Palestinian Studies

Political Cultures and the Cultures of Politics
March 6-7, 2015
Corporation Room, University Hall

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”

2. Sharri Plonski, SOAS; London-UK
“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


SATURDAY, MARCH 7


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