[C5031] "Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice" al Commitment"

Created by Michelle Hartman
Sunday, 11/19/17 8:00am


"Teaching Palestine" pulls together threads recently discussed at MESA meetings. In 2016, participants at the Thematic Conversation on Academia and Activism, for example, discussed the distance between their practices inside and their political activism outside the classroom. Several participants focused on the challenges of teaching Palestine. At MESA in 2015, participants in panels and thematic conversations debated the role of academics in public life and the political roles of academic associations including MESA and WOCMES. In other academic meetings, including the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, the American Studies Association, and the National Women's Studies Association, participants continued to discuss these increasingly urgent and timely questions. Members of the NWSA's Feminists for Justice in/for Palestine in 2016 built on conversations they started at the 2015 meeting on pedagogical practices and conceptual framing of transnational feminisms, Islamophobia, and Palestine. At NAISA in 2016 several panels addressed the distance between the language of academic research and curriculum and that of the communities they study as particularly pressing in Palestine and Indigenous community studies. At ASA in 2016, participants troubled the idea of research and pedagogical topics such as Americana, area studies and Palestine with those of activism, academic freedom and the US Presidential elections.

This Thematic Conversation is timely, urgent and necessary for the 2017 MESA meeting: timely, because it builds on ongoing conversations in several academic associations and promises to test and challenge the limits of the boundaries of research, pedagogy, and public engagement; urgent, given the questions the current political and historical moment--the Trump Presidency, 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, 30th anniversary of the 1987 Intifada, 70th anniversary of the UN Partition, among others--raises within North America, around the world and in the specific contexts of our college campuses. And it is necessary because of the intensifying battles between a neoliberal corporate model allied with well-financed, well-connected groups seeking to silence, intimidate and bully teachers and students who study, research and engage in the praxis of Palestine.

This conversation, then, will bring together colleagues from different disciplines and teaching locations to historicize and contextualize teaching Palestine in its multiple manifestations and nuanced dialectics while also providing a much needed space to think through how to teach, design syllabi, move between the inside of the classroom and the outside of campus, and above all hold ourselves accountable to a complex, nuanced and exciting intellectual line of inquiry.





Michelle Hartman

(McGill University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Rabab Abdulhadi

(San Francisco State University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Chair; Organizer;

Emilio Dabed

(Independent scholar, Palestine)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;