Date/time: October 14, 2015 at 7:00pm
Place: Carleton 139, UNB Fredericton
Hosts: UNB Political Science, UNB History, UNB International Development Studies and the Gregg Centre.
Supported by Fredericton Palestine Solidarity, Jews for a Just Peace Fredericton and the NB Media Co-op.
A dramatic transformation took place in the landscape and demography of Israel after the 1948 war, as hundreds of Palestinian villages throughout the country were depopulated, and for the most part physically erased. How has this transformation been perceived by Israelis?
Kadman’s talk suggests some answers, based on a research that systematically explores aspects of the Israeli discourse concerning the depopulated Palestinian villages. The talk focuses on the most ordinary, everyday encounters of Israelis with the memory of the villages, their representations and their physical remains: Using place names, utilizing a map, travelling around the country, and living in rural communities established in the sites of depopulated Palestinian villages.
Noga Kadman is an Israeli researcher in the field of human rights and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, whose main interest is to explore the encounter between Israelis and the Palestinian presence in the landscape and history of the country. She is also a licensed tour guide who deals mostly with the hidden Palestinian layers of the landscape in Israel. Noga is the author of the recently published Erased from Space and Consciousness: Israel and the Depopulated Palestinian Village of 1948, and co-editor of Once Upon a Land: A Tour Guide to Depopulated Palestinian Villages and Towns (in Hebrew and Arabic).
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