Sephardi Thought and Modernity

2021 Webinar Series

Series organizers: 

 Angy Cohen (University of Calgary) and Yuval Evri (King’s College London) The series on Sephardi thought and Modernity is a collaboration between the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology of University of Calgary, King’s College London, Universidad Complutense of Madrid and American Sephardi Federation which will be presented in the context of the International Network of Jewish. It consists of a monthly lecture from February through June 2021. The series will present a general picture of different experiences of Sephardi modernization in different places and times. 

The intention is to spark the interest in processes of Jewish modernization not exclusively mediated by Europeanization. The questions we will be dealing with are related to non-dichotomic identities, multiplicity and loss of language, colonization, social transformation, and intellectual responses to it. We will approach these questions by looking at Jewish-Arab influences, the Sephardi response to European modernization, the responses of the rabbinic leadership and the work of Sephardi intellectuals. 

For (international) times and to register, please follow this link:!view/event/event_id/247208

 ·    February 18th: Almog Behar (Tel Aviv University): Between Judeo-Arabic, Literary Arabic and Hebrew in Jewish-Arab (Literary) Modernity 

·       March 18th: Yaakov Yadgar (Oxford School of Global and Area Studies, University of Oxford): Sephardim in Israel and the critique of secularism 

·       April 22nd: Clemence Boulouque (Columbia University): In praise of the Orient: Elia Benamozegh’s Sephardic Modernities 

·       May 20th: Gabriel Abensour (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Rabbi Yosef Knafo’s Struggle for Democratization of Knowledge in Fin de Siècle Essaouira 

·       June 17th: Yuval Evri (King’s College London) and Angy Cohen (University of Calgary): Foreign in a familiar land: language and belonging in the work of Jacqueline Kahanoff, Albert Memmi and Jacques Derrida.

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