On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements

Ella Shohat in conversation


Tuesday, 4th July 2017, 18:30 - 20:00


We are delighted to welcome Ella Shohat, who will be in conversation with Brian Klug to mark the release of her new book of selected writings 'On the Arab-Jew, Palestine, and Other Displacements'

Spanning several decades, Ella Shohat’s work has introduced conceptual frameworks that fundamentally challenged conventional understandings of Palestine, Zionism and the Middle East, focusing on the pivotal figure of the Arab-Jew. This book gathers together her most influential political essays, interviews, speeches, testimonies and memoirs. as well as previously unpublished material.

Defying the binarist and Eurocentric Arab-versus-Jew rendering of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, Shohat’s work has dared to engage with the deeper historical and cultural questions swirling around colonialism, Orientalism and nationalism. Shohat’s paradigm-shifting work unpacks such fraught issues as the anomalies of the national/colonial in Zionist discourse; the narrating of Jewish pasts in Muslim spaces; the links and distinctions between the dispossession of the Nakba and the dislocation of Arab-Jews; the traumatic memories triggered by partition and border-crossing; the echoes within Islamophobia of the anti-Semitic figure of ‘the Jew’; and the efforts to imagine a possible future inter-communal ‘convivencia’.



Ella Shohat is  an Arab Jew from a Baghdadi family now living in New York, is Professor of Cultural Studies and of Middle Eastern Studies, New York University. Among her many books are Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation and Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices.

Brian Klug is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St. Benet’s Hall, University of Oxford, and Honorary Fellow of the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton. His books include: Words of Fire: Selected Essays of Ahad Ha 'am (2015), Being Jewish and Doing Justice (2011), Offence: The Jewish Case (2009) and (co- editor) A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity (2008). He is Associate Editor of Patterns of Prejudice and on the international advisory boards of Islamophobia Studies Yearbook and ReOrient: The Journal of Critical Muslim Studies.



Ghada Karmi was born in Jerusalem and trained as a doctor of medicine at Bristol University. She established the first British-Palestinian medical charity in 1972 and was an Associate Fellow at the Royal Institute for International Affairs. Her previous books include Jerusalem Today: What Future for the Peace Process?, The Palestinian Exodus 1948-1998 (with Eugene Cotran), Married to Another Man: Israel's Dilemma in Palestine, In Search of Fatima : A Palestinian Story and Return: A Palestinian Memoir . She writes frequently for the Guardian and the Nation.