November 21, 2008

The Returns of Zionism

SOAS Palestine Society
Presents:
Gabriel Piterberg
THE RETURNS OF ZIONISM
Myths, Politics and Scholarship in Israel
Monday 24th Nov
SOAS Main Building
7pm, G2

In this original and wide-ranging study, Gabriel Piterberg examines the ideology and literature behind the colonization of Palestine , from the late nineteenth century to the present. Exploring Zionism's origins in Central-Eastern European nationalism and settler movements, he shows how its texts can be placed within a wider discourse of western colonization. Piterberg revisits the work of Theodor Herzl, Gershom Scholem, Anita Shapira and David Ben-Gurion, among other thinkers influential in the formation of the Zionist myth, to break open prevailing views of Zionism. He demonstrates that it was in fact unexceptional, expressing a consciousness and imagination typical of colonial settler movement. Shaped by European ideological currents and the realities of colonial life, Zionism constructed its own story as a unique and impregnable one, in the process excluding the voices of an indigenous people - the Palestinian Arabs.

About the Author
GABRIEL PITERBERG teaches history at UCLA, and has taught at St Antony's and Balliol Colleges , Oxford . His previous books include An Ottoman Tragedy: History and Historiography at Play. He writes for the New Left Review and the London Review of Books.
SOAS Palestine Society
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square , London
WC1H 0XG
Email:palsoc@soas.ac.uk

The same event is taking place on Wednesday 26/11/08 at the London School of Economics.
LSE New Academic Building
5.15 pm, Room 2.04
Chair
John Chalcraft
Lecturer in Empire/Imperialism, Govt, LSE

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