The Jew, The Migrant: Experience - Metaphor - Poetry

Date: 4 December 2019

Venue: UAntwerp, Stadscampus, Building R, room R.012 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 ANTWERPEN (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus)

Time: 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Organization / co-organization: Institute of Jewish Studies

Short description: Lecture in English by Prof. Vivian Liska (Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerp)

About the lecture

The idea of the Jew as exemplary migrant, as eternal wanderer, as exiled nomad, is a pervasive notion in philosophy, politics, and the arts. After WW2 and the destruction of European Jewry, and in the face of the foundation of a Jewish nation-state, the image of the Jew as “eternal wanderer” had to be re-conceived. In the past decades, Jewish and non-Jewish thinkers alike have appealed to this centuries-old narrative of Jewish migration. They have sought both to reverse the hostile view of the uprooted Jew, and to metaphorically invoke the Jew to propagate a universally valid alternative—even counterforce—to territorial ideologies. The simultaneity of these concerns raises fundamental and topical questions about the politics and poetics of exile and migration.


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