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VIRTUAL: IAS Book Launch - In Exile: Geography, Philosophy and Judaic Thought

17 March 2021, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

In Exile: Geography, Philosophy and Judaic Thought by Jessica Dubow

We are very pleased to launch 'In Exile: Geography, Philosophy and Judaic Thought' by Jessica Dubow (Sheffield) with responses from Jacqueline Rose (Birkbeck) and Michael Steinberg (Brown), and chaired by Tamar Garb (UCL)

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In Exile explores how ideas of exile, and the exilic body, form the basis of a specifically Jewish critical consciousness. Analysing key figures in a twentieth-century Jewish intellectual and theological tradition – Franz Rosenzweig, Walter Benjamin, Isaiah Berlin, Hannah Arendt – the book views exile as a particular process or category of thought, prompting us to disentangle the structural alliances of time and territory, identity and sovereignty, secularity and the sacred. In this, exile’s disorientations expose possibilities of new orientations: repatriating displacement back to the heart of territory, making a case for the intensities of the subject’s relation to a non-location, asking how we might revalue the excesses and inadequacies found there.

Throughout the book, the author’s preoccupations with cultural geography intersect with the fields of Jewish studies, critical theory, philosophy and European intellectual history, tracking the anxious but shared ground of Judaic spatiality and the critical imagination.  

This book is published by Bloomsbury.

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About the Speaker

Dr Jessica Dubow

Reader in Cultural Geography at University of Sheffield

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