25 May
Type of event: 
Jerusalem’s Interrupted Futures: Celebrating the Release of the Special Issue of the Jerusalem Quarterly
Organizing office: 
Institute for Palestine Studies
In partnership with: 
Heinrich Böll Stiftung – Palestine and Jordan
Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 17:00 - 19:00
Eastern Date:: 
Thursday, May 25, 2023 - 10:00 - 12:00
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About the event: 

Join us, in cooperation with Heinrich Boell Foundation - Palestine and Jordan, for a webinar launch of issue 92 of the Jerusalem Quarterly, themed “Jerusalem’s Interrupted Futures.”

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2023

Time: 10 am ET | 5 pm Palestine

“Jerusalem’s Interrupted Futures” addresses the threads of unfulfilled alternative futures that must be uncovered in order to understand the current reality in Jerusalem. The analysis proposed in this special issue is not counterfactual history that consists of imagining other outcomes but rather interpretive. It entails seizing elements of history – plans, projects, programs – and saving them from oblivion so that new generations might base their understanding of their history on a more complete panorama of the past than that created by the victors.

The recent history and current reality of Jerusalem are characterized by an ever-increasing number of facts on the ground, from the demolition of Palestinian homes to make space for Israeli settlements to the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The crushing weight of these facts creates a situation in which Palestinians “can’t breathe” anymore, which is why the last words of George Floyd, murdered by racist U.S. police officers in Minneapolis in 2020, resonated so powerfully among them. But knees on necks and facts on the ground are not the only constitutive elements of history, and we would indeed be well advised not to focus solely on cement blocks, checkpoints, and walls.

Join us for a conversation with the authors published in this issue who bring forth the history that shifts the balance between victors and vanquished.

Disclaimer: This document has been produced with the support of Heinrich Boell Foundation. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and therefore do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the Heinrich Boell Foundation.

About the speakers: 

Harris Ford is a Ph.D. student at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, located on Treaty 6 territory. His work focuses on Mashriq-West relations, especially through the United Nations, as well as global communication networks and the decolonization of information.

Semih Gökatalay is a Ph.D. candidate in history at the University of California, San Diego. 

Michelle Campos is an associate professor of History and Jewish Studies at Pennsylvania State University. She is the author of Ottoman Brothers: Muslims, Christians, and Jews in Early Twentieth-Century Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2010). 

Julio Moreno Cirujano is a Ph.D. candidate at SOAS, writing his dissertation on colonial material culture during the British Mandate in Palestine 

Falestin Naili (issue editor and panel moderator) is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Social Sciences (Near and Middle Eastern studies) at the University of Basel and a research associate at the Institut français du Proche-Orient (Ifpo). She is the author of La Palestine entre Patrimoine et Providence (2022). She was recently awarded a Consolidator Grant by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) for a project dealing with the interrupted futures of the Arab world that will run from 2024 until 2029. 

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