On Tuesday of 4th Week (5 February), Dr Nancy Hawker (Research Associate in Arabic and Hebrew, St Benet's Hall) will give the following talk:
'Only joking? Multilingual humour in Palestinian and Israeli political discourse'
Nancy explains: "Seminar participants will have the chance to read and interpret a few examples of recognisable genres of humour (the pun, the banter, the parody, the anecdote...) recorded during my fieldwork on the 2015 Israeli election campaigns. Humour is put to use for forming and maintaining interpersonal relations, in this case with repercussions for the inclusion or exclusion of Palestinian politicians from the Israeli political class. The evidence and analysis are taken from my forthcoming book The Politics of Palestinian Multilingualism: Speaking for citizenship (https://www.routledge.com/The-Politics-of-Palestinian-Multilingualism-Speaking-for-citizenship/Hawker/p/book/9781138563315)."