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Ella Habiba Shohat

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Remembering A Baghdad Elsewhere: An Emotional Cartography

[Iraqi Jews arriving in Israel in 1951. Image from Wikipedia]

A widespread narrative has maintained that Israel rescued Jews from the Arab/Muslim lands, brought them from the Diaspora to the Promised Land, thus ending a millennial Babylonian Exile. Could it be, I have asked, that this engineered In-gathering of the Exiles itself engendered new exiles that resulted in a series of traumatic ruptures? In the wake of these new diasporizations, what memories could be narrated and which were to be erased in order to fit the official picture ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ella Shohat, Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation

[Cover of Ella Shohat,

Ella Shohat, Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (1989). New Edition. New York and London: I. B. Tauris, 2010 [When Ella Shohat’s book Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation was first published in 1989, Edward Said wrote: “Shohat's Israeli Cinema is a tour-de-force. Not only is it theoretically sophisticated, it is also deeply rooted in the changing politics and perceptions of the Israeli predicament as they bear upon Israeli ...

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Independence, Nakba, and the Visual Archive

[Juliano Mir Khamis. Image from Unknown Archive]

As part of our recognition of the life, work and tragic death of Juliano Mer-Khamis (1958-2011), we are publishing an excerpt from Ella Shohat’s recent postscript chapter to the new edition of Israeli Cinema: East /West and the Politics of Representation (IB Tauris, London), which features a discussion of Juliano’s powerful documentary, Arna’s Children. The excerpt is taken from the section, “Independence, Nakba and the Visual Archive,” published with the ...

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Bio

Ella Habiba Shohat

 

Ella Habiba Shohat is Professor of Cultural Studies at New York University. Her books include: Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices (Duke Univ. Press, 2006); Israeli Cinema: East/West and the Politics of Representation (Univ. of Texas Press, 1989; Updated Edition with a new postscript chapter, I.B. Tauris, 2010); Talking Visions: Multicultural Feminism in a Transnational Age (MIT & The New Museum of Contemporary Art, 1998); Dangerous Liaisons: Gender, Nation and Postcolonial Perspectives (co-edited with Anne McClintock & Aamir Mufti, Univ. of Minnesota Press, 1997); and with Robert Stam, Unthinking Eurocentrism (Routledge, 1994), winner of the (Katherine Kovacs Singer Best Book Award); Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality and Transnational Media (Rutgers Univ. Press, 2003); Flagging Patriotism: Crises of Narcissism and Anti-Americanism (Routledge, 2007); and Race in Translation: Culture Wars Around the Postcolonial Atlantic (NYU press, 2012). Shohat’s co-edited (with Evelyn Alsultany) volume Between the Middle East and the Americas: The Cultural Politics of Diaspora is just out from Univ. of Michigan Press.  Her writing has been translated into diverse languages, including:  French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Arabic, Hebrew, Turkish, Polish, and Romanian. Shohat has also served on the editorial board of several journals, including: Social Text; Critique: Critical Middle Eastern Studies; Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism; Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies; and Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication. She is a recipient of such fellowships as Rockefeller and the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University, where she also taught at The School of Criticism and Theory. She was awarded a Fulbright research / lectureship at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, for studying the cultural intersections between the Middle East and Latin America.