No ay en Lashon a-Kodesh estas palavras: Language and memory in two Judeo-Spanish novels

2 Feb 2016

ORB 1.24 (Seminar at 16:15)
Seomra Caidrimh (Recital following the seminar)

'No ay en Lashon a-Kodesh estas palavras': Language and memory in two Judeo-Spanish novels

Speaker: Dr Katerina García (Trinity College, Dublin)

Friday, 5th February, 4.15 p.m.

O’Rahilly Building, ORB 1.24


The talk will be centered on the two last novels written integrally in Judeo-Spanish, En torno de la Torre Blanca (1979/1982) by Enrique Saporta y Beja and La Megila de Saray (1999) by Eliezer Papo. It will focus on the linguistic choices made by the authors in order to re-create the everyday life and traditions of the Sephardic communities they describe, and on the role that the Judeo-Spanish language plays as the repository of the memory of a nation.

Followed by reception and recital of Sephardic song in the Seomra Caidrimh


Katerina García is a Czech-Spanish singer born in Prague, raised in Barcelona and currently living in Dublin, Ireland. Katerina began to sing Irish traditional music in the band Celtic Rej, in 1997. In 1998 she co-founded the Prague-based band Dún an Doras, where she performed until 2007 and with which she recorded the albums Bossa Nudski (Mars Productions, 1999), Demo 2002, Sweet & Sour (Indies, 2003) and Rua (Indies, 2005).  

Since 2001 she has been collaborating with multi-instrumentalist and renowned banjo player Lubos Malina in the band Garcia – both their albums released to-date, Woven Ways (Supraphon, 2007) and Before Dawn (Indies Happy Trails, 2010) were nominated for the Czech Anděl music awards. She has also collaborated with numerous musicians across various genres (Czech bluegrass band Druhá tráva, Czech singer Pavel Bobek, American producer and guitarist Steve Walsh, Irish traditional musicians Alan Doherty and James Ryan, and the Dublin-based Traditional Arts Collective, among others). In 2006 she founded, together with her sister Barbara García and Bosnian singer and guitarist Predrag Duronjić, the band Kal y Kanto, where she performed Sephardic and Balkan traditional music. Since 2013 she sings this repertoire with the band Kon Sira.

Katerina currently lectures in the Department of Hispanic Studies at Trinity College Dublin.  

More information on Katerina's website

Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

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