Conference on Settler Colonialism in Palestine & Workshop on the Naqab Bedouin

Call for papers
An Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies conference
Date : 2 - 4 October 2015
Place : Institute of Arabic and Islamic Studies

The study of settler colonialism as an historical, geographical and political formation is attracting the attention of more and more scholars around the globe. Our effort will be oriented towards the examination of the settler colonial paradigm’s validity in the context of Palestine. The organisers encourage interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of settler colonialism in Palestine, so as to build bridges between settler colonial studies and other disciplines, as well as to challenge Israel’s alleged exceptionality.

Confirmed Speakers :

- Prof. Nur Masalha, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London, UK.
- Prof. Ilan Pappe, University of Exeter, UK.
- Prof. Gabriel Piterberg, University of California, Los Angeles, CA.
- Dr. Marcelo Svirsky, University of Wollogong, Australia.
- Prof. Lorenzo Veracini, Swinburne University

The organisers encourage interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of settler colonialism in Palestine, so as to build bridges between settler colonial studies and other disciplines, as well as to challenge Israel’s alleged exceptionality.

We encourage prospective contributors to engage with the following questions :

  • What is the nature of Israel’s colonisation of Palestine ? How does it manifest itself in different political, economic, social, as well as material and ideational arenas ?
  • How do settler colonial structures affect different forms of resistance ?
  • How are settler colonial narratives articulated (and disarticulated) ?
  • How has Israel’s settler colonial project impacted upon Palestine’s social, demographic, political and economic landscapes ?
  • How does settler colonialism intersect with global processes such as neo-liberalism, imperialism and war ?
  • How does Israeli settler-colonialism relate to the Israeli nation-state building project ?
  • How does resistance against the settler colonial regime by the indigenous Palestinian population relate to and articulate itself within/vis-à-vis the Palestinian national struggle ?

We are keen to solicit papers from research students, as well as established scholars.

Candidates should send a one-page abstract by July 30th and a 3,000-word draft paper by September 15th to : settlercolonialismconference[at]exeter.ac.uk

We plan to publish the papers presented and discussed in the conference in an edited volume or special journal issue.

Travel and accommodation costs of paper presenters will be covered where needed.

Attendance is free ; please register via email (settlercolonialismconference[at]exeter.ac.uk) indicating if you would like to attend.

Workshop, Sunday, 4th October 2015 Subaltern Agency and Resistance in Settler Colonial Contexts : The Case of the Naqab Bedouin

This workshop, which is part of the AHRC-funded research project “Gender and Settler Colonialism : Women’s Oral Histories in the Naqab”, is intended as a forum to discuss, debate and shed light on the various forms of subaltern politics that can develop in complex settler colonial contexts, such as that of the Naqab. Rather than approaching the topic of settler colonialism conceptually, the aim of the workshop is to analyse the different, often paradoxical and ambiguous forms of subaltern agency and resistance, as enacted by the colonised themselves. We would like to focus on historical and contemporary subaltern practices and performances in the Naqab (rather than ideologies and/or discourses) with the aim of gaining a better understanding not only of how these subaltern politics work, but also of how Israeli settler-colonial power structures and policies have changed over time.

The workshop serves as a platform for in-depth and focused discussion of a limited number of pre-selected, invited papers on the Naqab. Papers will be circulated to and should be read by all attendants in advance of the workshop.

Attendance is free, but limited. Please register your interest via email (settlercolonialismconference[at]exeter.ac.uk) if you would like to attend.

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