The Holocaust and the Nakba

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Book seminar

Friday 11. October 2019, at 09:15 until at 12:00

Venue: Kjelleren - The Basement

Host: Bjørknes høyskole

Entrance: Free entry

The Holocaust and the Nakba

Few historical associations are as sensitive as the Genocide of the Jewish People and the Palestinian Catastrophe of 1948—the Holocaust and the Nakba. Both are at the heart of the ongoing Israeli and Palestinian conflict, and the connection between them is typically seen as taboo and heretical.

 

History and memory

In The Holocaust and the Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History (Columbia University Press, 2018), leading Arab and Jewish intellectuals challenge the taboo to examine how and why the Holocaust and the Nakba are interlinked. The book does not seek to draw a parallel or comparison between the Holocaust and Nakba, nor does it merely inaugurate a “dialogue” between them. Instead, it searches for a new historical and political grammar to narrate the points where they meet. The effort involves history, as much it involves memory. It is about the past, and the different ways in which the past is and ought to be remembered.

 

Welcome to the book seminar

The International Studies program at Bjørknes University College is honored to invite you to a book seminar on The Holocaust and the Nakba at Litteraturhuset in Oslo on October 11th 2019. The event will include a general presentation of the edited volume by Nadim Khoury, one of the contributors to the book and Associate Professor II in International Studies at Bjørknes University College. Following the presentation, Anton Weiss-Wendt (Research Professor, Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies), and Sune Haugbolle (Associate Professor, Global Studies at Roskilde University) will comment on the links between the Holocaust and the Nakba from the perspective of comparative genocide research and memory studies. The event will be chaired by Marte Heian-Engdal, senior adviser at the Norwegian Center for Conflict Resolution.

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Program:
09:15 – 09:30 Welcoming remarks: Marte Heian-Engdal and Torstein Dale Akerlund
09:30 – 10:10 Nadim Khoury: Holocaust and Nakba as “foundational pasts”
10:10 – 10:20 Questions
10:20 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:00 Commentary: Anton Weiss-Wendt
11:00 – 11:30 Commentary: Sune Haugbolle
11:30 – 12:00 Debate and Questions

Coffee and pastries will be served. Free entry -welcome!