Palestine and Pedagogy at the University

A one day conference on the pedagogical challenges of teaching Palestine at the university.

Friday, November 6, 2015
9:15 AM - 5:00 PM
11360 - Main Conference Room, Charles E. Young Research Library

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9:15 –11:00 AM: Panel one
Moderator: Asli Bali, Professor UCLA Law School

9:30 - 10:00:  Yaman Salahi, “Academic Freedom in Middle East Studies: Comfort, Balance, and Neutrality in the Classroom.”

10:00-10:30:   Cheryl Harris, “Pedagogical Challenges of Engaging Palestine.”

Coffee Break 11:00 - 11:30

11:30-1:30 Panel two
Moderator: Sondra Hale, Research Professor, Departments of Anthropology and Gender Studies, UCLA

11:30-noon:  Lisa Rofel, “Self-Censorship and Autopedagogy on Palestine”

Noon- 12:30:  Lara Deeb and Jessica Winegar, "Between Self-Censorship and Responsibility: Anthropologists Navigate Palestine in the Classroom."

Lunch Break 1:30-2:30

2:30-4:30: Panel three 
Moderator: Susan Slyomovics, Professor of Anthropology and Near Eastern Languages & Cultures

2:30-3:00:  David Theo Goldberg, “Histories of Relation, Logics of Domination”

3:00-3:30: David Lloyd, “Lawfare and the Elimination of Histories.” 

Conclusions: Panel participants 4 – 5 PM 


Lara Deeb
Professor and Chair of Anthropology, Scripps College
Lara Deeb is the author, with Jessica Winegar, of the forthcoming book Anthropology's Politics: Disciplining the Middle East (Stanford). She is also the author of An Enchanted Modern: Gender and Public Piety in Shi'i Lebanon (Princeton, 2006) and co-author, with Mona Harb, of Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi'ite South Beirut (2013). 

David Theo Goldberg
Professor of Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Criminology, Law and Society, University of California, Irvine
David Theo Goldberg has written extensively on race and racism, among other subjects. His latest book, just out from Polity Press is Are We All Postracial Yet?

Cheryl Harris
Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the UCLA School of Law
Professor Harris’s work explores the interconnections between racial theory, civil rights practice, politics and human rights. She is the author of “Whiteness as Property” (Harvard Law Review) and “Whitewashing Race” (California Law Review) among others. She has lectured widely on issues of race and equality at leading institutions in the US, Europe, South Africa and Australia.

David Lloyd 
Distinguished Professor of English, University of California, Riverside
A founding member of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.  He has published numerous articles on Palestine and Israel, including “Settler Colonialism and the State of Exception: The Example of Israel/Palestine” in The Journal of Settler Colonial Studies; “It Is Our Belief That Palestine is a Feminist Issue...” in Critical Legal Thinking,; and, with Malini Johar Schueller, an essay on the rationale for the academic boycott of Israel in the AAUP’s Journal of Academic Freedom.  Lloyd works primarily on Irish culture and on postcolonial and cultural theory. His most recent book is Irish Culture and Colonial Modernity: The Transformation of Oral Space (Cambridge University Press, 2011). 

Lisa Rofel
Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz
Lisa Rofel specializes in feminist anthropology and gender studies, transnational capitalism and sexuality/desire. Her publications include Desiring China: Experiments in Neoliberalism, Sexuality, and Public Culture  and Other Modernities: Gendered Yearnings in China after Socialism

Yaman Salahi
Staff attorney at the National Security and Civil Rights Program at Asian Americans Advancing Justice: the Asian Law Caucus. 
Salahi’s work is focused on advancing the civil rights and liberties of persons affected by post-9/11 federal and local government policies and practices, particularly Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim and South Asian communities. He was previously an Arthur Liman Fellow at the ACLU of Southern California where he worked on litigation relation to post-9/11 surveillance programs at the local and federal level. He is a graduate of the Yale Law School.

Jessica Winegar
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Northwestern University
Jessica Winegar is the author, with Lara Deeb, of the forthcoming book Anthropology's Politics: Disciplining the Middle East (Stanford). She also writes on arts and cultural production in the Middle East, including the book Creative Reckonings: The Politics of Art and Culture in Contemporary Egypt (Stanford, 2006).

Cost : RSVP required, free and open to the public

Johanna Romero
(310) 825-1181

Sponsor(s): Center for Near Eastern Studies, With funding from the UCLA Division of Humanities