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TODAY - National narratives, truth telling and the role of the historian during national conflicts: the Palestinian-Israeli case

When: Thursday, April 03, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Where: Susquahanna : Please note the change of location! : 3105
Event Type(s): Lecture

Anyone who reads accounts of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict cannot but be intrigued by the
contradictory narratives of events as recounted by historians from different perspectives. While it is
hardly surprising that competing national movements produce competing narratives of conflicts
between them, still it raises questions with regard to the motivations of historians to write in a certain way and to the role of the historian in times of conflict. In this lecture focusing on the historiography of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Prof. Hillel Cohen will unpack and analyze the tension between national loyalty and the historian's commitment to the 'truth', and stress the role of the historian's own sentiments and feelings in determining his or her perspective.


For more information, contact:
Samantha Levine
Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies and Confucius Institute
+1 301 405 9413

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