Palestinian Studies

The Politics of Archives and the Practices of Memory
March 3-4, 2017
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street, Providence, RI 02912


Thursday, Mar. 2

5:30-7:30 p.m.

Critical Conversations Panel “Palestine-Israel in the Trump Era”
with Rashid Khalidi, Sherene Seikaly,  and Brown Faculty J. Brian Atwood and Omer Bartov. Moderator: Beshara Doumani
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street

7:45 p.m. Dinner for Critical Conversations panel speakers and workshop presenters at Brown Faculty Club

9:30 P.M. Shuttle Faculty Club to Biltmore hotel, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence


Friday, March 3

8:15 and 8:25 a.m. Transfers for presenters from Biltmore hotel to Watson Institute

8:30-9:00 a.m. Registration and continental breakfast

9:00–9:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks 

9:30 -11:15 a.m. Panel 1: Archival Landscapes

Commentator: Rashid Khalidi

1. Salim TamariThe 1948 War: New Trends in Palestinian Historiography

2. Vincent LemireOpening Jerusalem’s Memories : for a Transnational, Open and Bottom-up Database of Primary Archives of the Holy City (1840-1940)

3. Sherene SeikalyAutobiography, the Archive, and the Question of Palestine

11:15 – 11:30 a.m. Coffee Break 

11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Panel 2: Archives, Diaries, and Colonial Appropriation

Commentator: Caroline Elkins

1. Areej Sabbagh-KhouryMemory, Settler Colonial Archive and the Representation of Palestinian Villages

2. Alex WinderPolice Diaries/Personal Diaries: Using the Notebooks of a Mandate-Era Policeman to Write Palestinian History

3. Gadi al-GaziProfits of Military Rule

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Lunch for workshop presenters at the Sharpe Refectory

2:30-2:45 p.m. Group photograph Sharpe Refectory Steps

3:00 – 4:45 p.m. Panel 3: Literature, the Body, and the Politics of Memory

Commentator: Emily Drumsta

1. Ibtisam Azem“The Book of Disappearance”: The Memory of Place and Its Oral History

2. Diana AllanWhat bodies remember: Sensorium as historical counterpoint in the Nakba archive

3. Sinan AntoonAbsence, Memory, and Return in Darwish’s Work

4:45 – 5:00 p.m. Coffee Break 

5:00-6:00 p.m. Open Discussion

6:00-6:15 p.m. Walk to the Pembroke Center, 172 Meeting Street, Providence, RI 02912

6:15 p.m. Opening reception for Exhibition

Curated by Issam Nassar and Ariella Azoulay
Time Machine: Stereoscopic Views from Palestine 1900

7:35 and 7:45 p.m. Transfers for workshop presenters to Biltmore hotel, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

8:15-10:00 p.m. Private dinner for workshop presenters at Biltmore Hotel,  11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI

Saturday, March 4

8:25 and 8:35 a.m. Transfers for presenters from hotel to Watson Institute

8:45-9:15 a.m. Continental breakfast 

9:15-11:00 a.m. Panel 4: Oral history and the Politics of Decolonization

Commentator: Marianne Hirsch

1. Yara Hawari and Francesco AmorusoIncluding Palestine in Indigenous Studies: Oral History and its Relevance for Decolonisation

2. Hana Sleiman and Kaoukab Chebaro (presented by Sleiman), The Palestinian Oral History Archive at AUB

3. Abdel Razzaq TakritiDigital Histories of the Underground: Teaching the Palestinian Revolution

11:00-11:15 a.m. Coffee break 

11:15 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Panel 5: Rethinking Archives

Commentator: Beshara Doumani

1. Ann StolerOn Archiving as Dissensus

2. Ariella AzoulayNo Archival Turn

3. Brinkley MessickSharīʿa, Property, Nakba

1:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Working lunch for presenters