New Directions in Palestinian Studies - Brown University

The New Directions in Palestinian Studies research initiative of Brown University’s Middle East Studies Program, launched in 2012 by Beshara Doumani, aims to shape scholarly works in this field through an annual workshop, an endowed post-doctoral fellowship, and a book series.

The thematically organized workshops bring together emerging and established scholars to take stock of research trends, identify promising new questions and sources, and encourage networking across academic and research institutions.

SOAS 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.

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.  

The European Centre for Palestine Studies

The European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS) aims to function as a hub for intellectual engagement with the Palestine question, facilitating scholarly research, helping to refine public discussion, and offering programmes for postgraduate study. Based at the University of Exeter’s Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies and situated within its College of Social Sciences and International Studies, the Centre is well placed to draw on expert faculty from both the IAIS and the Department of Politics and to strengthen Exeter’s longstanding status as a leading centre for scholarly engagement with the Palestine question.

AURDIP - Association des Universitaires pour le Respect du Droit International en Palestine

AURDIP (the Association of Academics for the Respect of International Law in Palestine) is a French organization of university professors and researchers, created in cooperation with the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel PACBI and with the British organization BRICUP.

AURDIP has two primary missions :

1. To promote the application of international law in Israel and Palestine ; specifically to oppose Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories and Israel’s settlement policy, which fly in the face of international conventions on human rights, United Nations resolutions, and decisions of the International Court of Justice.

2. To defend Palestinians’ right to education and to support students and staff of Palestinian universities in the defense of this right.

Palestine Open Maps

Palestine Open Maps is a platform for map-based exploration and immersive storytelling. This alpha version of the platform allows users to navigate and search the historic map sheets, and to view basic data about present and erased localities.

The idea for this platform was inspired by a large collection of 1940s survey maps from the British Mandate of Palestine recently digitized by the Israeli national library. Although the maps were already in the public domain, their usefulness was limited since they comprise hundreds of separate sheets with no easy means to search, navigate or otherwise comprehend. By combining these sheets into seamless layers that can be navigated online, and combining them with other available data sources, such as the 1945 Village Statistics, historic photography, oral histories and present day digital maps and data, this platform seeks to offer an invaluable resource for mapping the transformation in the human geography of historic Palestine over the past 70+ years.

Photos of Palestine by Hannah Safieh (1910-1979)

A collection of photos by Palestinian photographer Hannah Safieh. Shortly after starting work as a photographer, Safieh found employment at the American Colony photography department. This department, one of the earliest photography establishments in Palestine, was founded in 1898 to meet the growing demand for pictures from the Holy Land. It was at the American Colony that Safieh met and assisted the Swedish photographer Eric Matson (1888-1977). Safieh worked with Matson, documenting the country, until the latter left Palestine in 1946. Safieh's work is interesting because, while most local photographers at the time were producing studio portraits and photographing weddings and other social events, he was working on what could be called landscape and ethnographic photography.

Palestine Virtual Library

Columbia University's collection of Middle East Studies Internet Resources is an ongoing compilation of electronic bibliographic resources and research materials on the Middle East and North Africa (in the broadest sense), created under the purview of the Middle East Studies Department of Columbia University Libraries. Electronic resources from the Middle East are organized by region, country and subject. All materials are arranged to encourage an awareness of authorship, type of information, and subject. The scope of the collection is research-oriented, but it also provides access to other websites with different or broader missions.

The 1967 Census of the West Bank and Gaza Strip: A Digitized Version

In the summer of 1967, just after the Six-Day War brought the West Bank and Gaza Strip under Israeli control, the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (ICBS) supervised a census in these territories. The census included an impressive array of questions about individuals, households, and the quality of residences—about age, sex, religion, place of residence, educational attainment, occupation, industrial sector, income, household structure, health, female fertility, and housing conditions. Moreover, it asked crucial questions about refugee status. The ICBS prepared seven volumes of reports based on this enumeration—the first modern census reports on the Palestinian population.
The Levy Economics Institute is offering, for the first time and free of charge, the content of these volumes in machine-readable form, in the hope that the data can be exploited by researchers interested in a fuller understanding of the social history of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories.