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A conversation with Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé

A conversation with Noam Chomsky and Ilan Pappé

Date(s) - 04/22/2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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The ticketed Zoom event is now full, but you can join a live stream and chat on the IAIS YouTube channel. The live stream will appear when the event begins:

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In the second of our conversations with Professor Ilan Pappé, we welcome Professor Noam Chomsky to reflect on the seeming ‘impasse of the present’ on local and global stages. From stark inequalities exposed by the pandemic to the continuing rightward shift in Israeli politics, our present moment has left many with a sense of intractability – the feeling that current conditions cannot be radically changed, despite our best efforts. At this critical time, we ask Professor Pappé (University of Exeter) and Professor Chomsky (University of Arizona) to consider whether ‘impasse’ might be something other than a situation from which we cannot move forward.* Rather, how might this be a period of activity, awareness, transition, clarification, coordination, adaptation and process?

From internationalism and the fight against racial capitalism, to creating strategies for climate justice and decolonisation, we invite Professors Chomsky and Pappé to speak to us about activism, discontent, resistance and responsibility. Please join us for a conversation that will engage with the violence of the present, while moving toward liberation and justice in the future.

Professors Chomsky and Pappé will be in conversation for 45 minutes, followed by 30 minutes of moderated Q & A.

The conversation will be chaired by Professor Sajjad Rizvi and Colter Louwerse (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 21 April 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.

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Noam Chomsky, Laureate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Arizona, is widely regarded as the world’s foremost public intellectual. First known for his pathbreaking linguistic work, Chomsky came to political prominence on account of his outspoken opposition to the US invasion of Vietnam. An icon of the New Left, he has since established an international reputation as a socialist activist and critic of US foreign policy, neoliberal state capitalism, the American news media, and the Israeli colonisation of Palestine. As part of his voluminous scholarly output, Chomsky’s research on the Palestine Question dissects the historical and contemporary role of the United States in underwriting and facilitating Israel’s systematic dispossession of the Palestinians. His bestselling works include Syntactic Structures(1957); Peace in the Middle East? Reflections on Justice and Nationhood (1974); The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel, and the Palestinians (1983); Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media (1988); and Understanding Power (2002). We eagerly anticipate his forthcoming book The Precipice: Neoliberalism, the Pandemic and Urgent Need for Radical Change(June 2021, Haymarket Books).

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; The Idea of Israel: A History of Power and Knowledge; and wrote two books with Noam Chomsky (Gaza in Crisisand 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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