Palestinian Studies

2023 Workshop


Palestinian studies workshop 2023

The Palestinian Revolutionary Tradition and Global Anti-Colonialism
March 10-11, 2023
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute 
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Friday, March 10

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

9:00–9:30 a.m. 
Welcoming Remarks on behalf of the Center for Middle East Studies to be delivered by CMES Director
Nadje Al-Ali (Brown University)

Welcoming Message from Palestine
Beshara Doumani (Birzeit University and Brown University)

Opening Remarks by Workshop Host
Abdel Razzaq Takriti (Brown University)

9:30–11:15 a.m. Panel 1: Transnational Mobilization in the High Age of Anti-Colonialism 

Ussama Makdisi (University of California Berkeley)

Chair: Fulya Pinar (Brown University)

1. Julia Gettle (Brown University), Political Life in the Shadow Years: Palestinian Popular Mobilization in the 1950s

2. Fadi Kafeety (University of Houston), Revolutionary Horizons: The Movement of Arab Nationalists and the Marxist Turn in the Arabian Peninsula and Palestine

3. Jacob Norris (University of Sussex), The Palestinian Americas in the age of Third World Revolution

11:15–11:30 a.m. Coffee Break 

11:30 am–1:15 p.m. Panel 2: Revolutionizing Culture/Culturing Revolution

Discussant: Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (UCLA)   

Chair: Abdel Razzaq Takriti (Brown University)

1. Chandni Desai (University of Toronto), “The revolution of your pens and consciences”: Palestine and Afro-Asian Internationalism in Lotus

2. Alessandra Amin (Columbia University), Palestine and the “Question of Freedom” at the First Pan-African Cultural Festival

3. Klaudia Wieser (University of Vienna), Researching the Struggle: Palestinian Affairs in Revolutionary Beirut 

1:15–3:00 p.m. Lunch

3:00–4:15 p.m. Panel 3: Gendering the Palestinian Revolution in Jordan and Lebanon 

Discussant: Nadje Al-Ali (Brown University)

Chair: Ilana Feldman (George Washington University)

1. Samar Saeed (Georgetown University), The Palestinian Revolutionary Tradition and Global Anti-Colonialism: Revolutionary Women in Jordan During the 1960s-1970s 

2. Jennifer Mogannam (University of California, Davis), Women of the Revolution: Palestinian Decolonial Praxis and Gendered Labor in Civil War Lebanon  

4:15–4:30 p.m. Coffee Break 

4:30–6:15 p.m. Panel 4: Global Revolutionary Solidarities

Discussant: Lila Abu-Lughod (Columbia University)

Chair: Nasser Abourahme, Bowdoin College

1. Jeremy Randall (CUNY Graduate Center), Globalizing the Palestinian Resistance: The Laju Incident and the Siege of the Japanese Embassy in Kuwait

2. Derek Ide (University of Houston), On “Long Histories” of Solidarity: The Palestinian Revolution, al-Hadaf, and Black Anticolonialism

3. Sara Camile Awartani (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor), Weaponizing Solidarity: Puerto Rico, Palestine, and Counterterrorism in the Late Cold War

6:20-6:30 p.m. 10-Minute Video: "Archiving Black Palestinian Solidarity: Visions of Liberation 1968-2021."

Advised by Lila Abu-Lughod and Nora Akawi and edited by Rahaf Salahat and Hicham Faraj. Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University.

8:00 p.m. Official dinner (sponsored by Fouad Dajani '95 P'25)

Saturday, March 11

8:30–9:00 a.m.  Continental Breakfast

9:00–10:45 a.m. Panel 5: Palestinian Anti-Colonialism and the Struggle Against Empire

Discussant: Alex Winder (Brown University)

Chair: Zachary Lockman (NYU)

1. Tareq Radi (New York University), Indigenous Futures and Imperial Anxieties: A Ledger of Palestinian Insurgency and British Strategy of Necropolitical Hedging

2. Samar Al-Saleh (New York University),  Forced Labor Under British Occupation: Palestinian Prisoners' National-Class Struggle at Nur Shams Prison Labor Camp

3. Patrick Higgins (University of Houston), Return, Not Dependency: Palestinian Resistance to the “American Project” in the 1950s

10:45–11:00 a.m. Coffee break 

11:00 am–12:45 p.m. Panel 6: Approaching the Revolution: Theories, Concepts, and Methodologies

Samera Esmeir (University of California, Berkeley)

Chair: Mohamed Amer Meziane, Columbia University

1. Abdalla N. Bayyari (Darat al-Funun), The Power of Dissensus: An Interdisciplinary, Comparative Approach for Undoing the Archival Erasure in/of Palestine

2. Erica Augenstein (University of Houston), Uniting Anti-Colonial Theory: Gramsci’s Mezzogiorno and Palestinian Resistance

3. Thayer Hastings (CUNY Graduate Center), First Intifada Bayanat and the Recurrences of Anti-Colonial Revolt

1:00–2:15 p.m. Lunch

2:15–4:15 p.m. Panel 7: Towards a Revolutionary Future? Anti-Colonial Spaces and Practices in Palestine

Discussant:  Loubna Qutami (University of California, Los Angeles)

Chair: Raef Zreik (Ono Academic College)

1. Alyssa Bivins (George Washington University), Re-contextualizing East Jerusalem Education as Resistance: 1967 – 1994 

2. Nour Bader (University of Tunis), “Digging Into the Roots: In the Meaning of Resisting Hidden Places and Invisible People”

3. Ashjan Ajour (University of Wolverhampton), Hunger Strike Experience and the Embodiment of Palestinian Dispossession and Collective Revolutionary Subjectivity 

4. Faiq Mari (ETH Zurich), Alternative Spaces of Revolt: The Commons of the Palestinian Liberation Struggle

 4:15–4:30 p.m. Concluding Remarks 
Abdel Razzaq Takriti (Brown University)