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Dr Seth Anziska

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Mohamed S. Farsi-Polonsky Lecturer in Jewish-Muslim Relations


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Seth Anziska is the Mohamed S. Farsi-Polonsky Lecturer in Jewish-Muslim Relations at UCL, with a focus on Israeli and Palestinian society and culture, modern Middle Eastern history, and contemporary Arab and Jewish politics. He received his PhD in International and Global History, with distinction, from Columbia University (2015), and was awarded the Oxford University Press Dissertation Prize in International History (2016). Seth holds an M. Phil. in Modern Middle Eastern Studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford (2008), and a BA in history, cum laude, from Columbia University (2006). In 2016-2017, Seth was the Taub Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University, and he has been a visiting fellow at the American University of Beirut and the London School of Economics.


Dr. Anziska’s research is focused on the international history of the Middle East in the 20th century, particularly Israel/Palestine, Lebanon, and US relations with the wider region. His first book, on the fate of Palestinian self-determination in the 1970s and 1980s, will be published by Princeton University Press. Utilizing newly released archival materials and oral history interviews from across Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, the US, and the UK, it examines the emergence of the 1978 Camp David Accords and the consequences of international diplomacy in circumscribing Palestinian sovereignty. Dr. Anziska is also interested in archival practices and visual culture of the Middle East, as well as the legacy of Arab-Jewish encounters in Europe and the Levant. Ongoing projects include an international history of the 1982 Lebanon War, with early findings published in a New York Times piece that marked the 30th anniversary of the Sabra and Shatila massacre. Dr. Anziska’s second book investigates an incident of wartime refusal over the Mediterranean, drawing on his collaboration with a former Israeli air force pilot and a leading Lebanese artist for the 2013 Venice Biennale. Piecing together rumors and memories between Jaffa and Beirut, it explores the possibility and limitations of historical research across national borders given the afterlife of political violence.


Jewish-Muslim Relations in Historical Perspective (First and Second Term, 2017-2018)

Sources, Methods, Skills (First Term, 2017-2018)

Introduction to Israeli Culture, Society and Politics (Second Term, 2017-2018)

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