Gaza in Context - A Contesting Governance Seminar

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In light of the ongoing and escalating violence on Gaza, the Contesting Governance platform invites you to partake in an academic debate that aims to contextualize Israel's war on the Palestinian people, especially in Gaza. The debate will feature an interdisciplinary panel of speakers with diverse backgrounds, offering insights into a conflict characterized by occupation and colonial rule.

Join us in this conversation and contribute to a much-needed critical discussion on one of the world’s most longstanding forms of oppression and ongoing warfare.

*Registration is required!

On Friday October 27th, the description of the event was changed to address any potential concerns about the diversity of perspectives and expertise of the speakers. Because this amendment was made without consulting the speakers, it is now being changed back to the original text.

Please click here to view the updated description on Oct 27

In light of the attacks by Hamas in Israel and the ongoing catastrophic violence and escalating violence in Gaza, we invite you to partake in an academic debate that aims to contextualize the Israel-Palestine conflict. The debate will feature an interdisciplinary panel of speakers with diverse backgrounds, offering insights into the conflict characterized by occupation and colonial rule.

Join us in this conversation and contribute to a much-needed critical discussion on one of the world’s most longstanding forms of oppression and ongoing warfare.

Program

17:00 - 18:00 Walk-in 
18:00 - 20:00 Panel discussion 

Speakers

  • Dr. Alessandra Spadaro is Assistant Professor of Public International Law at Utrecht University, where she teaches courses on, among others, human rights in armed conflict and the law of occupation, and conducts research on international humanitarian law, international human rights law, international criminal law, and their intersection. Alessandra holds a PhD in international law from the Geneva Graduate Institute.
     
  • Dr. Sai Englert is a lecturer at Leiden University. He is the author of Settler Colonialism: An Introduction and sits on the editorial boards of Historical Materialism and Notes from Below.
     
  • Omar Barghouti is a Palestinian human rights defender, co-founder of the BDS movement, and co-recipient of the 2017 Gandhi Peace Award. 
     
  • Dr. Erella Grassiani is an Associate Professor at the Department of Anthropology at the University of Amsterdam. She does research in Israel/Palestine on militarism, security, politics of trees and nationalism. She is the author of Soldiering under Occupation processes of Numbing among Israeli soldiers in the Al-Aqsa Intifada (2013 Berghahn Books) and co-editor of Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security Provision (2019 Routledge).

Moderator

  • Dr. Layal Ftouni is an Assistant Professor of Gender Studies and Critical Theory at the Graduate Gender Programme, and a research affiliate at the Institute of Cultural Inquiry (ICON) at Utrecht University. Her research explores the politics of life and living at the boundaries with death (both human and environmental) in conditions of war and settler colonialism, focusing on Syria and Palestine. 
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Location
Drift 21, Lecture Hall 032
Entrance fee
Free
Registration

Late registrations are possible by sending an e-mail to contestinggovernance@uu.nl