School of Politics and International Relations

The Unruly Politics of Palestinian Space

7 November 2018

Time: 5:30 - 7:30pm
Venue: Arts One Lecture Theatre, Queen Mary University of London, Mile End Road, E1 4NS

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The Unruly Politics of Palestinian Space – a conversation about methods, politics and Palestinian resistance with Dr. Sharri Plonski and Dr. Yara Hawari

Sharri Plonski in conversation with Yara Hawari (Al-Shabaka), to mark the publication of Dr. Plonski’s new book Palestinian Citizens of Israel: Power, Resistance and the Struggle for Space.

Palestinian Citizens of Israel is an investigation into the Palestinian communities living inside the Jewish state, and their attempts to disrupt, resist and reshape the physical and symbolic borders that discipline their lives. Through extensive fieldwork and over a hundred interviews, Sharri Plonski conducts a comparative analysis of three contemporary cases, in which Palestinian citizens struggle for land and space in Israel: a popular struggle for housing rights in Jaffa; resistance to Jewish settlement interventions (and the policies that under-write them) in the central Galilee; and the campaign to recognise Bedouin land rights in the Naqab desert. Engaging with critical theories of space, borders and resistance, Dr. Plonski’s researches the unruly politics of Palestinian-citizen resistance in Israel, through the different spaces it navigates and transforms. Plonski’s examination of Palestinian activism and transgression offers valuable insight into the structures and reaches of power within the Israeli state, but also its limits.

Dr. Yara Hawari is the Palestine Policy Fellow of Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network. She completed her PhD in Middle East Politics at the University of Exeter. Her research focuses on Palestinian oral history projects and memory politics, framed more widely within Indigenous Studies. She is an activist, researcher, freelance journalist and political commentator.

Dr. Sharri Plonski is a lecturer of international politics at the School of Politics and International Relations Queen Mary University of London.

Chair: Dr. Akanksha Mehta, Goldsmiths