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To pass or not to pass: Sayed Kashua and the question of Arab Israeli identity

Date and time
Date & time

November 27, 2018
11:35 a.m. – 1 p.m.


McGill University Arts Building
853 Sherbrooke St. West
Room W-20
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 0G5


This event is free


Rachel Harris, Sheir Visiting Professor at the University of Toronto


Csaba Nikolenyi
514-848-2424 ext. 8721

Sayed Kashua is probably the best-known Arab citizen of Israel. As an author, columnist and screenplay writer, he has made a dramatic impact on the representation of Arabs within mainstream Israeli culture. His characters suffer from discrimination, racism, self-doubt and questions of cultural erasure. This talk will examine the images that pass through his novel Second Person Singular — its adaptation to film A Borrowed Identity and the problems of identity and historical timing.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies at 514-848-2424 ext. 8721 or

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