This conference on April 5-7, 2017, will bring Israeli scholars and artists together to examine critical issues in Israeli society through the arts. Drawing on music, film, theater, dance, and visual culture, the conference will focus on the meeting and mixing between social groups, identities, and art forms. The participants will engage with each other and the audience through discussions and performances to explore how the arts express and shape Israel today.

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Wednesday, April 5

Conference Opening: Film Screening, at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and life

5:30pm
Reception
6:00pm
Film Screenings and Discussion

“Women in Sink/Hafifa” (2015, 36 minutes)

“The Women’s Balcony” (2016, 96 minutes)

8:15pm
Q and A with filmmakers Iris Zaki and Emil Ben Shimon

Moderator: Ilana Szobel

9:00pm End of Program

Thursday, April 6

Conversations in the Arts

8:30am
Breakfast at The Bancroft Hotel
9:00-10:30am

Panel I: The State of the Arts in Israel

Scholars will explore and discuss many of the current exciting creators in the Israeli arts scene and the ways in which they are addressing topical social and political questions through their art. Art highlights social themes in specific ways and through specific forms; the lenses of art can allow viewers and participants to experience critical issues in Israeli society in new ways. The speakers will provide scholarly overviews of “the state of the arts” in the visual arts, in music, in theatre, drama, and performance studies.

Panelists will include Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, Motti Regev, and Gannit Ankori.

Moderator: Francesco Spagnolo

10:30am
Coffee Break
11:00am- 12:30pm

Panel II: Roundtable: Israel Between Cultures and Identities

This round table includes several participating artists – working in different genres from music to theatre to visual culture – talking together with a moderator about the intersection of multiple cultures in Israel, with one another and with diverse artistic mediums. How do the artists shape and perceive Israeli and other identities through their art forms, and where do they draw/express the boundaries of Israeliness (and otherness)?

With Yair Dalal, Iris Zaki, Eyal Weiser, Ibrahim Miari, Raafat Hattab

Moderator: Ben Brinner

12:30-1:30pm
Lunch
1:30-2:30pm

Panel III: Artist/Scholar Discussion: Eyal Weiser with Sharon Aronson-Lehavi

2:30pm
Coffee Break
3:00-4:30pm

Panel IV: Roundtable: Performing Religion, Gender, and Sexuality in Israel

This round table includes several participating artists – working in different genres from music to theatre to visual culture – talking together with a moderator about the intersections of religion, gender and sexuality in Israel, both with one/ another and with diverse artistic mediums. How do the artists grapple with these themes in their work?

With Iris Zaki, Nelly Agassi, Elad Schechter, Emil Ben Shimon, Raafat Hattab

Moderators: Merav Singer and Noam Gil

Israeli Artists in Performance, at The Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life

6:00pm
Dinner Reception
6:30pm
Performances

Yair Dalal
c.a.t.a.m.o.n dance troupe
Ibrahim Miari

8:30pm End of Program

Friday, April 7

Continued Conversations in Arts and Technology

8:30am
Breakfast at Berkeley Law (Goldberg Room)
9:00-10:00am

Panel V: Artist/Scholar Conversation: Nelly Agassi with Gannit Ankori

10:00-10:15am
Coffee Break
10:15-11:15am

Panel VI: Roundtable: Artists at the Intersection of Art and Technology

With Eran Hadas, Elad Schechter, Iris Zaki, Nitzan Lederman

Moderator: Ken Goldberg

11:15am-12:00pm

Screening of Artist Videos

12:00-1:00pm

Lunch

Conference Closing