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Preservation of Jewish Heritage and Debating Egypt’s Past and Present

Hosted By: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University

This year, the Sephardi Modernities Seminar will exploring the relationship between our narratives about the past and the future to which we aspire. The ways in which scholars approach the stories, events, characters, and historical processes of the Sephardi/Levantine past are inevitably guided by values, by their moral and political beliefs. Which elements of the past do they strive to preserve, reclaim and grant continuity? What are they trying to say about a potential future? Which stories become part of canonized history, and which ones are dismissed as mere anecdotes? Which theoretical, social, political, and cultural frameworks do they wrestle with, and which do they seek to advance?

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