Palestinian Studies

The Shadow Years: Material Histories of Everyday Life
March 9-10, 2018
McKinney Conference Room, Watson Institute 

Friday, March 9

8:30–9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00–9:30 a.m. Welcoming Remarks 
      Beshara Doumani

9:30–11:15 a.m. Panel 1: Subjectivities and Everyday Material Life

Respondent: Toufoul Abou-Hodeib

      1. Mezna Qato, Schooling Stories across a New Terrain  
      2. Nasser Abourahme, “Nothing to Lose but Our Tents”: The Camp, Revolution, and the Stubborn Insistence of Everyday Material Life
      3. Dima Saad, Materializing Palestinian Memory: Objects of Home and Everyday Eternities of Exile 

11:15–11:30 a.m. Coffee Break 

11:30 am–1:00 p.m. Panel 2: The Social Lives of Things

Respondent: Beshara Doumani

      1. Basma Fahoum, Tobacco Cultivation in Palestine: Peasant Households, Zionist Farmers, and the Global Market
      2. Nimrod Ben Zeev, The Many Lives of Cement: Construction, Economy, and Emotions in Mandate Palestine  

1:00–2:30 p.m. Lunch

2:45–4:30 p.m. Panel 3: Negotiating the Built Environment

Respondent: Ilana Feldman

      1. Dotan Halevy, Mandatory Gaza Recovered: Towards a Palestinian History of Ruins
      2. Faedah M. Totah, Finding Refuge in the Courtyard House: Palestinians in the Old City of Damascus
      3. Silvia Pasquetti, Negotiating Stigma among Ruins: Histories of Displacement and Control from Lydda to West  Bank Refugee Camps (and Back)

4:30–4:45 p.m. Coffee Break 

4:45–5:45 p.m. Thematic Discussion: Archiving the Shadow Years, led by Ilan Pappé

7:15–9:15 p.m. Dinner for Presenters, Respondents, and Invited Guests

Saturday, March 10

8:45–9:15 a.m. Continental breakfast 

9:15–11:00 a.m. Panel 4: Violence and Loss

Respondent: Salim Tamari 

      1. Charles Anderson, The Suppression of the Great Revolt and the Destruction of Everyday Life in Palestine
      2. Frances S. Hasso, Documenting the Non-Archival Reproductive Subject: Intimate Palestinian Life during the British Mandate
      3. Adel Manna, Resistance and Survival in the Center of the Galilee (July 1948–January 1949)

11:00–11:15 a.m. Coffee break 

11:15 am–1:00 p.m. Panel 5: Infrastructure, Technology, and Space

Respondent: Gary Fields

      1. Omar Imseeh Tesdell, Territoriality and the Technics of Drylands in Palestine
      2. Fredrik Meiton, The Non-Electrification of Nablus
      3. Muna Dajani, Sahl al-Battuf: A Site of Protest and Contestation against the National Water Carrier (1954–1964)

1:00–2:30 p.m. Working lunch for workshop participants