When Golda Meir Danced Hora in the Jungle: The African Journey in Israeli Culture

Date/Time: Wed 30 Aug / 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Room H1.16, Building H, 900 Dandenong Road, Caulfield Campus


Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC)

Public Lecture 

Presented by Professor Eitan Bar-Yosef, the ACJC 2017 Don and Sonia Marejn Visiting Scholar; Head of the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel


From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, thousands of Israeli experts were sent to Black Africa, offering the new postcolonial states assistance in a wide range of fields – while thousands of Africans travelled to Israel to participate in courses and workshops. Focusing on this fascinating yet overlooked episode in Israeli history—our “African adventure”, as Golda Meir dubbed it—this lecture traces the complex role played by images of Africa in Israeli history and culture.

PRESENTERS:
Professor Eitan Bar-Yosef, the ACJC 2017 Don. Professor Eitan Bar-Yosef is the Head of the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel. A literary scholar and cultural historian, his work spans a range of fields – Postcolonial Studies, Jewish Studies, and Theatre Studies, in both the British and Israeli contexts.

Sonia Marejn Visiting Scholar; Head of the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

DATE
Wednesday 30 Aug

TIME
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

VENUE
Monash University
H1.16 Ground Floor, Building H
900 Dandenong Road
Caulfield Campus

For further information, please contact Amy Benjamin 9903 5016

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