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"Resentment and Populist Politics: The Case of Israel"

Democracy in Israel Series via Zoom

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Eva Illouz, the Rose Isaac Chair in Sociology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Senior Research Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, will examine resentment, one of the key emotional features of populism, and how this emotion is used by the Israeli right. Keynote lecture is part of the Nazarian Center's series of talks by prominent Israeli thinkers exploring the state of democracy in Israel: past, present, and future.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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About the Series

The "Democracy in Israel" series provides a public forum for distinguished scholars to examine the origins and development of Israeli democracy, and the challenges it faces. Against a backdrop of populism, xenophobic nationalism, and diminished trust in legal institutions, democracy, especially liberal democracy, is facing serious challenges in the world today. Core principles and practices of liberal democracies such as a free press, an independent judiciary, and the rights of minorities have come under sustained attack, and “illiberal democracies” have emerged in many places (such as Hungary, Turkey, and Poland). Like every country in the world, Israel is not immune from this global trend. And yet, democracy in Israel has its own distinctive history and trajectory as Israel aspires to be both Jewish and democratic—to be at once a Jewish state and a state that affords full rights to all its citizens.

Co-sponsored by the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History and the UCLA Department of History.

 

About the Keynote Lecture

Presented by Eva Illouz, this lecture is entitled "Resentment and Populist Politics: The Case of Israel." Resentment is conventionally viewed as one of the key emotional features of populism. The lecture will examine resentment, one of the key emotional features of populism, and how this emotion is used by the Israeli right.

 

About the Distinguished Speaker

Eva Illouz is the Rose Isaac Chair in Sociology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Senior Research Fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Her research interests include sociology of culture, sociology of emotions, sociology of capitalism, and the effect of consumerism and mass media on emotional patterns. Dr. Illouz is the author of 13 books about diverse topics that include romantic love, Oprah Winfrey, culture, capitalism and the crystallization of the psychological culture during the 20th century, the industry of happiness, and the impact of modernity on emotions. Her books have won numerous international awards and have been translated into 23 languages. In 2018 she received the EMET prize (the highest scientific distinction in Israel) for lifetime achievement as well as the French Legion d’Honneur for her contribution to French culture. In addition to her scholarly work, she writes for Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Die Zeit and Ha’aretz on various subjects such as literature, politics and social affairs.


DISCLAIMER: The views or opinions of our guest speakers and the content of their presentations do not necessarily reflect the views of the UCLA Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israel Studies. Hosting speakers does not constitute an endorsement of the speaker's views or opinions. 


Sponsor(s): Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, Department of History, the Sady and Ludwig Kahn Chair in Jewish History