Adam Stern to Give Center for Humanities “Friday Lunch” Lecture

Adam Stern (Resident Fellow 2022-2023) will be giving a lecture for the Center for Humanities “Friday Lunch” series. His lecture, titled “Zionislandology” will take place on March 3rd, 2023 at 12:00pm-1:00pm. For more information about the event and registration click here.

Please note: A catered lunch will be provided at this Friday Lunch event. Seats are limited and available on a first-come basis. To register, please send an email to with your name, title, or affiliation.

Beginning with Hannah Arendt’s well-known distinction between medieval, religious Jew-hatred and modern, secular antisemitism, this talk reconsiders contemporary debates concerning the periodization of race, religion, and settler colonialism. The discussion follows Arendt’s terms into more recent historiographical writing by Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi (Jewish history), Geraldine Heng (race in the Middle Ages), and Patrick Wolfe (colonization). It concludes by speculating on how this constellation of figures and texts can contribute to a theological-political genealogy of Zionism as a form of island-thinking.