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Lunchtime Lecture – When Golda Meir danced Hora in the jungle: The rise and fall of Israel’s “African adventure”

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Lunchtime Lecture – When Golda Meir danced Hora in the jungle: The rise and fall of Israel’s “African adventure”

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Lunchtime Lecture – When Golda Meir danced Hora in the jungle: The rise and fall of Israel’s “African adventure”

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Wednesday 23rd August
1.00pm

FREE 

When Golda Meir danced Hora in the jungle: The rise and fall of Israel’s “African adventure” with Eitan Bar-Yosef

From the late 1950s to the early 1970s, thousands of Israeli experts were sent to Black Africa, offering the new postcolonial states assistance in a wide range of fields, while thousands of Africans travelled to Israel to participate in courses and workshops. Focusing on this fascinating yet overlooked episode in Israeli history, our “African adventure” as Golda Meir dubbed it, this lecture traces the complex role played by images of Africa in Israeli history and culture.

Eitan Bar-Yosef is Associate Professor at the Department of Foreign Literatures and Linguistics, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and currently Head of the Department. Specialising in Postcolonial Studies in both British and Israeli contexts, he is the author of The Holy Land in English Culture, 1799–1917: Palestine and the Question of Orientalism and A Villa in the Jungle: Africa in Israeli Culture.

Booking not required.