Palestinian Studies

2020 Workshop


Who Owns Palestine?

Seventh Annual Workshop of New Directions in Palestinian Studies

March 6–7, 2020
Watson Institute, McKinney Conference Room
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Friday, March 6, 2020

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

9:30–11:15 a.m. Panel 1: Land and Settler Colonialism 

Discussant: Shiri Pasternak

  1. Suhad Bishara, Legalities of Indigeneity and the Politics of Power in Palestine  
  2. Haim Yacobi and Elyna Milner, Ownership as a Battleground: The Politics of Planning and Land in Israel\Palestine
  3. Paul Kohlbry, Ownership without Guarantees: Palestinian Titles, Settler Markets, and the Problem of the Future

11:15–11:30 a.m. Coffee Break 

11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. Panel 2: Ownership Troubles

Discussant: Sherene Seikaly

  1. Fadia Panosetti, Evolving Regimes of Land Use and Ownership in the West Bank: Between Dispossession, Resistance to it, and Neoliberalism
  2. Kjersti Berg, From Mu’askar to Shu’fat camp. Humanitarian Contradictions and Refugees’ Struggles to Belong in Jerusalem
  3. Tareq Radi, Cultivating Credit: Financialized Urbanization is Alienation!

1:15–3:00 p.m. Lunch

3:00–4:45 p.m. Panel 3: Spatiality and Heritage

Discussant: Sa'ed Atshan

  1. Caitlin Procter, Visit Gaza: Promoting Ownership of Public Space in the Gaza Strip
  2. Nour Joudah, Palestinian Countermapping: Reclaiming Pasts and Futures via Archives and Design
  3. Elizabeth Bentley, Owning Extinction: Tracing Rhetorical Figurations of the Last Crocodile in Palestine

4:45–5:00 p.m. Coffee Break 

5:00–6:00 p.m. Open Discussion

7:30 p.m. Official Dinner for Participants and Invited Guests at The Summit, 18th Floor, Graduate Hotel, Providence

Saturday, March 7, 2020

9:00–10:45 a.m. Panel 4: Law and Ownership

Discussant: Beshara Doumani

  1. Munir Fakher Eldin, British Land Reform and the Frontier Situation in Palestine
  2. Terry Rempel, Custodians of Law: Palestine Refugees, Property Rights, Legal Paradigms (1948-1968)
  3. Ahmad Amara, The "Holy Lands" of Jerusalem: Waqf/Trust Land and Inter-Communal Relations

10:45–11:00 a.m. Coffee break 

11:00 am–12:45 p.m. Panel 5: Family and Property

Discussant: Rashid Khalidi

  1. Randa Wahbe, Martyrs as State Property: The Cemeteries of Numbers as a Case Study in Body Commodification
  2. Lucy Garbett, Land Contestation and Class Formation in Jerusalem: A Tale of Two Families
  3. Clayton Goodgame, Custodians of Descent: The Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and the Family Waqf

1:00–2:30 p.m. Concluding Discussion over Lunch