SOAS University of London

Centre for Palestine Studies

1967 Bypassing 1948: A Critique of Occupation Studies in Israeli Critical Theory

Amal Jamal
Amal Jamal, Tel Aviv University

Date: 1 December 2016Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 1 December 2016Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre

Type of Event: Lecture

Lecture by Professor Jamal in which he will engage with critical Israeli studies of occupation and argue that deconstructing critical occupation studies reveals an array of assumptions that contradict its immediate intentions. Despite the courageousness of these studies they still raise doubts concerning the epistemological, ontological and political assumptions that serve as the foundations of their research. The overall commitment of most of these studies to the mentality of separation manifested in the partition of Palestine and the two-state solution, the preservation of the privileges that Jews managed to obtain since 1948 and their failure to acknowledge daily Palestinian suffering under occupation and in refugee camps render many of these studies unsatisfactory.  By focusing on the occupation of 1967, critical Israeli studies of occupation minimize the impact of the Nakba and thus normalize the Israeli domination system in the 1948 areas, thereby indirectly rendering the Israeli colonization project and discriminatory policies in Arab populated areas legitimate (Full Abstract).

Professor Amal Jamal is the head of the International Graduate Program in Political Science and Political Communication at Tel Aviv University. He is also the head of the Executive Graduate Program in Political Communication and the Walter Lebach Institute for Jewish-Arab Relations at Tel Aviv University. He has been the chair of the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University in the years 2006-2009 and is currently Co-editor in Chief of the department’s journal, The Public Sphere. He is the general director of I’lam- Arab Center for Media Freedom, Development and Research. His research fields include political theory and communication, nationalism and democracy, civil society and social movements, indigenous minority politics and citizenship studies. He has published extensively on these topics in professional international journals. Among his recently published books are The Nakba in Israel’s National Memory (Tel Aviv University, 2015); Arab Minority Nationalism in Israel: The Politics of Indigeneity (London: Routledge, 2011) and The Palestinian National Movement: Politics of Contention, 1967-2005 (Indiana University Press, 2005). 

Chair: Gilbert Achcar, SOAS

Organiser: Centre for Palestine Studies

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