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A Conservation with Angela Davis and Ilan Pappé

Date(s) - 01/28/2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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Exeter Decolonizing Network


About this Event

In a time of increased precarity and growing inequality, we ask Professor Angela Y. Davis (University of California Santa Cruz) and Professor Ilan Pappé (University of Exeter) what lessons might be learned from histories of antiracist and anticolonial organising – and how they might lead us toward more just futures. Please join the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (IAIS), European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS) and Exeter Decolonising Network (EDN) in welcoming Professors Davis and Pappé as they reflect on the logics of power and movements for transformation in Palestine, the United States and beyond. From settler colonialism and carcerality to abolition and transnational solidarity, this conversation promises to challenge and inspire.

Professors Davis and Pappé will be in conversation for 45-60 minutes followed by 30 minutes of moderated Q & A.

The conversation will be chaired by Dr Katie Natanel and Asha Ali (IAIS).

This event is organised by the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, the European Centre for Palestine Studies and Exeter Decolonising Network.

Registration will close on Wednesday 27 January at 3pm. Details of how to join the online seminar will be sent to the email address you used to register, 24 hours before the event.

For those who are unable to secure a ticket to the Zoom event (once sold out), we will be live streaming the conversation on the IAIS YouTube channel:


Angela Y. Davis, Distinguished Professor Emerita of History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies, UCSC, is known internationally for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Over the years she has been active as a student, teacher, writer, scholar, and activist/organiser. She is a living witness to the historical struggles of the contemporary era. Davis emerged as a leading activist in the 1960s in the Communist Party USA, and had close relations with the Black Panther Party through her involvement in the Civil Rights Movement. During the past fifty years, she has continued to be at the cutting edge of radical thought, prison abolition and movement organising. She is a founding member of Critical Resistance, a national organisation dedicated to the dismantling of the prison industrial complex. Internationally, she is affiliated with Sisters Inside, an abolitionist organisation based in Queensland, Australia that works in solidarity with women in prison. Her works include Women, Race and Class, Are Prisons Obsolete?, Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement and The Meaning of Freedom: And Other Difficult Dialogues.

Ilan Pappé, Professor of History and Director of the European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS), University of Exeter, is an expatriate Israeli historian and socialist activist. He is one of the ‘New Historians’ who, since the release of pertinent British and Israeli government documents in the early 1980s, have been rewriting the history of Israel’s creation in 1948. Pappé’s research contextualises the history of Palestine into a larger global context of settler colonialism and challenges the dominant Israeli narrative. In addition to his work with ECPS, he chaired the Emil Tuma Institute for Palestine Studies in Haifa (Israel) and is a founding member of the new movement, “The One Democratic State Initiative.” He is the author of the bestselling The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, A History of Modern Palestine, The Israel/Palestine Question, The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel and The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge, and wrote two books with Noam Chomsky (The War on Gaza and On Palestine). His 2016 book The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories received the Palestine Book Award.

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