CPS is happy to announce the 8th recipient of the Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Award in Palestine Studies, Dr. Lana Tatour 

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Dr. Lana Tatour will be in residence at the Center for Palestine Studies during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Lana Tatour will be working on her book manuscript, Ambivalent Resistance: Palestinians in Israel and the Liberal Politics of Settler Colonialism and Human Rights, that explores the contemporary impasse of indigenous resistance to settler colonialism, focusing on ’48 Palestinians (known as Palestinian citizens of Israel). Building on an understanding of settler colonialism and liberalism as convergent and co-constitutive, rather than antithetical, and on an understanding of liberalism as entangled with racism, the book demonstrates that native resistance to settler colonialism has been shaped in relation to—and as a product of—the encounter of native populations with the liberal and racial politics of both human rights and the settler state. Ambivalent Resistance is based on ethnographic and archival research and foregrounds the institution of citizenship—marked by inclusionary and exclusionary sensibilities—and liberal human rights—functioning as vehicles of empowerment and domination—as ambivalent bases for native resistance in the national movement. Showing how liberal and multicultural versions of rights can reproduce the racializing logics of settler colonialism and entrench colonial domination, she analyses three cases: the national movement of ’48 Palestinians, the indigeneity claims of the Naqab Bedouin, and the politics of the Queer Palestinian movement.

Lana Tatour is an Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. She completed her Ph.D. in Politics at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom in 2017. Her doctoral research was awarded the Leigh Douglas Memorial runner-up prize for best Ph.D. dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (2018). Tatour was previously a fellow at the UNSW Faculty of Law, the Australian Human Rights Centre, and the Palestinian American Research Center. 

Palestinian architect and academic Suad Amiry wins Tamayouz’s Women in Architecture and Construction prize

Palestinian architect and academic Suad Amiry wins Tamayouz’s Women in Architecture and Construction prize

Award winner Suad Amiry and her husband, academic Salim Tamari, will be at Columbia in Spring 2019, teaching at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Tamari will also be participating in the CPS Jerusalem Project, supported by IRCPL.



The Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University’s Middle East Institute is pleased to announce that the competition for the 2019-2020 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Post-Doctoral Award is now open. This year-long post-doctoral fellowship seeks to recognize and foster innovative and ground-breaking scholarship on issues related to Palestine and Palestinians. The deadline for full applications including supporting letters is February 15, 2019.

Kalimat: the Palestinian Literature Festival

The American Colony Bookshop in Jerusalem, in partnership with the Kenyon Institute, organized Kalimat: the Palestinian Literature Festival, bringing together 14 critically-acclaimed Palestinian and international writers for nightly discussions held across five different cities (Jerusalem, Ramallah, Bethlehem, Nablus, Haifa) from 3-7 November 2018. The festival is aimed at exploring and sharing insights on the craft of writing in its multiple forms, especially as a tool to confront adversity and maintain hope and dignity. A series of university writing workshops will also be held at An Najah, Birzeit, Bethlehem and Al Quds universities with the visiting writers.

PARC Fellowships 2019-2020

The Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) announces three fellowship competitions for the year 2019-2010. PARC has two research fellowship competitions for scholars of Palestine and a travel seminar competition for scholars who are not Palestine experts but who are eager to learn more about Palestine. Applications are due in January 2019.

Seth Anziska: "Sabra and Shatila: New Revelations"

Essay adapted from Preventing Palestine: A Political History from Camp David to Oslo, written by Seth Anziska and published by Princeton University Press.

“We are publishing here for the first time these English-language excerpts from the secret Kahan Commission Appendix, in their original form and as an open source, so that researchers in Lebanon, Israel, Palestine, and farther afield can consult these primary sources directly. This appendix is another historical source that can elicit shock: a chilling set of memoranda that paints a more complete picture of Israeli and Phalange eagerness to foment violence against the Palestinians as part of a wider war to remake the Middle East. […] In practice, this pattern of false and dehumanizing rhetoric about “terrorists” served to countenance unrelenting violence, leading to the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians in September 1982.”

Symposium with CPS Faculty Lila Abu-Lughod at the Center for the Study of Social Difference

Symposium with CPS Faculty Lila Abu-Lughod at the Center for the Study of Social Difference

What We CAN Do When There’s Nothing To Be Done: Strategies for Change
How can we imagine justice, practice solidarity and create change across barriers of social difference in today’s political landscape? As the acceptance of inequality has become the new norm to a degree we might have deemed unthinkable, and as public dialogue has reached an impasse, protest and resistance continue.

This conference brings together scholars, artists, and activists from around the globe whose work can inspire new ways of thinking, seeing and listening, and productive strategies of intervention for our time.

September 28, 9:30AM - 7:30PM
The Forum at Columbia University
605 W 125th St.
New York, NY 10027