Visiting Scholar: Dr. Abed Kanaaneh

Visiting Scholar: Dr. Abed Kanaaneh

Dr. Abed Kanaaneh joins the the Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies at Columbia as a visiting scholar.  He recently completed an award winning dissertation "Hizballah in Lebanon: Al-Muqawamah (Resistance) as a Contra-Hegemonic Project” at Tel Aviv University.  His research interests include: Shiite political thought, radical Islamic movements, revolutionary thought in the Middle East, the Arab-Israeli Conflict, and new Marxism in the Middle East.

Abed was previously the co-director of the Equality Policy Department at Sikkuy—The Association for the Advancement of Civic Equality in Israel. He also headed communist member of parliament Dov Khenin’s staff and was the spokesperson of the Arab Center for Alternative Planning.

New Course: The Anthropology of Palestine

New Course: The Anthropology of Palestine

CPS Faculty Rhoda Kanaaneh is teaching the course "The Anthropology of Palestine" in the Spring 2018 term.

This course examines the relationship between different forms of knowledge about Palestinians and the political and social history of the region. It explores the complex interplay of state, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class at both local and global levels in constructing what Palestine is and who Palestinians are. The course takes up diverse areas, from graphic novels to archaeological sites, from news reporting to hiking trails, to study how Palestine is created and recreated. Students will gain a familiarity with anthropological concepts and methodological approaches to Palestine. They will become familiar with aspects of the social organization, historical developments, and political events that have shaped the region over the last century. The course is also intended to develop students’ skills in written and oral communication, analysis, ethnographic observation, and critical thinking.

Reading Group: The Law of Occupation – Palestine/Israel

The Center for Palestine Studies and the Open University Project at Columbia Law School are pleased to announce the Spring 2018 Reading Group: The Law of Occupation – Palestine/Israel, facilitated by CPS faculty Katherine Franke.

This reading group will explore the legal, political and moral underpinnings and consequences of occupation, and will examine how international law defines and regulates occupation, and differentiates legal from illegal occupation and colonialism. The group will meet six times during the spring semester for 2 hours each session.

All interested members of the Columbia community are invited to email cpspalestine@gmail.com.

Arcapita Visiting Professor Dr. Anaheed Al-Hardan

The Middle East Institute is pleased to welcome Anaheed Al-Hardan to Columbia University as the Arcapita Visiting Professor for the Spring 2018 semester. Anaheed Al-Hardan comes from the American University of Beirut where she is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Media Studies. She is the author of the award-winning Palestinians in Syria: Nakba Memories of Shattered Communities  (Columbia University Press, 2016),  joint winner of the 2016 Academic Book Award at the London Palestine Book Awards.

APPLY | PARC Fellowships

APPLY | PARC Fellowships

The Palestinian American Research Center’s (PARC) announces its annual fellowship competitions. They offer two research fellowship competitions for scholars on Palestine and two travel seminar competitions for scholars who are not Palestine experts but are eager to learn more. To learn more, visit see here or visit http://parc-us-pal.org

After Jerusalem, the US Can No Longer Pretend to Be an Honest Broker of Peace - But that might not be a bad thing

After Jerusalem, the US Can No Longer Pretend to Be an Honest Broker of Peace - But that might not be a bad thing

CPS co-Director Rashid Khalidi writes for The Nation on Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and what this means for the peace process.

"But in plunging the Middle East into what may be a prolonged crisis, and saddling future generations of American policy-makers with the burden of dealing with the mess he has made, Trump may have inadvertently cleared the air. He may have smashed a rotten status quo of US “peace processing” that has served only to entrench and legitimize Israel’s military occupation and colonization of Palestinian land for a quarter-century, which has made more difficult a just, lasting peace between the Palestinian and Israeli peoples."

Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too

Trump’s error on Jerusalem is a disaster for the Arab world … and the US too

CPS co-Director Rashid Khalidi for The Guardian, on Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital .

"Trump, who was warned against this step by Arab, Middle Eastern and European leaders, has now made resolving the conflict over Palestine much harder, even as he has brought joy to his friends, and to their dangerous, extremist soulmates in Israel. Far from ushering in the “deal of the century”, as he boasted, with this foolish move Trump may usher in the debacle of the century."

P is for Palestine: Why a children’s book has Zionists losing their minds

P is for Palestine: Why a children’s book has Zionists losing their minds

"Something about P is for Palestine touched a nerve. When does a children’s book get coverage in the New York Post (“Page Six,” no less), the ForwardHa’aretz, the New York Daily News, and Breitbart? ... Children’s books aren’t merely precious entertainment; we imagine them to be conduits for the transmission of certain values. P is for Palestine makes manifest something Zionists fear but cannot control... The book provides an ocular target for their existential anxiety." — Steven Salaita