Palestine Solidarity Conferences in the Global Sixties
Keywords: 
Palestinian revolution
international solidarity
conferences
archives
global sixties
internationalization
anti-colonialism
Abstract: 

This article maps the internationalization of the Palestinian cause by studying the participants, groups, and themes at Palestinian solidarity conferences held in 1969–70. Examining such conferences reveals the extent of communication and ideological debate between the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and international solidarity activists at an important juncture in the internationalization of the Palestinian liberation movement. The article makes the methodological point that international conferences organized by the PLO and other Palestinian institutions can function as an alternative archive that complements the traditional archives of diplomatic and intellectual history. Read in tandem with extant Palestinian sources, the paper trail left by international conferences mitigates the scattered and precarious status of Palestinian archives.

Author biography: 
Sorcha Thomson is a PhD fellow in international studies and member of the Entangled Histories of Palestine and the Global New Left research project at Roskilde University.
 

Pelle Valentin Olsen is a cultural and transnational historian of the modern Middle East. Currently, he is a postdoctoral fellow in the Entangled Histories of Palestine and the Global New Left research project at Roskilde University. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 2020.

 

Sune Haugbolle is a sociologist of the modern Middle East. He is professor of Global and Development Studies at Roskilde University and edits the Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication.

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