The event celebrates the publication of issue No. 50 of Theory and Criticism
and will focus on the current state of critical theory
The issue consists of two parts. The first, titled “Rereading: A Personal-Critical Examination of the Issues of Theory and Criticism,” contains thirteen texts by scholars whose pioneering articles have appeared in Theory and Criticism and who were asked now to return to their texts, which have since become canonic, to reexamine their content, reception, and resonance and to note new ideas or criticism. The writers in this section include the past editors of the journal—Adi Ophir, Yehouda Shenhav, and Leora Bilsky. Amnon Raz-Krakotzkin returns to his well-known article on the concept of exile and its negation; Amalia Ziv revisits the feminist dispute between the anti-pornography and the anti-anti-pornography camps; Pnina Motzafi-Haller goes back to her article titled “You Have an Authentic Voice” and examines retrospectively the issue of reflexive writing and the gender, class, ethnic, and political meanings of its use. Other texts in this section analyze and summarize the years-long discussion in the journal on a given theme: Yali Hashash examines what she calls the theological shift in the Mizrahi discourse in Theory and Criticism; Shaul Setter returns to the articles of Sara Chinski, which formulated a critical approach to art in Israel; and Gilad Reich, in the collection of works that he curated, summarizes the history of these collections published in Theory and Criticism’s fifty issues.
This issue’s second part, titled “Redirecting: Toward a New Theoretical-Critical Agenda,” presents original trends and new knowledge areas in research, criticism, and theory. The seventeen articles in this section include Carmel Weissman on posthumanistic thought; Nitzan Lebovic on biopolitics; Dror Harari on the development of performance studies; Dan Tamir on the challenges of environmental thinking today; Mira Balberg on the development of religious studies as an independent discipline worldwide and in Israel, in particular; Areej Sabbagh-Khouri on the colonial settlement paradigm and its importance for understanding the Zionist enterprise and the sociology of knowledge creation in Israel; and Miri Rozmarin on feminism, criticism, and political subjectivity. New trends in literature and literary scholarship are discussed in the articles of Tomer Gardi and Ayelet Ben-Yishai, and the various types and areas of neoliberalism is the focus of several articles in the issue, by Catherine Rottenberg, Ronen Mandelkern, Leora Bilsky, and Ofra Bloch. As is evident from its table of contents, the issue has many more interesting and original texts.