Thursday, October 26, 2017
11:45 am - 1:15 pm
Forum for Scholars and Publics
Duke's West Campus Quad
011 Old Chem
A light lunch will be served.
The Internet and social media once seemed to hold the promise of liberation and free expression for all those who accessed it. For Palestinians in Israel and the West Bank, the Internet is a critical field of expression and organizing, especially because Palestinians are geographically fragmented, largely due to Israeli policies. However, the Internet is by no means free of dangers. This talk looks at what recent campaigns against Palestinian expression online can tell us about publics, politics, and borders today.
Cosponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Franklin Humanities Institute, and the Duke University Middle East Studies Center.
Cover Art: David Reeb.
A PART OF THE SPEAKER SERIES,
"50 Years of Occupation, 1967-2017: Israel/Palestine, Histories and Futures"
SEPTEMBER 28 - Joyce Dalsheim, "The Anthropologist and the Settler: Updates From the Field in Israel/Palestine"
OCTOBER 2 - Diana Allan, "Still Life: Experiences of Palestinian Exile"
OCTOBER 20 - Lisa Hajjar, "International Law and Fifty Years of Occupation"
OCTOBER 26 - Amahl Bishara, "Posting While Palestinian: Shifting Bounds for Expression in the West Bank and Israel"
NOVEMBER 9 - Helen Yanovsky, "Human Rights on Camera in the Palestinian West Bank"
NOVEMBER 16 - Daniel Seidemann, "Jerusalem Fifty Years On: United or Occupied?"
DECEMBER 5 - Lara Friedman, "Enabler or Peacemaker? U.S. Policy and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict"
Amahl A. Bishara is an associate professor of anthropology at Tufts University whose work revolves around expression, space, media, and settler colonialism. She is the author of Back Stories: U.S. News Production and Palestinian Politics (Stanford University Press, 2013) and the director of the documentary Degrees of Incarceration (2010). She is currently working on two book projects, the first of which examines the relationship between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank. Her second project underway focuses on Palestinian popular politics in a West Bank refugee camp. She is also a regular contributer to such outlets as Jadaliyya, Middle East Report, and has been involved with the production of bilingual Arabic and English children's books about refugee lives, including The Boy and the Wall.