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Anti-Israel Conferences
An Upcoming one-sided Exeter U conference "Settler Colonialism in Palestine"

13.08.15

Editorial Note

Ilan Pappe, one of the most bitter critics of Israel, has been amply rewarded for his anti-Israeli position.  Since 2010 he is Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at Exeter University.  Under its founder and former head, Professor Tim Nibloc, the Institute received large donations from Arab countries.  This largess has continued to date, making Exeter University one of the largest recipients of Arab money in Great Britain. 
 
Unsurprisingly, the Institute has little to say about the collapse of the Arab Spring, the bloody civil war in Syria or the rise of the malevolent Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (ISIS) which has committed unimaginable atrocities in its quest to create a new Caliphate.
 
Instead, it is funding Pappe's new conference titled "Conference on Settler Colonialism in Palestine."
According to the outline, the conference will address 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?"
 
Ironically, in 2011 The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) organized a conference titled          
Past Is Present: Settler Colonialism in Palestine which stated that "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.  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."
 
Here is suggestion for the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at Exeter:  How about organizing a conference  titled "Present is Present" which would discuss current events in the Middle East? Regurgitating colonial grievances is not going to advance our knowledge of some vital contemporary issues.
 
Here are some suggestions for a conference: How is it that after decades of independence, with the exception of Tunisia, no Arab country has managed to sustain a viable democracy? How is it that, in spite of decades of nation-building, many of the Arab states have devolved into ethno-religious enclaves engaged in bloody warfare?  How is it that a group like ISIS can commit some of the most heinous crimes in history, including beheading, burning alive, crucifixion, rape, sexual slavery, among others?  
 
And here is a suggestion for the really intellectually adventuresome at the Institute. How about organizing a conference called "Present is Future" which would try to imagine the political and social conditions of an ISIS led Caliphate?
 
 
 
Exeter U Conference


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
Time Event spans several days
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  
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: 
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@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@exeter.ac.uk) if you would like to attend.

Provider Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
Attachments
CFP_SC_in_Palestine.pdf Conference information (257K)






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