London, WC1A 2JL United Kingdom
In his iconoclastic and controversial bestseller, The Invention of the Jewish People, historian Shlomo Sand turned the conceptual tools developed by such historians of nationalism as Benedict Anderson and Ernest Renan on the idea of the Jewish people. Eric Hobsbawm wrote of it, ‘Perhaps books combining passion and erudition don't change political situations, but if they did, this one would count as a landmark.'
In a follow-up book, On the Nation and the ‘Jewish People', he presents two of Renan's seminal lectures, with an essay explaining their context and importance. Shlomo Sand will be in conversation with Brian Klug, Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at St Benet's Hall, Oxford, and contributor to A Time to Speak Out: Independent Jewish Voices on Israel, Zionism and Jewish Identity.