a genealogical reading of the gradual splitting of the once-linked Semitic figure into “Arab” and “Jew” and its ramifications for contemporary discourses about Jews and Muslims. Examining the shifting Orientalist imaginary in the wake of the Enlightenment and colonialism, the lecture traces contemporary 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, thus providing an historical lens which can help illuminate contemporary postcolonial tensions. This lecture is presented by Ella Shohat of New York University.