Emancipated Palestinian Futures? Hard Lessons from the South African Dream Deferred


Dr. Irene Calis
Political Anthropologist


*A light snack is served at 12:30 p.m. Talk begins promptly at 1:00 p.m.

Dr. Irene Calis will discuss how the frequent comparisons of Israel with Apartheid South Africa may obscure more fundamental questions Palestinians should be asking. From her recent base in today’s South Africa, where “whiteness” still lives on the back of “blackness,” she argues that the post-apartheid moment should alert Palestinians to take stock and reframe both the form of our campaigns and the terms of any proposed resolution. This requires asking qualitatively different kinds of questions, ones which concern not the nature of the apartheid state, but instead, the nature of our preferred future.  
Dr. Calis is a political anthropologist whose research focuses on the politics of human suffering towards meaningful transformation in people’s everyday lives.  Her long-term fieldwork has involved living and working with Palestinian farming communities throughout the West Bank.  She holds a PhD from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has taught in diverse university settings across the globe including Rhodes University, South Africa, the University of Cambridge, UK, and the University of Hawai`i in Oceania.  


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