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05/10/2013 - 06/10/2013    
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SOAS University
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, WC1H 0XG, London
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On 5-6 October 2013, the Palestine Society at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in London will hold its ninth annual conference, Self-Critique Two Decades After Oslo.


Conference Programme

DAY ONE | Saturday 5th October 2013
9.00-9.30 Registration and Refreshments
9.30-9.35 Opening remarks – Director, Centre for Palestine Studies, SOAS
9.35-10.15 Keynote Address – Overcoming Oslo, Restoring Popular Sovereignty – Karma Nabulsi, University of Oxford
10.15-11.45 Session 1: Situating Palestine


1. Unsettling Exceptionalism: Bringing a Race, Class and Gender Perspective to Palestine – Nahla Abdo, Carleton University
2. The Continuity of Colonial Control Mechanisms in Palestine – Laleh Khalili, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
3. Oslo and the Taming of National Liberation Struggles in the Arab World – Gilbert Achcar, School of Oriental and African Studies, London

11.45-12.00 Coffee, Tea and Refreshments
12.00-13.30 Session 2: Subjects of Self-Criticism


1. Histories of Self-Criticism within the Palestinian Liberation
Struggle – Abdel-Razzaq Takriti, University of Sheffield
2. Promises not Reached, Dreams Waiting to be Realized: Oslo and its Aftermath – Eileen Kuttab, Birzeit University
3. The Roots of Oslo: Beyond an Ideological Critique – Adam Hanieh,
School of Oriental and African Studies, London

13.30-14.15 Lunch
14.15-15.45 Session 3: Oslo and the Fragmentation of the Body Politic


1. The Palestinian Citizens in Israel After Oslo – Nimer Sultany, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
2. Wadi ‘Araba: Precarious citizenship and Palestinians in Jordan – Mohammad Al-Masri (tbc), Arab Center for Research and Policy Studies
3. On Loss and Renewal in Lebanon – Diana K. Allan (tbc), Cornell University

15.45-16.00 Coffee, Tea and Refreshments
16.00-17.30 Session 4: International Law, the Human Rights Turn, and the Struggle for Palestine


1. International Law as Anti-Colonial Struggle – Hassan Jabareen (tbc), ADALAH: The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel
2. Settler Colonialism and International Law in the 21st Century –
Darryl Li, Columbia University
3. In the Land of the International: Palestine, Revolution and War – Samera Esmeir, University of California, Berkeley

DAY TWO | Sunday 6th October 2013
9.30-10.00 Refreshments
10.00-11.40 Session 5: Social Reproduction Under Oslo

1. Water as Political Tool to Encourage or Discourage Settlement –
Mark Zeitoun, University of East Anglia
2. Solidity and Fluidity in the Bubble: Housing Development,
State-building, and Cultural Reproduction in the Contemporary West
Bank – Kareem Rabie, The Graduate Center, City University of New York
3. Breaking the Popular, Securing the Local: Aid and Its Fragmentary
States – Lisa Bhungalia, Syracuse University
4. Hooked on Electricity: Colonizing Palestine on the Grid – Omar Jabary Salamanca, Ghent University

11.40-11.55 Coffee, Tea and Refreshments
12.00-13.40 Session 6: Oslo and the Consequences for Resistance

1. International Investigative Commissions in Palestine, Before and
After Oslo – Lori Allen, University of Cambridge
2. Contextualizing Contemporary Palestinian Popular Resistance – Ala Al-Azzeh, Rice University
3. Palestine De-Osloized! – Haidar Eid, Al-Aqsa University
4. The Oslo Generation on Exile Politics: Between Solidarity and
Leadership – Nour Joudah, Institute for Palestine Studies

13.40-14.25 Lunch
14.30-16.10 Session 7: Integrating Critique and Moving Forward


1. Co-opted Solidarity and the Challenge of Joint Struggle – Sara Kershnar, International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network
2. Rebuilding the Movement: From the Popular Committees to the Labor
Unions – Jamal Juma, Stop the Wall
3. Organizing in Yarmouk Camp – Youssef Fakhreddine, Ajras Al-Awda, Yarmouk Camp, Syria
4. Don’t Mourn – Organise: Organisation, the Struggle Against Apartheid and the Palestinian Predicament – Steven Friedman, Rhodes University/University of Johannesburg

16.10-16.25 Coffee, Tea and Refreshments
16.25-18.00 Session 8: Roundtable