About the Centre for Palestine Studies
The Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS) was established in 2012 under the umbrella of the London Middle East Institute at SOAS.
The question of Palestine has long been a fundamental issue to the Middle East with far-reaching global significance. The Israel-Palestine conflict is one of the most complex and protracted conflicts of our time. All countries across the region are deeply involved with its various dimensions, Palestinian refugees remain the largest body of refugees in the world, Palestine is the theatre of the longest ongoing occupation recognised as such in international law, Palestinian holders of Israeli citizenship have been permanently engaged in fighting for their rights, and a wide range of social and political movements claim to represent the Palestinian voice. Reflecting this complexity and central importance to the region, the academic study of Palestine and Palestinians generates a large and ever-growing body of knowledge across every disciplinary field.
For SOAS, the study of Palestine and Palestinians has always been a prominent feature of research and teaching, involving a considerable number of staff and students. The CPS provides an institutional home for this work across the various disciplines represented at SOAS, including Politics, History, Development Studies, Economics, Anthropology, Gender Studies, Law, Media and Film Studies, Art, and Music.
The CPS organises lectures, seminars and conferences, film screenings and other events. Our aim is to promote the highest quality research on Palestine, and we seek the means to attain this goal. The CPS also seeks to cooperate with similar centres in the UK, the Middle East and internationally.
Professor Dina Matar
Chair, Centre for Palestine Studies
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Contact the Centre for Palestine Studies
Address: Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS Middle East Institute, Room: B404, Centres and Institutes Office, SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies) London WC1H 0XG, United Kingdom.