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SEEKING PALESTINE, New Palestinian Writing on Exile and Home


How do Palestinians live, imagine and reflect on home and exile in this period of a stateless and transitory Palestine, a deeply contested and crisis-ridden national project, and a sharp escalation in Israeli state violence and accompanying Palestinian oppression?

In Seeking Palestine, just published in the U.S., fifteen Palestinian writers, essayists, poets, novelists, critics, artists, memoirists respond with their reflections, experiences, memories, and polemics.

How can exile and home be written? Who speaks for Palestinians?

Contributors Rema Hammami, Suad Amiry, and Lila Abu-Lughod will read from Seeking Palestine and Mayssun Sukarieh will reflect on the ethics and social impact of speaking for Palestinians in Shatila, an over-researched refugee camp.

Distinguished Panel Speakers

Lila Abu-Lughod
Columbia University

Rema Hammami
Birzeit University

Suad Amiry
Author & Founder of the Riwaq Center for Architectural Conservation 

Mayssun Sukarieh
Arcapita Visitng Professor
Columbia University



Anthropology Department
Institute for Research on Women & Gender
Middle East Institute

6 March 2013, 6:15PM
754 Schermerhorn Extension
Columbia University
Enter Gates on 116 and Broadway or Amsterdam Avenue