Tel Aviv: Myth and the City
Maoz Azaryahu, Professor of Geography at the Universyty of Haifa, will discuss the three myths that constitute Tel Aviv's image and legend. We will find out what lies behind the myth of the "first hebrew city", the "white city" and the "non-stop metropolis."
14 October (Monday), 6PM
Maoz Azaryahu is a professor of cultural geography and director of the Herzl Institute for the Study of Zionism at the University of Haifa. His research focuses on urban and landscape semiotics, the cultural and historical geographies of public memory and commemoration in Israel and in Germany, the politics of commemorative (re)naming of streets, landscapes of popular culture and the cultural history, and mythic construction of places and landscapes. He has authored and co-edited ten books and dozens of articles in English, Hebrew and German. His books include State Cults. Celebrating Independence and Commemorating the Fallen in Israel 1948-1956 (1995) (in Hebrew), Tel Aviv: Mythography of a City (2006), Namesakes: History and Politics of Street Naming in Israel (2012) (in Hebrew). Prof. Azaryahu is also interested in the interplay of narrative and space. Together with Marie-Laure Ryan and Kenneth E. Foote he is the author of Narrating Space / Spatializing Narrative: Where narrative theory and geography meet (2016).
Lecute in English with simultaneous Polish translation.