[S5046] Thinking Palestine Intersectionally

Created by SYSTEM Manager
Sunday, 11/19/17 1:00pm


June 2017 will mark fifty years of the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, including the West Bank, the Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem. This anniversary renders clear what many activists and scholars have long noted: the highly repressive Israeli military occupation is by no means temporary, but a defining structure of the Israeli and Palestinian political landscape. Within the United States and Europe, the growth of the BDS movement has energized activist and scholarly critique of Israeli state violence, both within its border and the occupied territories. And yet, despite the global growth of popular solidarity with the Palestinian condition, the actually existing realities of Palestinians only worsen.
We are interested in the new kinds of critical thinking and interventions that this anniversary demands. In this panel, we aim to build on the current moment of popular global solidarity with the Palestinian condition by thinking Palestine intersectionally -- drawing on histories and experiences of other anti-colonial and anti-racist struggles across the globe to envision an intersectional politics of hope in this time of political darkness. We will ask: how do these global histories inform our understanding of Palestine as well as inform our strategies for moving towards radical change in Palestine/Israel? How might intersectional thinking productively recalibrate prevailing academic and activist paradigms for anti-colonial work in Palestine/Israel? And what kinds of academic criticism and activism does this particular anniversary of the Israeli occupation both demand and render newly thinkable?





Sherene Seikaly

(University of California, Santa Barbara)
Sherene Seikaly is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Seikaly is editor of Arab Studies Journal, co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya e-zine, an editor of Journal of Palestine Studies, a policy member...
Panel Participating Role(s): Discussant; Organizer;

Samera Esmeir

(UC Berkeley)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Judith Butler

(University of California, Berkeley)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Noura Erakat

(George Mason University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Angela Davis

(UC Santa Cruz (Emerita))
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;