Faculty Colloquium Series: Ashley Passmore

“No Union in Reunion: Mizrahi Redefinition of Holocaust Memory in Berlin”

Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 4-5 p.m.
Glasscock Center Library, 311 Glasscock Building
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Ashley Passmore | Assistant Professor, Department of International Studies, 2017-2018 Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellow

Abstract
The presence of Israelis in Germany challenges both Zionist/Jewish national discourses of diaspora and Germany’s own national memory culture of its genocidal past. Passmore’s project looks at Israelis in Germany who identify as Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) and how they complicate the dominant narrative of German Jews returning to Germany. She analyzes the recent works of the Mizrahi writer and poet, Mati Shemoelof, who has created a new lexicon of differentiation and empathy connected to the Mizrahi interface with a newly syncretic Berlin. In his poetry volume, Last Tango in Berlin (2014), and in his recent collection of short fiction, Remnants of the Cursed Book (2015), Shemoelof articulates Mizrahi positionality within the context of German Holocaust memory as a potential arbiter of transformation in the present.

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