Middle East Studies

Lecture | Loubna Qutami | Renewal and Revolt in Palestinian Youth Movements

Loubna Qutami event poster

Thursday, October 5, 2023

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room 353, Watson Institute, 111 Thayer Street
Registration Required

About the Event
Rather than thinking of the role of youth in the Palestinian struggle, what would it mean to think of the Palestinian struggle—though a century old—as profoundly young? What political and intellectual insights come into view when thinking of Palestine through an intergenerational continuum of youth movements? This talk examines transnational Palestinian youth movements following the 1993 Oslo Accords to reveal how youth organizers continue to breathe new life into freedom struggles by renewing their creative technologies and practices.

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About the Speaker 
Loubna Qutami is an assistant professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Qutami is a former President’s Postdoctoral Fellow from the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (2018-2020) and received her PhD from the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside (2018) and an MA from the College of Ethnic Studies: Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas program at San Francisco State University (2013). Qutami’s research examines transnational Palestinian youth movements after the 1993 Oslo Accords through the 2011 Arab Uprisings. Her work is based on scholar-activist ethnographic research methods. Qutami’s broader scholarly interests include Palestine, critical refugee studies, the racialization of Arab/Muslim communities in the U.S., settler-colonialism, youth movements, transnationalism, and indigenous and Third World Feminism. Qutami was a co-founder of the Palestinian Youth Movement (PYM) and is currently a member of the Palestinian Feminist Collective (PFC).