SOAS University of London

Centre for Palestine Studies


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  • Women, Religion and the state in Israel
  • Professor Nira Yuval-Davis (SOAS)
  • The lecture outlines the Zionist project and its relationship with the Jewish religion and then how this was institutionalized and transformed in different periods in the history of the state of Israel, focusing on the transformation of Israel into an (atypical) neo-liberal state.


  • Religious Claims and Nationalism in "Secular" Zionism: Obscuring Settler Colonialism
  • Professor Nadim Rouhana (Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University)
  • In this presentation Prof. Rouhana will examine how nationalism, religious claims, and settler colonialism enmesh within Zionism and demonstrate how their interaction played a major role for Israeli academia and politics in sidelining or obfuscating settler colonialism as an appropriate frame of analysis for Zionism’s encounter with the Palestinians.

  • A Map of Absence: Palestinian Writings on the Nakba
  • Dr Atef Alshaer (University of Westminster)
  • A Map of Absence presents the finest poetry and prose by Palestinian writers over the last seventy years. Featuring writers in the diaspora and those living under occupation, these striking entries pay testament to one of the most pivotal events in modern history – the 1948 Nakba.

  • 1871 Survey of Western Palestine Revisited: The Visible and The Hidden
  • Salman Abu Sitta (Founder and President of Palestine Land Society)
  • The Survey of Western Palestine (SWP), conducted between 1871 and 1878 and first published in 1880, was considered the first scientifically based comprehensive survey of Palestine and it was unequalled for its time.