Palestinian Studies

Community Conversations: The Hamas Attack and Israel's War in Gaza: Historical Context, Significance and Future Scenarios

Community Conversations Hamas Attack and Israel's War in Gaza

Tuesday, December 5, 2023

6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Carmichael Auditorium, 85 Waterman Street (Room 130)  


Omer Bartov, Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Professor of History 

Beshara Doumani, Mahmoud Darwish Professor of Palestinian Studies, Professor of History 

Katharina Galor, Hirschfeld Senior Lecturer in Judaic Studies, Program In Judaic Studies, Lecturer for the Center for Middle East Studies 


Nadje Al-Ali, Robert Family Professor of International Studies, Professor of Anthropology and Middle East Studies, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies

About the Panelists:

Omer Bartov is the Samuel Pisar Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Brown University. His early research concerned war crimes in World War II and the links between war and genocide. He has also written on modern representations of antisemitism. More recently he has focused on interethnic relations, violence, and population displacement in Europe and Palestine. His latest books include the edited volume Israel-Palestine: Lands and Peoples (2021) and Genocide, The Holocaust and Israel-Palestine: First-Person History in Times of Crisis (2023). He is currently writing a book tentatively titled “The Broken Promise: A Personal-Political History of Israel and Palestine,” which investigates the first generation of Jews and Palestinians in Israel, a generation to which he also belongs.

Beshara Doumani is the Mahmoud Darwish Chair for Palestinian Studies at Brown University and the former President of Birzeit University in Palestine. His research focuses on the social histories of peoples, places, and time periods marginalized by mainstream scholarship on the early modern and modern Middle East. He also writes on academic freedom and the Palestinian condition. He is currently working on a history of the Palestinians through the social life of stone.

Katharina Galor is the Hirschfeld Senior Lecturer in Judaic Studies at Brown, and an affiliate member of the Center of Middle East Studies and Urban Studies. She is currently a fellow at the Herbert Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. She has published widely on Jewish, Israeli, and Palestinian visual and material culture, from antiquity through present times. Among her books are Finding Jerusalem: Archaeology between Science and Ideology (University of California Press, 2017), The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians (Duke University Press, 2000; co-authored with Sa’ed Atshan) which also appeared in German: Israelis, Plästinenser und Deutsche in Berlin. Geschichten einer komplexen Beziehung (De Gruyter, 2021), and Jewish Women: Between Conformity and Agency (Routledge, release date December 15, 2023). She is currently writing Out of Gaza: A Story of Love and Friendship together with Dima Mansour. 


Cogut Institute for the Humanities
Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World 
Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs 
Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies 
John Nicholas Brown Center 
Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women 
Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America 
Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice 
Department of Africana Studies 
Department of American Studies 
Department of Anthropology 
Department of Comparative Literature 
Department of French and Francophone Studies
Department of German Studies 
Department of History
Department of Italian Studies
Department of Literary Arts
Department of Modern Culture and Media 
Department of Religious Studies 
Urban Studies Program
American Association of University Professors, Brown University