Palestinian Studies

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Beshara Doumani,
Mahmoud Darwish Professor in Palestinian Studies
Department: History, Middle East Studies
Areas of interest: Social history of groups, places, and time periods marginalized by mainstream scholarship on the early modern and modern Middle East. Also writes on population displacement, academic freedom, politics of knowledge production, and the Palestinian condition.


Academic year 2020-2021 was a transformative one for New Directions in Palestinian Studies (NDPS), a research initiative within the Center for Middle East Studies at Brown University. Generous support by multiple donors provided the resources to establish the Mahmoud Darwish Professorship in Palestinian Studies, the first of its kind in the United States, with Professor Beshara Doumani as it's ​inaugural​ holder.

NDPS has invited three leading scholars - Ruba Salih, SOAS; Rema Hammami, Birzeit University; and Noura Erakat, Rutgers University, New Brunswick​ - ​to Brown as Darwish Visiting Fellows in Palestinian Studies in 2021-22.  In addition to a public lecture, each of the scholars will be organizing a panel discussion on currently relevant matters related to their research, visiting undergraduate classes, and meeting with graduate students. In addition to these Darwish events, others on Palestine and Palestinians will take place in fall 2021 to include a screening of the film "The Present" followed by a conversation with its director Farah Nabulsi on Sep 28;  on September 10, CMES Director Nadje Al-Ali in conversation with Hagar Kotef on her book “The Colonizing Self"; on Oct 1 with Walaa Alqaisiya on Queer Feminism in Palestine; as well as a talk on November 12 by Somdeep Sen on his book “Decolonizing Palestine."


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