I Didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Me”: Theorizing Cosmopolitanism from Below

A Colloquium with Dr. Oded Erez
Activity Date: 
Monday, Oct 30, 2017

I Didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Me”: Theorizing Cosmopolitanism from Below
Dr. Oded Erez discussed theories of vernacular cosmopolitanism, and the ways in which migrant and minority communities negotiate their liminal cultural position by creating cultural "dialects," adopting and adapting cultural forms from near and far using a practical logic of "making do." He then demonstrated how this critical theory of cosmopolitanism-from-below illuminates the history the reception of Greek popular music in 1960s Israel, and its role in negotiation the meaning and content of the emergent ethno-class category of "Mizrahim." One of the examples showed how in the 1970s groups such as Tzlilei HaKerem (Sounds of the vineyard) took a popular hafla (party) song of Arabic origins, and redressed in a Greek musical arrangement, following the precedent set by Greek guitarist Aris San in the 1960s.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H_dc8UTu1Sg