Thursday, May 17, 2012 from 6:00 PM to 7:25 PM (BST)
Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism in partnership with Birkbeck School of Arts
Arts Week 2012
Speaker: Professor George Steiner, Churchill College, Cambridge
Date: 17 May 2012
Time: 6.00 – 7.25pm
Venue: Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HX.
Room B34, Torrington Square main entrance
The history of Judaism and of Jewish identity has been characterized by radical inner tensions. These tensions, Professor Steiner suggests, oscillate between priest and prophet, the desert and the city, Zionism and the hopes and ideals of the Diaspora. The Shoah and its legacy have accentuated such divisions. Yet, Steiner argues, the opposing ideals are inextricably interwoven. Is it possible, he asks, to make any responsible conjectures to the future?
Professor Steiner is a Fellow of Churchill College, University of Cambridge. He has held professorships at Yale, Geneva, New York and Oxford and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1998. He is a renowned literary critic, essayist, novelist, scholar and teacher. In his writing he explores comparative literature and the nature and power of language. A further biding concern has been the implication of the Holocaust for our understanding of civilization and culture.
Professor Steiner is a prodigious writer and has published more than 25 books. His non-fiction works include: In Bluebeard’s Castle: Some Notes Towards the Redefinition of Culture (Faber and Faber, 1971) and After Babel: Aspect of Language and Translation (Oxford University Press, 1975), adapted for television as The Tongues of Men (1977). His fiction includes: the controversial novella about Hitler, The Portage to San Cristobel of AH (Faber and Faber, 1981) and Proofs and Three Parables (Faber and Faber, 1992). Most recently he has published: My Unwritten Books (Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 2008) and George Steiner at the New Yorker with Robert Boyers (New Directions, 2009).
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Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism, Birkbeck, University of London
The Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism was established by the Pears Foundation and is based at Birkbeck, University of London. It is a centre of innovative research and teaching, contributing to discussion and policy formation on antisemitism and racism. It is both independent and inclusive. www.pearsinstitute.bbk.ac.uk