Tel Aviv University

Fellowship : October 2021 to June 2022

Discipline(s) : Sociology

Pays : Israel


Le séminaire de résidence de Yehouda Shenhav-Shahrabani et d'Elias Khouri a eu lieu le lundi 14 mars 2022 : Littératures et traduction par le dialogue en zones de conflit colonial

Suggestions de la semaine :

Film : Taste of Cement  film documentaire, réalisation : Ziad Khaltoum, scénario : Ziad Khaltoum, Talal Khoury, Ansgar Frerich

Le film suit des réfugiés syriens travaillant sur le chantier d’un gratte-ciel à Beyrouth, contraints par un couvre-feu de dormir dans les sous-sols du bâtiment en construction. Il met en parallèle le travail des ouvriers construisant un immeuble et des images de destruction de leur pays d’origine en proie à la guerre.

Research project Literatures and Translation through Dialogue in Colonial Conflict Zones.

The projects sets out to explore the language of politics in conflict zones through literature and translation. It is co-authored by Lebanese writer Elias Khouri and Israeli sociologist Yehouda Shenhav-Shahrabani and it is envisioned as a three-year program in association with IAS-Nantes. Per proposal, Khouri and Shenhav-Shahrabani will both be invited as associate fellows to the institute, and while the pair may widely diverge, intellectually, their respective bodies of work nonetheless share common ground to foster a mutually beneficial dialogue. Living and working together for several months, each year as associate fellows will allow Khouri and Shenhav-Shahrabani to tackle different perceptions on various issues, and to disseminate their insights through writing, workshops and public lectures. In the first year, the two will spearhead a team of translation of Khouri’s novels, based on Shenhav-Shahrabani’s theorization of the concept  as specified in his book, Laborers and Actors in Translation (2020,Hebrew).

In year two, they will lead a workshop on the representations of violence in literature in conflict/colonial zones with Khouri’s novels used as case studies. In the third and final year, the workshop will take on a team of translation of Palestinian Nakba literature as a test case of one such instance of historic violence.



Yehouda Shenhav-Shahrabani is a professor emeritus of sociology at Tel Aviv University and the current Editor-in-Chief of the Maktoob series for Hebrew translations of Arabic literature at the Jerusalem Van-Leer Institute. Highlights of his books include Manufacturing Rationality (Oxford University Press, 1999); The Arab-Jews (Stanford University Press, 2006); Beyond the Two States Solution (Polity Press, 2012); Laborers and Actors in Translation (Hebrew, 2020).