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First session of a workshop series on what we can we learn from Palestine | Organizers: Eleri Connick and Safae el Khannoussi | Thursday, December 14th | Thursday, January 4th | Thursday, February 1st
Event details of Palestine Teaches: Prison Stories
14 December 2023
17:00 -20:00

Please join us for the workshop series Palestine Teaches, in which students (and researchers acquire skills to engage with critical scholarship during times of crisis, while simultaneously immerging in community-based learning. For these workshops, we invite academics and practitioners to share their expertise on a variety of topics, while stimulating students to learn from Palestine as a source for critical scholarship.

In the last month, the whole world has been talking about Palestine. The efforts to educate communities about settler colonialism, living under occupation and the history of Palestine has been vital. However, focusing on talking about Palestine could quickly see us fall into a trap that has been laid for decades in the European institutions – with voice and power in the wrong place. As such, as part of the Humanities “Conflict and Heritage” stream supported by AHM and ASCA we will work to create a new form of learning from Palestine. A simple change in word, but with huge reverberations.

Palestine Teaches will be an interdisciplinary and experiential workshop series in which participants through guidance from varying facilitators will learn a new vocabulary and have experiential engagement whereby learning will be gained not through facts but by an affect which will create a lasting knowledge. In shifting from Palestine instead of about Palestine, we, as a learning community, get to see Palestine (and Palestinians) not as a subject to decades of colonial violence but as an agent in which we can actively learn from. In focusing on an active participatory experience, we aim for the learning community to leave with a deeper understanding of the embodied nature of sumud.

Key to this workshop series is ensuring that all participants, despite their personal backgrounds and distinct intellectual area of interest, that each feels able to contribute to all discussions in a safe, relaxed and supportive environment. As such, the workshops will make use of different pedagogy to create a collective which has some form of shared starting point to work from. Joining the workshop will allow participants to develop their political reflexivity and skills to be a scholar during crisis.
The Palestine Teaches workshops will take place on Thursday, December, 14th; Thursday, January 4th, and Thursday, February 1st
Participants are requested to sign up by filling in the registration form prior to each session.
We encourage students from our entire UvA community to partake in these workshops. Please keep in mind that the workshops require some preparation. This is to ensure a dynamic and collaborative learning environment based on dialogical understanding. For this reason, we have a limited number of spots.

Palestine Teaches: Prison Stories

Thursday 14 December 17:00-20:00

Through a collective reading of excerpts from Nahla Abdo’s Captive Revolution: Palestinian Women's Anti-Colonial Struggle within the Israeli Prison System, participants will engage in conversation with two guest speakers on the topic of how carceral infrastructures produce systems of segregation and injustice. Based on stories of the women themselves, as well as her own experiences as a former political prisoner, Abdo draws on a wealth of oral history and primary research in order to analyse their anti-colonial struggle, their agency and their appalling treatment as political detainees. 

Upcoming events:

Palestine Teaches: (An)Archiving | Thursday 4 January 2024 (TBA)

Palestine Teaches: Commemoration | Thursday 1 February 2024 (TBA)