Palestine as Praxis: Scholarship for Freedom

This essay is a reflection by the primary coauthors of the “Palestine and Praxis: Scholars for Palestinian Freedom” pledge that circulated in May 2021. In their reflection, four members of the collective consider the intellectual and embodied tradition from which the statement draws as well as the process of writing collaboratively in moments of intense grief and immense pride. They elaborate on the concept and ethic of Palestine as praxis for scholars more broadly and for themselves as Palestinian graduate students and researchers.

Author biography: 

Nour Joudah is a PhD candidate in geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently working on a dissertation examining Indigenous counter-mapping and decolonization in former and current settler colonies, namely Algeria, Palestine, and Hawaii.

Randa M. Wahbe is a PhD candidate in anthropology at Harvard University. Her dissertation examines how Israel uses and exploits Palestinian dead bodies to surveil, control, and continuously dispossess and incarcerate the Palestinian population.

Tareq Radi is a doctoral student in American studies at New York University. His research examines the financialization of housing in the West Bank as a mechanism for financial and social reengineering. More broadly, his work interrogates the co-constitution of finance capital and property as social relations at the nexus of settler colonialism and capitalism in Palestine and Turtle Island.

Dina Omar is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at Yale University with joint certification in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program. Her dissertation examines the effects of extreme surveillance and the politics of mental health in the United States, Israel, and Palestine.