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A conversation with Nadine El-Enany and Ilan Pappé

A conversation with Nadine El-Enany and Ilan Pappé

Date(s) - 05/27/2021
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

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Exeter Decolonizing Network


Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm CDT.

On colonial violence & anticolonial resistance

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We frame this seminar as bombs fall on Gaza, police brutality unfolds in Jerusalem and lynchings occur in cities across ’48 Palestine. In the midst of horrific events, we look to Dr Nadine El-Enany (Birkbeck) and Professor Ilan Pappé (University of Exeter) to trace connections between colonial violence in Palestine and the UK, illuminating how political and legal systems are central to attempts to maintain white supremacy. From the construction of borders and immigration policy, to practices of seizure, policing and detention we ask Dr El-Enany and Professor Pappé how ‘race’ and racialisation violently shape our colonial present.

At the same time, we invite these scholars to share with us how the structures, systems and norms that mark (certain) people as ‘strange/other’, ‘not belonging’ or ‘undeserving’ are refused, subverted and potentially undone. We eagerly look forward to learning how irregular immigration, land-based resistance and youth organising constitute forms of anticolonial resistance in Palestine and the UK – and indicate axes along which global movements are already taking shape.


Dr El-Enany and Professor Pappé will be in conversation for 45 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of moderated Q & A.

The discussion will be chaired by Professor Sajjad Rizvi (IAIS) and Neha Shaji (English & Film).

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


Registration will close on Tuesday 25 May 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. We will also be livestreaming the event on the IAIS YouTube channel:

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Nadine El-Enany is Reader in Law at Birkbeck School of Law and Co-Director of the Centre for Research on Race and Law (@CentreRaceLaw). She teaches and researches in the fields of migration and refugee law, European Union law, protest and criminal justice. Her current research projects, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, focus on questions of race and justice in death in custody cases, and the role of law in addressing health inequalities arising from environmental harm. Dr El-Enany has written for the Guardian, the LRB Blog, Pluto Blog, Verso Blog, Open Democracy, Media Diversified, Left Foot Forward and Critical Legal Thinking. She recently co-authored Empire’s Endgame: Racism and the British State (Pluto Press, 2021). Her book, (B)ordering Britain: Law, race and empire (2020) is published by Manchester University Press.


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 A History of Modern Palestine (2006); The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2007); The Israel/Palestine Question (2007); The Forgotten Palestinians: A History of the Palestinians in Israel (2013); and The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge (2016). He has also written two books with Noam Chomsky: Gaza in Crisis (2011) and On Palestine (2015). Pappé’s 2016 book The Biggest Prison on Earth: A History of the Occupied Territories received the Palestine Book Award.


Artwork by Pascale Walker

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