CFP: [Theory] The Exemplary Other: the Arab and the Jew (Villanova University, April 2-4, 2009)

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Zahi Zalloua
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Call for Papers: The Exemplary Other: the Arab and the Jew in Continental
Philosophy, Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Villanova University,
April 2-4, 2009

A panel to be held at the 25th anniversary celebration of the Center for
Arab and Islamic Studies at Villanova University, devoted to the theme,
“Mirror Images: Challenges for Arab and Islamic Studies”

Panel description:

>From Sartre to Levinas to Derrida, continental philosophers have at various
times deployed the Jew, the Jew’s Otherâ€"the Arabâ€"or the Israeli’s Otherâ€"the
Palestinianâ€"as the paradigmatic object of and model for ethical inquiry.
What is at stake in thinking the Other as Jew or Arab? Is a rhetoric of
exemplarity, with its ontological residue, at odds with shifting political
realities? How do the legacies of humanism and anti-humanism inform the
debates about the Jew and the Arab? Should we, as Badiou and Zizek
contend, be suspicious of an ethics identified almost exclusively with a
Levinasian rhetoric of pure alterity (where the Jew stands for the radical

Interested contributors should submit an abstract of 200 words to Zahi
Zalloua ( by September 30, 2008. Full conference
details are available at: .

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