Palestinian Studies

2015 Workshop


Friday, March 6, 2015

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Registration | Corporation Room, University Hall

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  The Promises and Pitfalls of Palestinian Studies
BESHARA DOUMANI | Director, Middle East Studies, Brown University

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.  Cultures of Resistance
Discussant: NADIA HIJAB | Al-Shabaka; Washington, DC, USA

1. ALA ALAZZEH | Birzeit University; West Bank-PALESTINE
“Post-Second Intifada’s Confrontational Politics: The Limits of Framing and the Horizon of Practice”

“Ordinary and Extraordinary – the Struggle for Palestinian Citizen Space Inside Israel”

3. NELL GABIAM | Iowa State University; Ames, IA-USA
“Mapping Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora: Affective Attachments and Political Spaces”

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Coffee Service

11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Images of Palestine 
Discussant: BRINKLEY MESSICK | Columbia University; New York, NY-USA

1. HANAN TOUKAN | Free University; Berlin-GERMANY
“The Paintbrush is Mightier than the M16: On Imaging and Imagining Palestine in the Global Community”

2. NADIA YAQUB | University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, NC-USA
“Testimony and Encounter in Palestinian Film”

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

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Palestinian Options and Strategic Alternatives
HANI MASRI | Director General of Masarat; Ramallah-PALESTINE

3:30 – 3:45 p.m. 
Coffee Service

3:45 – 5:30 p.m.  Contested Sites 
Discussants: JULIE PETEET | University of Louisville; Louisville, KY-USA

RHODA KANAANEH | Columbia University; New York, NY-USA

1. DINA OMAR | Yale University; New Haven, CT-USA
“Razing Rights/Rites of the Dead: Political Subjectivity and Reconfiguring Burial Sites and Practices”

2. JENNIFER KELLY | University of Texas at Austin; Austin, TX-USA
“Tourism Under Occupation: Post-Oslo Fragmentation and the Labor of Narration”

3. RYVKA BARNARD | New York University; New York, NY-USA
“The Political History of Bethlehem’s Manger Square” 

7:00 p.m.
Dinner at Biltmore Hotel for hosts and panelists


8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  
Registration | Corporation Room, University Hall

9:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Cultures of Nationalism
Discussant: AMAL AMIREH | George Mason University; Fairfax, VA-USA 

1. CHANA MORGENSTERN | Brown University; Providence, RI-USA
“A Literature for All Its Citizens: Popular Arabic Resistance Literature in 1950s Palestine/ Israel”

2. TOUFOUL ABOU-HODEIB | University of Oslo; Oslo-NORWAY
“The Politics of Palestinian Folklore: Embroidery in the Diaspora”

3. POLLY WITHERS | University of Exeter; Exeter-UK
“I’m not a Palestinian Musician, I’m a musician who happens to be Palestinian: Negotiating Nationalisms in Youth Popular Music in Palestine” 

11:00 – 11:15 a.m. 
Coffee Service

11:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Protest and Activism by Youth and Women
Discussants: ZACHARY LOCKMAN | New York University; New York, NY-USA

ILAN PAPPÉ | University of Exeter, Exeter-UK

1. MAHA NASSAR | University of Arizona; Tucson, AZ-USA
“Boycott and Solidarity at the 1968 World Youth Festival”

2. AREEJ SABBAGH-KHOURY | Mada al-Carmel, The Arab Center for Applied Social Research – Haifa
“The Zionist Left, Settler-Colonial practices and the Nakba in Marj Ibn ‘Amer, 1936-1956”

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

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Palestine: The International Dimensions
HANAN ASHRAWI | Legislator, Activist, and Scholar; Ramallah-PALESTINE

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.
Coffee Service

3:45 – 5:30 p.m.  Solidarities 

Discussant: NADIM ROUHANA | The Fletcher School, Tufts University, Medford, MA-USA

1. AMAHL BISHARA | Tufts University; Medford, MA-USA
“Gaza Protests and the Politics of Fracture Across the Green Line: Protesting Together, Apart”

2. GABRIEL VARGHESE | University of Exeter; Exeter-UK
“Acting on the Pain of others: International Solidarity and Theatre Making in the West Bank”

3. RANIA JAWAD | Birzeit University; West Bank-PALESTINE
“Theatre in Palestine and its Other Documents”

5:30 – 6:15 p.m.   Wrap Up and Next Steps
BESHARA DOUMANI | Director, Middle East Studies, Brown University


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