November 21, 2008

The Returns of Zionism

SOAS Palestine Society
Gabriel Piterberg
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

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
John Chalcraft
Lecturer in Empire/Imperialism, Govt, LSE

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