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Incorporating the 2017 Edward Said Memorial Lecture

This year, 2017, marks important anniversaries pertaining to the issue of Palestine. It is the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, 100 years of Australian involvement in Palestine, and 50 years of Israeli Occupation. The 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement set the scene by carving up the region into the modern Middle East, and the 1956 Suez Crisis highlighted the geo-political importance of the region. Collectively these significant events have influenced the destiny of the Palestinians and the inhabitants of the region, shaped international and Australian involvement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

This three-day symposium seeks to examine Palestine and the West: History, Contemporary Realities and Challenges Ahead.

The focus of this academic symposium will be Palestine in the context of the West, and not the West in the context of Palestine. The central theme will be Palestine, its past, present, and its future.

Historical interventions and their impact on Palestinians will set the scene of the theme of this symposium. Experts in the field will examine the impact of these interventions on contemporary realities within the Palestinian territories and among Palestinians wherever they are found. The symposium will examine Palestine in context of the MENA region from both micro and macro levels. It will cover international and regional developments and their impact on Palestinians within the Palestinian territories, within Israel, those exiled or living in neighbouring countries, or the Diaspora. The impact of 50 years of Israeli occupation, or almost 70 years of Palestinian displacement since 1948 will also be addressed.

The challenges ahead for Palestinians and the prospects of a just and peaceful resolution will be discussed, as will possible solutions to resolving this core international conflict. 

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Symposium Speakers

The Symposium will be inviting a number of Australian and international guests, each scholars or experts in their fields, including:

  • Mr Gideon Levy, acclaimed journalist with the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, who will deliver the keynote annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture;
  • Dr Peter Slezak, University of New South Wales, Independent Australian Jewish Voices
  • Dr Ahmad Shboul AM, University of Sydney
  • Mr Ben White, writer, journalist, researcher and activist
  • Ms Samah Sabawi, Palestinian-Canadian-Australian writer, commentator, playwright and PhD candidate.
  • Mr Maher Mughrabi, Foreign Editor of The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald.
  • Mr Afif Safieh, Palestinian diplomat
  • further speakers to be listed as they are confirmed.

PROGRAMME SUMMARY

Day 1: Palestine and the West: History & Broken Promises (Friday, 24 November 2017)

Postgraduate (PG) & Early Career Research (ECR) Symposium Forum & Presentations [Download Call For Abstracts here - deadline extended to 20 Sept]

Public lecture & Panel discussion:

  • Different perspectives on the contemporary history of Palestine

Symposium Reception

Day 2: Palestine and the West: Contemporary Realities (Saturday, 25 November 2017)

Two sessions of panel discussion:

  • Palestine in the context of the Middle East
  • The elusive two-state solution

Keynote event: Edward Said Memorial Lecture

Symposium Dinner

Day 3: Palestine and the West: Challenges Ahead (Sunday, 26 November 2017)

Three sessions of panel discussion:

  • Palestinian leadership, Palestinian diaspora and the role of aid
  • Pathways to a peaceful resolution
  • Future possibilities for justice and equality

Closing session: Reflective thoughts on Palestine and the West

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Target Audience

  • Academics & students
  • Public servants within government departments such as foreign affairs, immigration, & Austrade
  • NGO practitioners
  • Higher Degree Research (HDR) students
  • General public

Symposium Convenors

Professor Bassam Dally, University of Adelaide

Dr Minerva Nasser-Eddine, University of Adelaide

For Symposium information, please email: esmsymposium@adelaide.edu.au or contact the Palestine Center For Peace at events@palestinecenterforpeace.com.au or Tel. (+61) 08 8232 5273.

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Symposium Sponsors

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The Australian Friends of Palestine Association is a not-for-profit community organisation based in South Australia working to promote a just peace for the Palestinian people based on international law and UN resolutions.

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An initiative of AFOPA combining a retail shop-front promoting products sourced from Palestine and a Resource Centre to promote awareness and education about Palestine and the Palestinian people.  

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A national coalition of organisations and individuals seeking to influence Australia’s public policy in regard to Palestine and Israel.

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A leading Australian research and teaching group based at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University, focussed on the Middle East and Central Asia.


Symposium Host

Department of Politics & International Studies (POLIS), School of Social Sciences, The University of Adelaide, www.adelaide.edu.au