A City in Fragments: Urban Text in Modern Jerusalem with Yair Wallach and Shira Robinson

30 Sep 2021


Speakers: Yair Wallach and Shira Robinson
Description: A City in Fragments tells the modern history of a city overwhelmed by its religious and symbolic significance. Yair Wallach walked the streets of Jerusalem to consider the graffiti, logos, inscriptions, official signs, and ephemera that transformed the city over the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. As these urban texts became a tool in the service of capitalism, nationalism, and colonialism, the affinities of Arabic and Hebrew were forgotten and these sister-languages found themselves locked in a bitter war. Looking at the writing of—and literally on—Jerusalem, Wallach offers a creative and expansive history of the city, a fresh take on modern urban texts, and a new reading of the Israel/Palestine conflict through its material culture

Event Date: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Sponsored By: 
George Washington University Institute for Middle East