This conference aims to theorise what Edward Said called ‘the question of Palestine’ in the context of globalisation. An inter-disciplinary group of Palestinian, Israeli, British, American and Irish scholars will explore and debate the ways in which the Palestinian experience of being governed under a ‘state of exception’ may be theorised as paradigmatic for new forms of global governance. The state of exception is characterised, among other things, by the law being suspended in the ‘military order’ issued by the executive arm of government, often bypassing the legislature. Through the continuing existence of a series of emergency laws, the Israeli state regulates the lives of both its Palestinian citizens and of the Palestinians in the occupied territories, making Palestine, not only Palestinians under occupation, the global state of exception par excellence.
The conference is part of the IIIS Global Networks project. Themes discussed will include the ‘Palestinisation’ of ethnic and racial conflicts, the globalisation of the conflict, the theorisation of Palestine as a ‘state of exception’ and the centrality of the memory of the 1948 Nakba (catastrophe) to the contemporary understanding of the conflict.
Speakers: David Theo Goldberg, University of California, Irvine; Gargi Bhattacharyya, University of Birmingham; Ghada Karmi, Palestine / University of Exeter; Hunaida Ghanem, Palestine / Harvard University; Raef Zreik, Palestine / Harvard Law School; Ilan Pappe, University of Haifa; Laleh Khalili, SOAS; Bobby Sayyid, Leeds University; Conor McCarthy, Dublin City University; Ronit Lentin, Trinity College Dublin.
The conference will include the showing of Ayelet Bechar’s documentary film Just Married (Israel: Channel 8, 2005) and documentary coverage of the checkpoint regime by Tamar Goldschmidt, Machsanmilim, Jerusalem.
Dr Ronit Lentin
Department of Sociology
Tel: 00 353 1 608 2766
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