February 10, 2011
Shlomo Sand at the RSA: On Nations and Nationhood
February 10, 2011
1.00pm - 2.00pm
8 John Adam Street
London, WC2N 6EZ
Lecture presenting On the Nation and the 'Jewish People'

What is a nation? Is it a group of strangers with a shared history, government, language, or ethnography? Are there inseparable cultural ties between inhabitants, or only shared political aims? Are there objective national histories or simply myths of creation?

Shlomo Sand asks what constitutes the national identity of a body of people, and interrogates the foundations of nationhood, arguing that a nation is not based upon race, religion, or language.

The author of the hugely controversial bestseller The Invention of the Jewish People, Sand explains how the idea of the ‘invention' of nationhood has played out in the national projects of Israel and Palestine.

Booking is needed for this free event.