SOAS University of London

Centre for Palestine Studies

Book Launch: The Colonizing Self, by Hagar Kotef

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Date: 5 May 2021Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 5 May 2021Time: 7:00 PM

Venue: Virtual Event

Type of Event: Webinar



The Colonizing Self explores the cultural, political, and theoretical apparatuses that enable people and nations to construct a home on the ruins of other people’s homes or to feel that they belong to spaces of dispossession. Moving from readings of Locke and contemporary Israeli TV shows to theorizations of settlers’ violence, Kotef examines the affectual conditions of settler colonialism, showing how violence itself can become an object of attachment in settler societies.

Professor Rashid Khalidi, Dr Jeanne Morefield, and Dr Rahul Rao, will discuss the book The Colonizing Self by Dr Hagar Kotef (Duke UP, 2020). Dr Sarah El-Kazaz will Chair the session.

About the speakers

  • Professor Rashid Khalidi is Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies at Columbia University, and author most recently of The Hundred Years' War on Palestine: A History of Settler Colonialism and Resistance, 1917- 2017 (2020).
  • Dr Jeanne Morefield is Senior Lecturer in political theory at the University of Birmingham, and author most recently of Empires Without Imperialism: Anglo American Decline and the Politic of Deflection (2014).
  • Dr Rahul Rao is Senior Lecturer in politics at SOAS, University of London, and author most recently of Out of Time: The Queer Politics of Postcoloniality (2020).
  • Dr Hagar Kotef is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory and Comparative Politics at SOAS, University of London, and author most recently of The Colonizing Self (2020)
  • Dr Sarah El-Kazaz is Senior Lecturer in Comparative Politics of the Middle East at SOAS, University of London.


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Chair: Dr Sarah El-Kazaz (SOAS)

Organiser: Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS and the Centre for Comparative Political Thought, SOAS

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