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Race and Catastrophe: Lessons from Palestine

Race and Catastrophe: Lessons from Palestine

Date(s) - 04/13/2023
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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Heyman Center for the Humanities


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Columbia University

“What can Palestine teach us about the global history of race, capital, slavery, and dispossession? What is the relationship between land and colonialism? Moving beyond paradigms of exceptionalism and the confines of the nation-state reveals Palestine as a key site to explore these questions. Tracing the struggle on and over land, this talk reflects on Palestine’s lessons in and with the movement for global racial justice.


Sherene Seikaly is Associate Professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2016) explores economy, territory, the home, and the body. Her forthcoming book, From Baltimore to Beirut: On the Question of Palestine tells a global history of capital, slavery, and dispossession. She is co-editor of Journal of Palestine Studies and Jadaliyya.

Introduction by Nadia Abu ElHaj, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor in the Departments of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University and Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies.

This event is organized with the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life and cosponsored by the Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities.”

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