Sites of Religious Memory in an Age of Exodus: Western Mediterranean

General Programming

April 6, 2018 Friday, 9:00am–5:00pm EDT Casa Hispanica, Columbia University
  • Department of Anthropology
  • Maison Francaise
  • Italian Academy
  • Middle East Institute
  • Hispanic Institute for Latin American and Iberian Cultures
  • Center for Palestine Studies
  • Free and open to the public
  • No registration necessary
  • First come, first seated

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This day-long event is the third of a three-piece series that focuses on the movement of people across and along the Mediterranean and the emergence, re-signification, and use of sites of memory. Bringing together a mix of panelists from the humanities and social sciences, the day will include work by the following scholars: Avi Astor (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona), Nina Zhiri (UC San Diego), Isolina Ballesteros (CUNY), Eric Calderwood (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Charles Hirschkind (UC Berkeley).

Organized by Seth Kimmel and Naor Ben-Yehoyada.


8:45-9:15: Breakfast

9:15-9:30: Introductions from Seth and Naor

9:30-10:45: Avi Astor (Autònoma de Barcelona)

Respondent: Abigail Balbale (Bard Graduate Center)

10:45-11:00: Coffee

11:00-12:15: Nina Zhiri (UCSD)

Respondent: James Amelang (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

12:15-1:15: Lunch

1:15-2:30: Isolina Ballesteros (CUNY)

Respondent: Clémence Boulouque (Columbia)

2:30-2:45: Coffee

2:45-4:00: Eric Calderwood (Illinois)

Respondent: Sarah Pearce (NYU)

4:00-4:15: Coffee

4:15-5:30: Charles Hirschkind (Berkeley)

Respondent: Daniela Flesler (SUNY Stony Brook)

5:30-6:00: Concluding Discussion

  • Eric Calderwood Assistant Professor of Comparative and World Literatures University of Illinois
  • Charles Hirschkind Associate Professor of Sociocultural Anthropology University of California, Berkeley
  • Avi Astor Professor in the Department of Sociology Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
  • Isolina Ballesteros Full Professor and Chair of Film Studies Program Baruch College, City University of New York
  • Oumelbanine Nina Zhiri Professor of French Literature University of California, San Diego
  • Respondent Clémence Boulouque Carl and Bernice Witten Assistant Professor of Jewish and Israel Studies Columbia University
  • Respondent Daniela Flesler Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies Stony Brook University
  • Respondent Sarah Pearce Associate Professor New York University
  • Respondent James Amelang Associate Professor Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Respondent Abigail Balbale Assistant Professor Bard Graduate Center