After Jews and Arabs: Twenty Years Later

Washington, United States

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Poster collage art by Ammiel Alcalay


Thursday, November 1

Keynote Address (6:30 - 8:00 PM)

Ammiel Alcalay (CUNY)

“The Cosmology of Finding Your Spot: Political Memory and the Poetics of Location”

Introduced by Andrew Rubin (Georgetown University)

Reception (8:00 – 9:00 PM)


Friday, November 2


Coffee and light breakfast (8:30 – 9:00 AM)


Panel One: Other Levants (9:00 – 11:00 AM)


Susan Slyomovics (University of California, Los Angeles)

“Who and What is Native to Israel? On Marcel Janco’s Settler Art and Jacqueline Shohet Kahanoff’s 'Levantinism'”


Orit Bashkin (University of Chicago)

“Globalizing the Mizrahi struggle: Sit-ins, Demonstrations, and Hunger Strikes in 1950s Israel”


Ramon Stern (University of Michigan)

“Levantinism Disguised: The Invisible Mediterranean Map between Ibel Saqi and the São Paulo Interior in Raduan Nassar’s Lavoura arcaica”


Chair: Elliott Colla (Georgetown University)


Break (11:00 – 11:15 AM)


Panel Two: Other Poems (11:15 – 12:45 PM)


Anne Waldman (The Jack Kerouac School, Naropa University)

“A Poetics and a Politics of the Possible”


Sami Chetrit (CUNY)

“When Will Our Poems Be Heard in Hebrew? After Jews and Arabs and the Rebirth of the Hebrew Arab-Jew”


Chair: Mark McMorris (Georgetown University)

Lunch break (12:45 – 2:00 PM)


Panel 3: Other Travels, Other Times (2:00 – 4:00 PM)


Dalia Kandiyoti (CUNY)

“Traveling ‘through the Light of the Levantine Prism’: Alcalaian Readings of Contemporary Literature”


Amila Buturovic (York University)

“Spaces of Death as Spaces of Cultural Exchange: One Glimpse into the Ottoman Bosnia”


Janneke Stegeman (VU University Amsterdam)

“The Text as Landscape and the Landscape in Text: Patterns of Identity Formation in Jeremiah 32”


Chair: Sylvia Önder (Georgetown University)

Break (4:00 – 4:15 PM)


Panel 4: Other Languages (4:15-5:45 PM)


Ella Shohat (New York University)

“Judeo-Arabic(s): Itineraries of Belonging”


Sinan Antoon (New York University)

“Diminishing Returns: On Samir Naqqash”


Chair: Joseph Sassoon (Georgetown University)



Marina Krikorian

Public Affairs Coordinator

phone: 202-687-6215