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Ben-Gurion University
Ben-Gurion University constructs collective identity for Naqab Bedouins & Palestinians: "Rethinking the Paradigms: Negev Bedouin Research 2000+"

Prof. Ilan Pappé, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
Safa Abu Rabia, Ben Gurion University
Prof. Ismael Abu-Saad, Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University
Dr. Sarab Abu Rabia Qweider, Ben Gurion University
Prof. Oren Yiftachel, Regional Council of Unrecognized Bedouin Villages and Ben Gurion University
Yuval Karplus, Department of Geography, Ben Gurion University

 

http://huss.exeter.ac.uk/iais/news_item.php?id=481

Rethinking the Paradigms: Negev Bedouin Research 2000+

11th February 2010

Sponsored and Organised by:

The British Academy
Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies (University of Exeter)
Department of Politics (University of Exeter)
13 – 14 February 2010
Venue: Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies
University of Exeter

Agenda
saturday, 13 February 2010

9.00 - 9.30
Registration
9.30 - 10.00
Opening and Welcoming Remarks
 
Dr. Larbi Sadiki, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
Prof. Gareth Stansfield, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
Mansour Nsasra, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
10.00 – 10.45
Keynote Lecture
Chair: Sophie Richter-Devroe, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
 
Prof. Ilan Pappé, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
  • “The Forgotten Victims of Ethnic Cleansing”
10.45 – 11.00
Coffee Break
 
 
11.00 – 12.40
Panel 1: History and Memory
Chair and Discussant: Prof. Michael Dumper, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
 
Mansour Nsasra, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
·         “Transfer and Expulsion of Palestinian Bedouin Tribes from the Naqab 1948-1959”
Safa Abu Rabia, Ben Gurion University
·         “Challenges in Researching the Historical Discourse of the Nakba among the Bedouin-Arabs in the Naqab”
Rola Hamed Abu Zeid, Sociology Department, University College Cork
·         “Gender, Memory and the Nakba. A Case Study of Internally Displaced Palestinian Women in Israel – Differences Among Three Generations”
 
Questions:
·         What are the conventional paradigms of history scholarship in the Naqab or Palestine? How does the new research challenge these, in theme, method or voice?
·         What is the politics of writing history, and specifically denied histories, in the context of the Naqab Bedouin and Palestinians?
·         What is the role of memory for constructing collective identity for Naqab Bedouins and Palestinians more generally? What is its role for history writing?
·         How does the new history scholarship revisit ideas of an unchanging traditional Nomadic society?
12.40 – 13.30
Lunch: Buffet

 

 

13.30 – 14.15
Keynote Lecture
Chair: Richard Ratcliffe, St Antony’s College, Oxford University
 
Prof. Ismael Abu-Saad, Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University
·         “The Essential Role of Indigenous Naqab Palestinian Bedouin Researchers in Knowledge Production”
14.15 – 16.00
Panel 2: Decolonising Research and Advocacy
Chair: Dr. Larbi Sadiki, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
 
Anaheed Al-Hardan, Department of Sociology, Trinity College, University of Dublin
·         “Decolonising Research on Palestinians”
Dr. Sarab Abu Rabia Qweider, Ben Gurion University (presented by Safa Abu Rabia)
·         “Through Feminine Indigenous Eyes: A Bedouin Researcher Reflects on her Identity and Culture”
Ahmad Amara, Human Rights Programme, Harvard Law School, Harvard University
·         “Cause and Identity in Advocacy for the Arab Bedouin Community of the Negev”
Ben White, Free Lance Journalist and Writer
·         “Disappearing Act: Representing the Naqab Bedouin, Glossing over Israeli Apartheid”
 
Questions:
·         Is there a changing relationship between research and advocacy in the Naqab or Palestine? How does / should academia contribute to advocacy? How does advocacy contribute to academia?
·         Are there ‘old’ and ‘new’ research perspectives and advocacy agendas in Naqab Bedouin and Palestine studies?
·         How are these perspectives and agendas influenced by the researcher’s socio-political position within the wider political context?
·         What are the audiences for our work? Is there a coherent audience for Nagab Bedouin and Palestine studies?
16.00 – 16.15
Coffee Break
 
 
16.15 – 18.00
Panel 3: State Policy, Law & Rights
Chair: Dr. Ghada Ageel, Hoping Foundation for Palestinian Refugees, London
 
Dr. Aida Es-Said, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
  • “Behind the Scenes of Zionist Land Acquisition in British Mandate Palestine: the Legal Dispossession of the Fellahin and the Bedouins”
Morad Al-Sane, Washington College of Law, American University
·         “Recognizing Indigenous Land Rights – the Case of Bedouins in Israel”
Rawia Abu Rabia, The Association for Civil Rights, Tel Aviv
·         “The Legal Construction of Exclusion: The Case of Unrecognized Palestinian Villages in the Naqab”
Noa Kram, Social and Cultural Anthropology Department, California Institute of Integral Studies
·         “The Naqab/Negev Bedouin: Legal Struggles for Land Ownership Rights in Israel”

 

 
Questions:
·         How has the legal rights approach challenged traditional representations of the Naqab Bedouin as rootless nomads? How has it reshaped the discourse on the relations between the Bedouin and the Israeli legal (or other) institution?
·         How can and should the academic and legal discourse on Bedouin landownership be constructed to strengthen their legal struggles? What insights can be gained from studies on Palestinian landownership in Israel and the Occupied Territories?
·         What is the relationship between the legal rights approach and the new NGO system and/or advocacy agendas?
·         How do new legal paradigms relate to the extension of new forms of international governance?
19.00
Dinner (Dinosaur Café, 5 New North Road, near Clock Tower and Hotel, Exeter City Centre)

 
 
 
Sunday, 14 February 2010
 
 

9.00 – 9.30
Coffee
 
 
9.30 – 10.00
Provocation Paper
 
Richard Ratcliffe, St Antony’s College, Oxford University
·         “Rethinking the Paradigms: Negev Bedouin Research 2000+”
10.00-10.45
Keynote Lecture
Chair: Mansour Nsasra, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
 
Prof. Oren Yiftachel, Regional Council of Unrecognized Bedouin Villages and Ben Gurion University
  • “Bedouin Arabs of the Naqab / Negev: Studying Colonized Indigeneity”
10. 45 – 11.00
Coffee Break
 
 
11.00 – 12.40
Panel 4: Development, Environment and Health
Chair: Dr. Daniel Neep, Department of Politics, University of Exeter
 
Yuval Karplus, Department of Geography, Ben Gurion University
  • “Past and Present in the Discourse of Negev Bedouin Geography”
Dr. Henri Rueff, Centre for Development and Environment, University of Berne
  • “Bedouin in the Negev and Environmental Studies: Current and Future Research Prospects”
Ferial Abu Nadi, School of Health and Social Studies, University of Warwick
  • “Indigenous Peoples’ Health – Diabetes and Modernity amongst the Negev Bedouin”
Shifra Kisch, Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam
  • “Sites of De-politicization”
 
Questions:
  • How has the changing discourse of development challenged and/or affected the studies in health and environment?
  • What are the conventional paradigms of geography and other social science scholarship on the human environment in the Naqab? How does the new research challenge these, in theme, method or voice?
·         End of Nomad Studies? How has the modernisation discourse on issues of environment and health been challenged? Has nomadism been pathologised?
12.40 – 13.30
Lunch: Buffet
 
 
13.30 – 15.10
Panel 5: Gender and Women’s Activism
Chair & Discussant: Dr. Ruba Salih, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
 
Sophie Richter-Devroe, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
  • “Palestinian Women’s Everyday Resistance: Between Normality and Normalisation”
Dr. Elisabeth Marteu, Department of Political Science, Sorbonne
  • “Bedouin Women in the Negev: Social Activism for Social Change?”
Dr. Isis Nuseir, Department of Women’s Studies, Denison University
·         “The Local as a Site of Belonging and Resistance among Four Generations of Palestinian Women in Israel”
 
Questions:
·         What are the conventional paradigms of scholarship on women, gender and sexuality in the Naqab or Palestine? How does new research challenge these, in theme, method or voice?
·         What is the politics of researching women’s position and struggles among the Naqab Bedouin and Palestinians?
·         What are differences and similarities between women’s resistance strategies in the Naqab, in Israel and in the Occupied Territories? Is the new comparative research resituating the Bedouin in Israeli-Palestinian space?
·         Research & Advocacy: How does gender research relate to transnational feminism, solidarity and hegemonic discourses?
15.10 – 15.30
Coffee Break
 
 
15.30 – 16.15
Concluding Roundtable Discussion: Where Now for Negev/Naqab Bedouin Studies?
Chair: Richard Ratcliffe, St Antony’s College Oxford University
 
  • Prof. Ilan Pappé, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
  • Prof. Ismael Abu-Saad, Department of Education, Ben-Gurion University
  • Prof. Oren Yiftachel, Regional Council of Unrecognized Bedouin Villages and Ben Gurion University
  • Dr. Ruba Salih, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter
 
Questions:
  • Looking forward, is there a Negev Bedouin Studies?
  • What directions might / should new Negev Bedouin Studies and Palestine Studies more generally take? Within which political, theoretical and methodological framework should it be set?
  • What role is there for Negev Bedouin Studies and for Palestine Studies more generally?

 

For further information please contact: Mansour Nsasra, Department of Politics, ma283@exeter.ac.uk or Sophie Richter-Devroe, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, sr268@exeter.ac.uk

 

 

 
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