[P4946] Articulations of Struggle in Transnational Palestinian Resistance Circuits

Created by Jennifer Mogannam
Monday, 11/20/17 8:00am


This panel seeks a deeper understanding of Palestinian narrative and resistance across spatial and temporal realities, assuming analytics of exile and refuge as well as the struggle to combat such conditions. It is premised on the notion that the Palestinian transnational community is a pluralistic one that has transformed as a result of various historical, political and social realities. While the research mobilizes various methodologies, this panel is situated within historic moments of transformation and transition in the Palestinian lived reality and as such is a panel intent on contemporary historical inquiry.

This panel will discuss social and political practices historically and draw out congruent modes of survival that extend from the mandate period until today. The discussion of this period will specifically situate Gaza as a geographic location and a place where, through colonial moments, populations and experiences change, but the legacies and organization of struggle build upon those moments past. This panel will then explore the question of diasporic struggle, specifically by examining Palestinian movement during the 1960s in the United States and the linkages it builds with other movements in this moment. As such, this panel will situate the question of Palestine within larger global implications of struggle, particularly linking Palestine to third world struggle as points of both discursive and concrete modes of resistance.

The examination of the Palestinian revolution will highlight the mobilization of the Palestinian armed resistance during the Lebanese civil war to analyze moments in which inter-Arab support and exchange work to both promote and complicate aims and processes for liberation. While this portion of the panel will specifically discuss the question of violence as a methodology of resistance to colonial and imperial rule, it is also interested in the internal sets of relations between the Palestinians and Lebanese. Continuing in this vein of thought, our final portion of the panel will extend the inquiry of theorizing resistance by situating literature within the repertoire of Palestinian modes of resistance. One facet of this piece is the idea of the Palestinian transnational landscape as both enabling and hindering to struggle. As such, the panel will grapple with questions of diaspora relations and quotidian forms of resistance that aim to address the various choices and desires that encapsulate Palestinian socio-political life. Its aim is to both broaden and specify the ways in which resistance is imagined and lived through the Palestinian experience.


Hist; Lit



Suraya Khan

(Rice University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Omar Zahzah

Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Jennifer Mogannam

(UC San Diego)
Jennifer Mogannam is a PhD candidate in Ethnic Studies at the University of California San Diego and a lecturer in Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University. For her doctoral research, she is working to build a framework for revolution...
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Jehad Abusalim

(New York University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;