Palestinian Studies

Political Economy and Economy of the Political
February 28-March 1, 2014
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Friday, February 28

8:30 - 9:00 a.m.: Registration

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
Beshara Doumani, Director, Middle East Studies, Brown University

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: Critical Reflections on the Political Economy of Palestine

Discussant: Sherene Seikaly 

Jamil Hilal: Palestinian Class Formulation under Settler Colonialism
Leila Farsakh:The Meaning of Palestinian Economic Development
Raja Khalidi: Is There a Palestinian Economy?

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Infrastructure

Discussant: Mayssun Succarie 

Sophia Stamatopulou-Robbins: Infrastructure and Materiality
Omar Jabary Salamanca: Hooked on electricity: the charged political economy of electrification in the Palestinian West Bank

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch for hosts and panelists

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Land

Discussant: Jo Guldi 

Martin Bunton: Frames of reference for the study of land in Palestine
Munir Fakher el-DinThe Legacy of late Ottoman and British-Mandate land reforms in Palestine, 1858-1948
Ahmad AmaraEchoes of Legal Pasts: Landed Property Relations in the Negeb, 1858-1948

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Coffee Break

5:00 - 7:00 p.m.: Class

Discussant: Zachary Lockman

Mezna QatoArchives and Class in Exile
Susynne McElrone: Qaḍā al-Khalil— Commerce, Business, and Livelihoods in the late-Ottoman rural sphere
Leena Dallasheh: Working for Palestine: Nazareth Labor Mobilization in the 1940s

7:15 p.m.: Dinner for hosts and panelists

Saturday, March 1

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Registration

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.: The Politics of Economy

Discussant: Beshara Doumani

Sherene SeikalySocial Man: Palestinian Capitalists and Economy
Sreemati Mitter: A History of Money in Palestine: The Case of the Frozen Bank Accounts of 1948
Samia Al-Botmeh: The Political Economy of Palestinian Women's Labour Supply: 1920-2010

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m: Political Economy of Occupation

Discussant:  Manal Jamal

Shir HeverPrivatization of the Occupation: The Core Masked as the Periphery
Omar Tesdell: Land and the Question of Palestinian Cultivation

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Lunch for hosts and panelists

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.: Political Economy of Peace 

Discussant: Sa`ed Atshan

Kareem RabieHousing, the Production of the State, and the Day After
Alaa Tartir: Failing Aid: Towards a Viable Resistance Economy Model
Mtanes Shihadeh: The Israel Policy towards the "Arab Economy"

4:30 - 5:00 p.m. Coffee Break

5:00 p.m.: End of Formal Program

5:00 - 6:30 p.m.: Next Steps
Concluding Remarks by Rashid KhalidiIlan Pappe, and Beshara Doumani

7:00 p.m.: Dinner for hosts and panelists