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ONLINEArénas: Music Remembers What History Forgets

May 7, 2024 Free
Neta Elkayam (Courtesy photo: Amit Hai Cohen)

In “Carving Out Light: Sephardi/Mizrahi Women’s Paradigm Change,” the fourth annual Sephardi Modernities Seminar Series, we interrogate the scholarly frameworks around the diversity of modernization processes in the Sephardi/Judeo-Arab world that connect our research and the future we aspire to.

In the midst of war, loss and uncertainty, we turn to the work of Sephardi and Mizrahi women as researchers, activists and creators of ethical and political paradigms. We will look at the history of Mizrahi women activists in Israel, Sephardi female intellectuals, Sephardi women’s musical heritage, and Judeo-Arab women’s knowledge and creation. We will look at historical struggles that extend to our present time. Through the experiences of Sephardi and Mizrahi women, we will reflect upon questions of social justice, peace and the continuity of traditions. We will ask questions about the authority of Sephardi and Mizrahi women’s knowledge and will put forward three different perspectives on Sephardi and Mizrahi women’s ethics.

Our speaker will be Neta Elkayam, a renowned, multidisciplinary artist and musician who has gained recognition worldwide as a performer of North African music.

Having graduated the Key School of Arts (Be’er Sheva) with honors, Neta creates music and art inspired by North African Jewish artists and connects their spirit and roots to contemporary global arts and music scenes. Neta’s creative approach mixes influences of Andalusian, Amazigh and Mediterranean music, as well as rock, pop and jazz. She performed at many festivals and venues around the world, including the Essaouira Music Festival and the Marrakech International Film Festival in Morocco, GWMF Gibraltar, the Krakow Jewish Festival, IMA – Institut du Monde Arabe Paris and more. Neta was awarded the 2017 ACUM Music Prize and the Sami Michael Award for Social Equality in 2019, as well as the Moroccan “Salam Contemporary Arts Forum” prize in 2021 and was granted the Moroccan TMM Trophy for spreading the Moroccan Jewish Voice around the world (March 2022).

The Sephardi Modernities Seminar is a partnership between the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University and the Belzberg Program in Israel Studies, University of Calgary. Organized by Dr. Angy Cohen, Inaugural Hy and Jenny Belzberg Postdoctoral Associate in Israel Studies, Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary, and Dr. Yuval Evri, Assistant Professor of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies on the Marash and Ocuin Chair in Ottoman, Mizrahi, and Sephardic Jewish Studies, Brandeis University.

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