Friday, March 9 –
Saturday, March 10, 2018
8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m
McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute
At a time of anniversaries—one century since Jerusalem fell to the British, seventy years since the dismemberment of Palestine and dispersal of much of its Arab population in the catastrophe of 1948, and a half-century since the 1967 war—it is important to consider the deep shadows that these events of mass violence and political rupture have cast over the modern history of the Palestinians. These shadows obscure the dynamics and processes of adjacent periods which have shaped the modern history of the Palestinians, especially their daily struggles for survival, which constitute a rich archive of potential histories.
This workshop seeks both to address the production of “shadows” and to probe their depths. Examining the shadow years may provide new perspective on the depth and character of these tremendous disruptions. At the same time, they may also provide fuller understanding of the continuities and gradual changes across landmark events that transcend a linear narrative of a series of ruptures. It is our hope that participants will share new framing perspectives and innovative methodologies that can shape future research agendas and produce richer and more nuanced understandings of Palestine and the Palestinians.