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Art Beyond Hostilities: Music and Film in Israel/Palestine

February 23 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

In collaboration with the Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations

Often described as the “world’s most intractable conflict,” the crisis embroiling Israel and Palestine has been making headlines for more than 70 years. But behind the violence and deep political and religious divisions lie human stories, told through artistic interventions into the conflict that reflect the possibilities for, and limitations of, Israeli- Palestinian collaboration.This Dialogues seminar will focus on cinema and music as examples of Israelis and Palestinians creating art that goes beyond hostilities.We’ll look at the Oscar-nominated Israeli-Palestinian film 5 Broken Cameras (2011) as a case study for the promise, hindrances, and shortcomings in Israeli-Palestinian collaborations in cinema, and then we’ll explore the musical techniques, political ideologies, and power dynamics involved in various collaborations between Israeli and Palestinian musicians. Finally, our scholars will discuss what these collaborations may suggest about the future of conflicts in the region.


Israeli-Palestinian Collaborations in Cinema: Partnerships and Power Disparities
Yaron Shemer, Levine/Sklut Scholar in Jewish Studies and Associate Professor of Israel Cultural Studies

“There Must Be Another Way”: The Politics of Israeli-Palestinian Musical Collaboration
Michael A. Figueroa, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology

Artistic Collaboration Across Political Divides
A panel discussion with our speakers


9:00am-12:30pm Saturday, February 23. The tuition is $65. A meal will not be offered with this seminar.

Discounts are available for UNC students, faculty, & staff. See our UNC Student, Staff, & Faculty Discounted Registration Policy here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

Register for this seminar.

Please note: Registered participants will receive an email with all the Dialogues’ seminar information approximately two weeks before the program date. 


February 23
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Chapel Hill Campus
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