"National Intelligibility in Israel/Palestine" | Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
University of Pittsburgh

"National Intelligibility in Israel/Palestine"

February 24, 2010 - 12:00pm
Colleen Jankovic (PhD student in English, Film & Women's Studies)

Women's Studies

This presentation shares some of my research (supported by a Women’s Studies Research Fund grant in May 2009) into Israeli/Palestinian film and visual culture.

Through film and textual examples, I explore the concept of national intelligibility as a framework for inquiry into how certain images or subjects can symbolically represent the nation, and how others mark a radical alterity.  As a historically contingent and complex process, I suggest that national intelligibility can no longer be understood simply in binary terms—such as West/East, self/other, hetero-/homo-, included/excluded and so on—and thus offers ways to understand apparent contradictions such as Brand Israel’s promotion of Israel as a gay mecca and a Palestinian national cinema without a nation.  Since the presentation reflects work in progress, feedback and discussion are especially welcome. 

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This event counts for Outside the Classroom Curriculum credit.

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