Event Date: 19 June 2012
Birkbeck College, University of London,
London WC1E 7HX.
The Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism
in partnership with Birkbeck Institute of Humanities
Proust Among the Nations – from Dreyfus to the Middle East
A roundtable discussion with
- Professor Jacqueline Rose, Queen Mary, University of London;
- Professor Bryan Cheyette, University of Reading;
- Professor David Feldman, Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London;
- Dr Ingrid Wassenaar, author of ‘Proustian Passions’
The conflict between Israel and Palestine has become one of the most enduring and it seems intractable problems of our time. In her new book, Proust among the Nations, Jacqueline Rose uses psychoanalysis, literature, and politics to reveal the conflict as a distinctly Western problem.
Re-examining the Dreyfus affair through the lens of Marcel Proust in dialogue with Freud, Rose offers a new perspective on the rise of Jewish nationalism and the subsequent creation of Israel. Taking the writings of Beckett and Genet, and writers, artists and filmmakers from the Middle East, she traces the shifting dynamic of memory and identity between Europe and Palestine and proposes new ways to think about the political struggle and violence in the Middle East.
This round-table explores and interrogates Jacqueline Rose’s provocative thesis from a range of disciplinary perspectives.
“The relationship between antisemitism and other forms of racism and exclusion is not only a historical question. It is an urgent issue for today.” Professor David Feldman, Director.
The Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism was established by the Pears Foundation and is based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism as well as other forms of racial prejudice and intolerance. It is both independent and inclusive.
Introductions by Professor Antony Bale (Birkbeck) .
Dr Ingrid Wassenaar (author of ‘Proustian Passions‘)
Professor Bryan Cheyette (University of Reading)
Professor David Feldman (Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck)
Professor Jacqueline Rose (Queen Mary, University of London)