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The Political Mapping of Palestine

A talk by Linda Quiquivix

Thursday March 6, 2014, 1230 PM
Knox Hall, Columbia University
Room 208

Quiquivix will speak on her work which seeks to investigate how colonialism's notions of what constitutes "the political" are produced and naturalized in both thought and practice by the colonized themselves. Examining the role of cartography in this question and the Palestinian struggle as a case study, she traces the life of the map in Palestine from the colonial period to the present to show how the Palestinian movement's uncritical and ubiquitous adoption of cartography today often reproduces and continues to naturalize colonial social relations of domination and submission, although this time, between and among Palestinians themselves.


Linda Quiquivix is a geographer, most recently a post-doctoral fellow in Critical Global Humanities at Brown University's Cogut Center. She is a student of movements "from below and to the left" in the Middle East, Latin America, and the U.S. Her research, teaching, and writings focus on how everyday people in struggle collectively organize to create the world anew. Her scholarship draws from spatial theory and critical cartography, with her current work focusing on the theoretical and empirical intersections of cartography and political strategy within the Palestinian national movement. At Brown she has taught courses on the Israel-Palestinian conflict, spatial theory, the Zapatistas, and the Black radical tradition.


Moderated by Brian Boyd, Director of Museum Studies, Lecturer in Anthropology, Program Director, Center for Archaeology, Columbia University.



Columbia University Department of Anthropology
Columbia University Center for Archaeology

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Omar: Film Screening