Call for Papers: Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice

Start date: 
Friday, 18 January 2019
Type of Event:
Call for papers

'Teacing Palestine

Keynote Speakers: Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi (SFSU) and Dr. Robin D G Kelley (UCLA).

Teaching Palestine: Pedagogical Praxis and the Indivisibility of Justice international conference and study tour will be convened in South Africa on March 18-19, 2019 (international conferences), and March 20-25, 2019 (study tour). The two-day international conference will bring together South African and international participants to contextualise the praxis of Palestine as a justice issue in its multiple manifestations and nuanced dialectics. The conference will also examine the tensions and contradictions of the academy and the community dialectic, bringing up questions of social movements and intellectual inquiry.

The Teaching Palestine South African conference on March 18-19, 2019 will take place at two sponsoring universities (in Johannesburg and Pretoria) in a formal conference setting. Building on multi-site conversations inside and outside the academy, scholars, advocates and activists will weave theory and praxis in pedagogical intellectual and community imaginaries, teaching about justice-centred knowledge production on Palestine.

International participation is invited. Such participation must be historically contextualised and currently relevant to justice-centred knowledge production in ways that intentionally invoke and take into account opportunities and limitations of comparative analysis. We particularly seek participants from the global North and South with the understanding that the North exists in the South and vice-versa. This is aimed at challenging the boundaries of what teaching and learning mean, in settings including, but not limited to, scholarly associations, university classrooms, prisons, community centers, formal and informal labour settings, social movements and activist’s contexts as well as informal teaching and learning spaces.

Interested participants are hereby invited to submit a 300 word abstract of individual presentations or 500-word proposals along with individual abstracts of pre-organised panels, roundtable (Other creative format is also welcomed)   no later than 18 January 2019. In addition, the submission must include a 250 word bio for each participant, including pre-organized panels, roundtables and/or other format. An international committee will review and approve proposals. Notification of accepted proposals will be made by 30 January 2019. Full papers must be received by 1 March 2019.

Please submit your proposal to co-coordinators of the Teaching Palestine South African project to:

·  Teaching Palestine South Africa conference 2019, TeachingPalestine@amec.org.za

·  Na’eem Jeenah, Executive Director, Afro-Middle East Center (AMEC), info@amec.org.za

·  Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Director and Senior Scholar, Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program (AMED) at San Francisco State University, ria55@sfsu.edu

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