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Israeli Musics; Beyond Nationalist Signifiers
Featuring Prof. Assaf Shelleg

Thursday, April 24, 2014 | 5:15 - 6:45 PM
Leah M. Smith Hall, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

Despite the proliferation of musical styles that stemmed from Israel’s ethnic proximities, its histories have been punctuated by political dates or “representations”. With nationalism as the main yardstick by which music is measured, narratives consisted of responses to Israeli wars or otherwise formulations whose easily identifiable musical citations rang the bells-and-whistles of the Zionist project. Examining the mechanism of Hebrew Culture in pre- and post-statehood years, Assaf Shelleg’s talk will separate national rhetoric from processes of cultural hybridization so as to disclose cases in which music seeps across political and aesthetic borders to undermine both nationalist edifices as well as categories such as folk, popular, and art musics.

Assaf Shelleg is the Schusterman Visiting Assistant Professor of Musicology and Jewish Studies in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia. He was previously the visiting Efroymson Scholar in the Jewish, Islamic & Near Eastern Languages and Cultures department at Washington University in St. Louis. Shelleg specializes in twentieth-century Jewish and Israeli art music and his research has been published in some of the leading journals in both musicology and Israel Studies. A trained pianist, he is also a regular musical contributor to Ha'aretz newspaper. Shelleg’s book, Jewish Contiguities and the Soundtrack of Israeli History, is scheduled to appear this fall with Oxford University Press.

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Maryland Day 2014
Israeli Folk Dancing

Saturday, April 26 | 10 AM - 4 PM
McKeldin Mall

Join the Gildenhorn Institute for Israel Studies at Maryland Day 2014, an annual event that showcases everything that the University of Maryland has to offer. We will be located at Terp Town Center for a fun day of Israeli folk dancing.
Dancing Times and Locations:
10:40 – 11:20 AM - The Big Top Tent
12:00- 12:30 PM - Israel Studies Table @ Terp Town Center
1:00 – 1:30 PM - Israel Studies Table @ Terp Town Center
2:00 – 2:30 PM - Israel Studies Table @ Terp Town Center

For more information about Maryland Day, visit


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