Palestine: 60 years of dispossession and resistance

15 and 16 May 2008, Docklands Campus, UEL

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On Nakba Day, 15 May, Palestinians mark events which resulted in mass displacement and exclusion. In 2008 it will be 60 years since a million people were compelled to leave their homes – most never returned.

You are invited to the Docklands Campus of the University of East London to join historians, social scientists and film-makers in discussion on the conflict of 1948, its outcomes and the implications for Palestinians and for Israeli society.

Thursday, May 15th



Welcome messages from PSC and PRC

14:10 Panel: Nakba: From Memory to struggle

Chair: Prof. Yosefa Loshitzky (University of East London)

Omar Barghouti (indeprndent researcher/PACBI)
Ending the Nakba: Ethical De-Colonization of Historic Palestine
Prof. Haim Bresheeth (University of East London and BRICUP)
Two States, too little, too late: The next Stage
Dr. Dina Matar (SOAS)
Memory as Struggle

15:50 Panel: Zionism and Palestinian realities

Chair: Phil Marfleet (University of East London and BRICUP)

Dr. Nur Massalha (SMC, University of Surrey)
The Politics of Denial
Prof. Moshe Machover (Kings Colleg, London)
Zionist Colonization in a Regional Context

17:00 Keynote Address

Chair: Prof. Haim Bresheeth (UEL)

Prof. Joseph Massad (Columbia University, New York)
Resisting the Nakba

18:15 Film Show:

1948 by Mohammad Bakri (Palestine, 1998, 90 Min)

Friday, 16 May

films Introduced by Nizar Hassan (SC) and Eyal Sivan (UEL)

10:00 The Roof by Kamal Aljafari (Palestine, 2006, 61 Min)

11:15 Egteyah by Nizar Hassan (Palestine, 2003, 90 Mins)

13:00 Route 181 (Centre) by Michele Khleifi and Eyal Sivan (2003, France, 4 H 30 Min)

18:00 A State of Danger by Haim Bresheeth and Jenny Morgan (UK, 1989, 30 Min)

18:30 Karm Abu Khalil by Nizar Hassan (Palestine, 2003, 90 Mins)
Organised by: Refugee Research Centre, UEL; Matrix East Research Lab, UEL; and Framing Muslims – an AHRC research programme. Entrance is free: you are strongly encouraged to book a place by contacting Phil Marfleet;; tel 020 8 223 7690.

Docklands Campus is adjacent to Cyprus Station, Docklands Light Railway