Zionism: An Emotional State by Derek Penslar: Book launch event
Emotion lies at the heart of all national movements, and Zionism is no exception. For those who identify as Zionist, the word connotes liberation and redemption, uniqueness and vulnerability. Yet for many, Zionism is a source of distaste if not disgust, and those who reject it are no less passionate than those who embrace it. The power of such emotions helps explain why a word originally associated with territorial aspiration has survived so many years after the establishment of the Israeli state.

Zionism: An Emotional State expertly demonstrates how the energy propelling the Zionist project originates from bundles of feeling whose elements have varied in volume, intensity, and durability across space and time. Beginning with an original typology of Zionism and a new take on its relationship to colonialism, Penslar then examines the emotions that have shaped Zionist sensibilities and practices over the course of the movement’s history. The resulting portrait of Zionism reconfigures how we understand Jewish identity amidst continuing debates on the role of nationalism in the modern world.
Date: 8 June 2023, 16:00 (Thursday, 7th week, Trinity 2023)
Venue: St Anne's College, Woodstock Road OX2 6HS
Venue Details: Seminar Room 8
Speaker: Professor Derek Penslar (Harvard University)
Organising department: Oxford School of Global and Area Studies
Organiser: Professor Yaacov Yadgar
Organiser contact email address: yaacov.yadgar@area.ox.ac.uk
Booking required?: Not required
Audience: Public
Editor: Yaacov Yadgar