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Race, Racism, and Palestine

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Joukowsky Forum, 111 Thayer Street.

This is a hybrid event. The host will be in the auditorium. Panelists will be presenting remotely. Remote audience members will participate and submit their questions via the webinar's Q&A function. 

Registration link for the webinar. The audience in the auditorium does not need to register. During Q&A, their questions will be answered in person.

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About the Event
Palestinians have long developed a racial theory of Zionism. The Oslo Peace Process, initiated in the early 1990s, subsumed these theories and others that poignantly framed the Palestinian freedom struggle as one against settler colonization, into a peace and justice framework that eschewed the consequential dimension of power. The collapse of the Peace Process at the Camp David talks in 2000 and the Second Palestinian Intifada that followed created fertile grounds for Palestinian advocates and intellectuals to return to a racial and colonial analysis to describe their conditions of unfreedom. The 2014 Gaza-Ferguson moment, marking renewals of Black Palestinian transnational solidarity, catalyzed these analytical returns and acutely re-centered the questions of race, racism, and Palestine among analysts, activists, and scholars. This panel featuring leading scholars of race, law, colonialism, and political economy will take on some of these questions to address racial ideologies, Palestinian intellectual traditions, anti-Blackness, legacies of slavery in the Middle East, and sovereignty frameworks to undergird and advance these ongoing conversations.

About the Panelists

Noura Erakat, Rutgers University, NJ

Marc Lamont Hill, Temple University, PA

John Reynolds, Maynooth University, Ireland

Sherene Seikaly, University of California, Santa Barbara

Lana Tatour, University of South Wales, Australia

Center for Middle East Studies
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