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Filmmaker Dorit Naaman G'95 Returns to Syracuse to Explore 'Identity Politics' April 8-9

Visit is part of Humanities Center’s Spring Symposia series

Mar 25, 2015 | Article by: Rob Enslin


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Dorit Naaman G’95

The Spring Symposia series in the Syracuse University Humanities Center continues with a two-day program on identity politics.

Israeli filmmaker Dorit Naaman G’95 will show and discuss her film DIAdocuMEntARY: A Piece in My Puzzle (2004) on Wednesday, April 8, at 7 p.m. in Kittredge Auditorium of Huntington Beard Crouse Hall. The following day, she will participate in an HC Mini-Seminar at 11:30 a.m. in room 304 of the Tolley Humanities Building.

Naaman will be joined by Sarah Barkin G'10, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English and a Dissertation Fellow in the Humanities Center.

Both events are free and open to the public; however, registration is required for the HC Mini-Seminar. For more information and to register, contact the Humanities Center at 315-443-7192 or humcenter@syr.edu.

Naaman’s visit is part of the HC Dissertation Fellow Symposium series and is co-sponsored by the departments of English and Women & Gender Studies.

The Humanities Center is administered by A&S.

“Dorit Naaman is one of today’s more cutting-edge documentarians,” says Gerald R. Greenberg, a senior associate dean in A&S and interim director of the Humanities Center. “She uses elements of the diary and documentary to explore her interest in identity politics—specifically, her relation to Israel, nationalism, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Dorit will also participate in a broader discussion about feminism, activism, and ethics in documentary filmmaking.”

Naaman is the Alliance Atlantis Professor of Film and Media at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario (Canada). Much of her research concerns Middle Eastern cinema from a post-colonial and feminist perspective. A graduate of Syracuse’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, she is a pioneer of the video-diary format, in which personal and political observations are intertwined.

“In the past 10 years, I have lived in five different cities in two countries,” says Naaman, who has shot more than 15 films. “My nomadic experience influences my academic and my artistic work, as well as my sense of what it is like to be in this world.”
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Contact Information

Rob Enslin
315-443-3403
rmenslin@syr.edu