In this lecture, based on her book, Dr. Anaheed Al-Hardan traces the evolution of the Nakba in Arab intellectual discourses, Syria's Palestinian politics, and the community's memorialization. She argues for the enduring relevance of the Nakba among the communities it helped create, while challenging the nationalist and patriotic idea that memories of the Nakba are static and universally shared among Palestinians. She also critically tracks the Nakba's changing meaning in light of Syria's war.
Anaheed Al-hardan: is an assistant professor of sociology in the American University of Beirut (AUB) and an advisory board member of the Palestinian Oral History Archive at AUB. Her research has appeared in Journal of Palestine Studies, Qualitative Inquiry, Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East, Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies and International Sociology. Her book Palestinians in Syria was published by Columbia University Press in 2016, and was a joint winner of the 2016 Academic Book Award at the London Palestine Book Awards.