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27 May: Ilan Zvi Baron, Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and critique

Why is debate about Israel often so contentious? What explains Diaspora Jews’ non-religious attachments to Israel? What does Israel provide ideationally for Diaspora Jews? How are we to understand Diaspora Jews’ relationship with Israel? In this talk, Dr Baron will explore the findings from his book, Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique, and will suggest a different way to think about and debate Israel and its role for Diaspora Jews.

Ilan Zvi Baron is Associate Professor in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, where he is also the Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics. He has published on International Relations theory, identity and security, the Jewish Diaspora’s relationship with Israel and the international cultural politics of Israeli cuisine. His recent books include Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique, published by Edinburgh University Press, and with Manchester University Press, How to Save Politics in a Post-Truth Era.

PLEASE NOTE: This talk will start at the non-standard (earlier) time of 7:30pm

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6 May: Jane Goldman, Philip Roth’s The Human Stain: identity politics and categories of the human

This novel about identity politics on an American university campus asks important questions about the intersection of competing concepts of race, class, gender, and sexuality in American culture more widely. Jane suggests that discussion at the meeting will be enhanced if those attending read Philip Roth’s novel beforehand.

Jane Goldman is Reader in English Literature at the University of Glasgow. She is a General Co-Editor of the Cambridge University Press Edition of The Writings of Virginia Woolf, and author of The Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf: Modernism, Post-Impressionism; The Politics of the Visual, and a number of other books and publications on Virginia Woolf. As well as her long-standing interest in American literature, Jane is also a poet and her works have been published in a number of magazines and journals. Border Thoughts (Sufficient Place, 2014) is her first slim volume.

 

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