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the ISRAEL STUDIES research seminars

Ethiopian Music in Tel Aviv: Performing Otherness along Levinski Street


Ilana Webster-Kogen (SOAS) 

4pm Thu 9 February 2017, in Arts Lecture Theatre, Samuel Alexander Building


ABSTRACT: This presentation examines the emerging alternative media hub of Levinski Street, the downmarket thoroughfare in south Tel Aviv where migrants converge for accommodation, commerce and transit. All along Levinski, Filipino, Thai, and Nepalese labour migrants, along with Eritrean asylum seekers, jostle for space in a rich city. Ethiopians, however, are one of the only groups represented along Levinski who hold Israeli citizenship, and Ethiopian-Israelis work there to secure space and power in Israel's major economic centre. They do so through the establishment of restaurants and shops, but music makes the most immediate sensory declaration of Ethiopian presence. The presentation will examine the musical spaces along Levinski that navigate the insider status of citizenship alongside the outsider positioning of minorities. Investigating how the emerging mediascape, and its crossovers with Eritrean spaces, negotiates the terms of citizenship and belonging for Israel's most visible minorities. As the businesses and musical institutions that animate Levinski are described it is contended that race, class and legal status converge in south Tel Aviv around the cultural production that drives citizenship narratives of otherness and belonging. 

SPEAKER: Ilana Webster-Kogen is the Joe Loss Lecturer in Jewish Music at SOAS, University of London. Her work on Ethiopian music in Tel Aviv has been published in Ethnomusicology Forum, African and Black Diaspora, and the Journal of African Cultural Studies. Her forthcoming book manuscript examines Ethiopian-Israeli citizenship discourses as shaped by popular music. At SOAS, she teaches classes in ethnomusicology, klezmer, hip-hop and Middle Eastern music.

Further information about the CJS research seminar programme and other Jewish Studies events at the University. 

other forthcoming EVENTS

Research Seminar Programme 2017


Thursdays at 4pm in the Arts Lecture Theatre Samuel Alexander Building


Thu 23 February: Stacey Gutkowski (King's College London), 'Cultivating a Reasonable Self: Young Secular Jews and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict'

Thu 9 March: Sammy Smooha (University of Haifa), 'Israeli Democracy in Comparative Perspective'

Thu 23 March: Jacob Eriksson (University of York), 'Sweden's recognition of Palestine in 2014: Rationale and effects in theory and practice'

Thu 27 April: Brian Klug (Oxford), 'Words of Fire: Ahad Ha'am and the Jewish Future'

Thu 11 May: Amnon Aran (City University London), 'Framing and Foreign Policy: Israel’s Response to the Arab Uprisings'

Further information about the CJS research seminar programme and other Jewish Studies events at the University. 

other NEWS and EVENTS

MA fees bursaries in Jewish Studies

Masters degree studies at the University of Manchester, 2017-18. This is a home/EU fees bursary for MA students who make Jewish Studies topics their main study focus in their MA in Religions and TheologyThree bursaries will be awarded each year on a competitive basis. There are no eligibility criteria based on nationality, but please note that the bursary is restricted to the maximum cost of home/EU fees. The deadline for applications is Fri 3 February 2017. Further information.

PhD completion

Janek Gryta on The Politics of Memory and Jewish Heritage in Poland. The Centre would like to congratulate Janek Grytaon the successful defence of his doctoral thesis 'The Politics of Memory and Jewish Heritage: Warsaw - Krakow - Lodz after 1989'. His supervisors were Dr Ewa Ochman and Dr Cathy Gelbin. His internal examiner was Prof Vera Tolz-Zilitinkevicand his external examiner was Prof Barbara Törnquist-Plewa (Lund). See the list of current PhD students in the area of Jewish Studies at Manchester.

Bogdanow travel bursary

Student travel awards for educational visits to concentration camps. As part of her bequest to the University of Manchester, Prof. Fanny Bogdanow funded an annual lecture on the Holocaust and a number of student travel bursaries for educational visits to concentration camps. For 2016-17, the Centre for Jewish Studies was able to allocate 8 awards of £400 each. Further information.

New Publication

Corpses of mass violence.  Jean-Marc Dreyfus and Élisabeth Anstett, eds, Human Remains in Society: Curation and Exhibition in the Aftermath of Genocide and Mass-violence(Manchester: MUP, 2016). Holocaust related papers include: '(Re)politicising the dead in post-Holocaust Poland', 'Exhumations in post-war rabbinical responsas' and 'Forensic and archaeological approaches to locating the remains of Holocaust victims'. Further information.

Research Guide, Jews and Methodism

Jews, Judaism and Methodism. We are delighted to announce the availability of Simon Mayers'
 Background to the Methodist Collection and Andy Crome's 
Listing of the Methodist Collection, both of which focus on the materials held in the John Rylands Library relevant to those interested in Methodist attitudes towards Jews and Judaism. Together, these provide an excellent Research Guide for scholars. See opportunities for funding.

New funding

Jewish religion and science.
Daniel Langton has been awarded a fellowship ($30,000) at the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at Pennsylvania University for the autumn semester of 2017. He will contribute to their research programme ('Nature between Science and Religion') with a project on Jews and evolutionary theory. Further information.

New Publication

Ladino and Sephardic Jews. Richard Fay and L. Davcheva, 'Zones of interculturality and linguistic identity: Tales of Ladino by Sephardic Jews in Bulgaria', 24-40, in P. Holmes et al, eds,Intercultural dialogue: Questions of research, theory and practice (London: Routledge, 2016). Further information.

Public lecture, IHR

Israel-Palestine studies. Moshe Behar gave a lecture entitled 'The First Ashkenazi-Mizrahi Controversy on the "Arab Question"' at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London, 23 Jan 2017. Further information.

Co-Directors: Prof. Daniel Langton and Prof. Alex Samely
Seminar Convener: Dr. Lauren Banko | Administrators: Laura Mitchell & Marton Ribary
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