On Sponges and Lost Love: Three Poems and a Few Comments on Arab-Jewish History in Iraq

A talk by Orit Bashkin of the University of Chicago.

Thu, March 22, 2012 | SAC 1.106

4:00 PM

In the years 1921–1951, the Iraqi Jewish community thrived. Numbering around 150,000, this primarily urban community figured prominently in Iraq’s culture, literature and economy. This talk will raise a few questions relating to the meanings of the Jewish sense of belonging to the Iraqi community through a reading of three poems written by Iraqi Jews. In doing so, Bashkin explores the ways in which Iraqi Jews wrote about modernity and secularism, and the manners in which their texts shed light on sociocultural processes occurring in Iraq at the time.

Orit Bashkin is Associate Professor of Modern Middle East History at the University of Chicago.

Sponsored by: The Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Department of History, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, the Institute for Historical Studies

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