Sunday, April 8, 2012

On Tuesday: Conflict and Coexistance

Wish you could have been in Naor Ben-Yehoyada's class this semester but didn't get to take it? Come hear him speak at Hillel on Tuesday!

Conflict and Coexistence:
The Historical Anthropology of Israel/Palestine

talk and discussion with Naor Ben-Yehoyada, Department of Social Anthropology
7-8:30PM on Tuesday, April 10
Smith Hall Harvard Hillel

Hosted by the Harvard College Progressive Jewish Alliance,

We will discuss how historical anthropology can illuminate the processes that since the late 19th century shaped both conflict and coexistence in Israel-Palestine. The talk will focus on the relationships between land, labor, social structure, colonization, and national consciousness among Jews and Arabs before 1948. We will then see how these dynamics shaped culture and society in Israel to this day. For example, how did the Zionist project transform religious identity and community into national belonging? How were Hebrew, Palestinian Arabic, and other present languages changed and how did they interact in daily life and cultural projects?

Naor Ben-Yehoyada is a Visiting Lecturer and Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies in Harvard’s Anthropology Department, Director of Undergraduate Programs at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. He studies the historical anthropology of region formation in the Mediterranean, and this spring, teaches a seminar on Political Economy as well as a class called Conflict and Coexistence: Historical Anthropology of Israel/Palestine.

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