Howard Caygill and Adam Kossoff will take part in a discussion on Kafka’s relationship to Palestine. The discussion will centre on Howard Caygill’s book 'Kafka: In Light of the Accident', to be published later this year together with a screening of Adam Kossoff’s film 'How They Hate Us…' (2016).
'Kafka: In Light of the Accident' fundamentally questions the theological readings of Kafka and makes a case for his political radicalism. In 'How They Hate Us…' Mohammad Bakri reads Jackals and Arabs, a short story written in 1917 by Kafka that reveals Kafka’s ambivalence towards early Zionism. Set in the desert, the story relates an encounter between a group of jackals and a visitor from the north. Intercut with the story, the film also montages images of Tel Aviv, a city supposedly built on sand.
Howard Caygill is Professor of Modern European Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University; his most recent book is On Resistance: A Philosophy of Defiance.
Adam Kossoff is a filmmaker-artist, writer and a Reader in the Moving Image at the University of Wolverhampton. His work explores the politics of the spaces and places we live in. His recent work includes Animal Architecture (2014) and The Anarchist Rabbi (2014). He has recently exhibited work at the ICA, Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, East End Film Festival and Toronto Jewish Film Festival, and the Moscow Museum of Modern Art.