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Seminar: Art Beyond Hostilities: Music and Film in Israel/Palestine

February 23, 2019 | 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Often described as the “world’s most intractable conflict,” the crisis embroiling Israel and Palestine has been making headlines for more than 70 years. But behind the violence and deep political and religious divisions lie human stories, told through artistic interventions into the conflict that reflect the possibilities for, and limitations of, Israeli- Palestinian collaboration.

This Dialogues seminar will focus on cinema and music as examples of Israelis and Palestinians creating art that goes beyond hostilities. We’ll look at the Oscar-nominated Israeli-Palestinian film 5 Broken Cameras (2011) as a case study for the promise, hindrances, and shortcomings in Israeli-Palestinian collaborations in cinema, and then we’ll explore the musical techniques, political ideologies, and power dynamics involved in various collaborations between Israeli and Palestinian musicians. Finally, our scholars will discuss what these collaborations may suggest about the future of conflicts in the region.


Israeli-Palestinian Collaborations in Cinema: Partnerships and Power Disparities

Yaron Shemer, Levine/Sklut Scholar in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Israel Cultural Studies

“There Must Be Another Way”: The Politics of Israeli-Palestinian Musical Collaboration

Michael A. Figueroa, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

Artistic Collaboration Across Political Divides

A panel discussion with our speakers

TIME AND COST: 9:00am-12:30pm Saturday, February 23. The tuition is $65. A meal will not be offered with this seminar. For more information and to register, please visit here. Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Sponsored by Carolina Public Humanities. Co-Sponsored by the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations and the General Alumni Association.


Saturday, February 23 | 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

UNC Chapel Hill (please contact Carolina Public Humanities for exact location)


February 23, 2019
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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