Remainders revisited. An exilic journey from Hakham Sasson Khdhuri to Joseph Sassoon Semah

In collaboration with Stichting Metropool Internationale Kunstprojecten, Menasseh ben Israel Instituut, Joods Cultureel Kwartier & Duitsland Instituut Amsterdam

02Dec2019 17.00 - 18.30


What is the significance of ‘place’ in the narration of the displaced Jewish-Iraqi community in the wake of overpowering political forces, which – in one form or another – generated a vortex that rendered a millennial existence in Mesopotamia impossible? This afternoon we reflect on this question with professor Ella Shohat.

In her keynote Ella Shohat analyses the enormous task of shepherding a community immensely impacted by internal and external political pressures since the fall of the Ottoman empire and the establishment of the state of Iraq. A task which fell largely on the shoulders of the Hakham Bashi (the Chief Rabbi and also the President of the Iraqi Jewish Community), Sasson Khdhuri, the grandfather of artist Joseph Sassoon Semah. This lecture is opened by Linda Bouws and followed by a commentary by David Wertheim. After the lecture, an academic screening of the award-winning documentary FORGET BAGHDAD will be hosted at the Goethe Institute Amsterdam.

If you would like to attend the screening, please register by mail to: The lecture and film screening are part of the art manifestation ‘On Friendship/(Collateral Damage) III – The Third GaLUT: Baghdad, Jerusalem, Amsterdam’ by Joseph Sassoon Semah.

About the speakers

Ella Shohat is Professor at the departments of Art & Public Policy, Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies (Tisch School of the Arts) at New York University.

Linda Bouws is curator of ‘On Friendship/(Collateral Damage) III – The Third GaLUT: Baghdad, Jerusalem, Amsterdam’.

David Wertheim (moderator) is a historian and director of the Menasseh ben Israel Institute for Jewish Cultural and Social Studies.

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