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Sephardi Thought and Modernity Series: Continuity and Rupture

Hosted By: Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University, Belzberg Program in Israel Studies at the University of Calgary

Session 1: The Future of Old Scholarship: A Poetics of My Experience Studying Jews and Arabs in the Levant, with Ammiel Alcalay (Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY) This series focuses on the question of continuity and rupture as a way to deepen our dialogue about the different forms that modernity has adopted throughout Sephardi history. We will discuss questions such as the meaning of the concept of “modernity” in non-European contexts such as the Levant and/or the Arab world. We will explore how non-European Jewish societies developed ways of life and practices that synthesized tradition, change and cultural diversity throughout time. We will delve into Sephardi intellectual life, cosmopolitanism, cultural belongings, language, translation and mobility. Free and open to all.

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