|This looks an extremely interesting conference to anyone who wants to learn about the history of settler colonialism in Palestine. It is one of a series of excellent conferences put on by the SOAS Palestine Society. The speakers are of the usual high class and I can personally recommend his book The Returns of Zionism as one of the best books on Zionism to have come out in the past decade, having reviewed it in the Journal of Holy Land Studies and various left publications. |
Go, you won't be disappointed!
PAST IS PRESENT: SETTLER COLONIALISM IN PALESTINE
For over a century, Zionism has subjected Palestine and Palestinians to a structural and violent form of destruction, dispossession, land appropriation, and erasure in the pursuit of a new colonial Israeli society. Too often, this Palestine ‘Question’ has been framed as unique; a national, religious, and/or liberation struggle with little semblance to colonial conflicts elsewhere. The two-day conference, Past is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine, seeks to reclaim settler colonialism as the central paradigm from which to understand Palestine. It asks: what are the socio-political, economic and spatial processes and mechanisms of settler colonialism in Palestine, and what are the logics underpinning it? By unearthing the histories and geographies of the Palestinian experience of settler colonialism, this conference does not only chart possibilities for understanding Palestine within comparative settler colonial analyses. Rather, it also seeks to break open frameworks binding Palestine, re-align the Palestinian movement within a universal history of decolonisation, and imagine new possibilities for Palestinian resistance, solidarity and common struggle.
Day One: Saturday, 5th March 2011
Chair: Lorenzo Veracini
Participants: Naseer Aruri, Omar Barghouti, Selma James, Ilan Pappe, Mezna Qato, Patrick Wolfe