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Lunch Seminar: Ella Shohat

March 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch seminars are for Carolina graduate students and faculty members.

Speaker: Ella Shohat, NYU.

Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary: The Question of Judeo-Arabic

This lecture examines linguistic belonging as invented within national and colonial itineraries. More specifically, it explores the genealogy of the concept of “Judeo-Arabic language” and its axiomatic definition as a cohesive (specifically Jewish) unit separate from Arabic, and classifiable under the historically novel rubric of isolatable “Jewish languages” severed from their neighboring dialect/languages. Does the notion of “Judeo-Arabic” correspond to the designation by the speakers of that language themselves or rather to a paradigm influenced by post-Enlightenment Judaic studies and Jewish nationalism? And in the wake of the colonial partition of Palestine / Israel and the displacement from Arabic-speaking cultural geographies, how should we regard the salvage project for an “endangered Judeo-Arabic?” What are the phantasmic aspects of a conceptual framework that has left a linguistic practice both rejected and desired?

Reservations are required.

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March 2, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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