Update: Conference at Birzeit University, 30-31 October 2010
The program can be downloaded here.
The Institute for Palestine Studies (Re)searching Palestine: Research Gaps and Horizons Birzeit University, October 30 – 31
The search for Palestine, in the conceptual and ideational sense, has been the focus of research and publications in IPS since its inception in the early 1960s. The motivation behind holding this conference, which began as a series of workshops in al Bireh in 2009, on ‘research gaps’ was to investigate the state of knowledge and research on Palestine in the last two decades. The objective of these seminars, and hence the conference, was to examine a series of paradigms and research problems on Palestine in the context of the changing political predicament of the Palestinians since the 1980s.
The project aims at four different tasks:
1. To delineate the conceptual boundaries in which the production of knowledge on Palestine and the Palestinians has taken place, and transform this knowledge from research ‘gaps’ to research horizons;
2. To present a critical discourse on the boundaries of Palestinian studies, in the privileging and exclusion of certain topics and themes, as a result of power relations, funding priorities, or ideological hegemony (in other words—what were the power relations that determines the contours of this research);
3. To determine themes that have been neglected or marginalized in research on Palestine, and attempt to rejuvenate it as legitimate arenas of research through three for a—diagnostic workshops, conference proceedings, and the creation of a new research agenda to address these gaps;
4. Finally the conference aims at engaging a number of active Palestinian research groups in order to coordinate the potential and possibilities of transforming research gaps into research agendas and horizons.