Mystical Patriotism: Palestine and the Politics of the National Dress
Date(s) - 02/01/2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Mystical Patriotism: Palestine and the Politics of the National Dress. Hosted by UW Madision, Middle East Studies Department.
February 1st, 2021. 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST.
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The production of the “virtual” nation of Palestine in film is associated with fabric artifacts, such as rugs and dresses, since the inception of Palestinian fiction cinema, or at least since the first international recognition of that cinema, thanks to Michel Khleifi’s Wedding in Galilee. These serve as metonymies of Palestinian-nes
Khleifi reinforces the trope of the female body wrapped in fabric as a metaphor of the “authentic” nation, through the politics of the national dress bearing distinctive ornamentations,
This mystical patriotism is nevertheless de-romanticized
This talk is presented by Walid El Khachab, Associate Professor and Coordinator of Arabic Studies, York University, Canada, and the Co-Director of ACANS, the Arab Canadian Studies Research Group. He edited the volume: Arabs: Out of the Impasse? In French, published in Paris, Éditions Corlet, in 2004. Since then he has published in English, Franch and Arabic, in New York, Durham, Montreal, Toronto, Cairo, Istanbul and Paris more than 50 chapters in books and academic articles on Arabic cultures and Islam, particularly on national identities and modernity, the politics of mysticism and cinema & popular culture.