In this presentation Dr. Slabodsky offers an alternative framework to understand a central core of modern Jewish thought. He argues that the existential condition that led several Jewish intellectuals to subvert the uniformity of Eurocentric thought was not an outcome of the development of the nation state in the 19th century. It was, contrary to traditional liberal interpretations, a longstanding process known as coloniality that trapped Jews since the 16th. Employing Latin American and Africana sources he will argue that this new framework can offer a re-invigoration of the field by re-evaluating disciplinary partnerships, methodological frames, and geopolitical sensitivities.
Santiago Slabodsky is Associate Professor of Religion at Hofstra University, where he holds the Florence and Robert Kaufman Chair in Jewish Studies and is also affiliated with the Latin American and Caribbean Studies program. Dr. Slabodsky received his PhD from the University of Toronto and is the author ofDecolonial Judaism: Triumphal Failures of Barbaric Thinking (Palgrave, 2014). In his research he explores intercultural encounters between Jewish and Global South social theories and political movements. He is additionally co-director of the journal Decolonial Horizons/Horizontes Decoloniales housed at the GEMRIP institute in Latin America. He has served as visiting professor in institutions in Spain, Macedonia, the Netherlands, EEUU/Canada, Costa Rica, and Argentina and lectured throughout the world.
Co-sponsored by the Center for Jewish Studies and the PhD Program in Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian Literatures and Languages