Palestine and the West: History, Contemporary Realities and Challenges Ahead

Twenty Seventeen is a significant year as it marks important anniversaries pertaining to the issue of Palestine. It is the 100 year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, 100 years of Australian involvement in Palestine, and 50 years of Israeli Occupation. The 1916 Sykes-Picot agreement set the scene by carving up the region into the modern Middle East, the 1956 Suez crisis highlighted the geo-political importance of the region, and collectively these significant events have influenced the destiny of Palestinians & the inhabitants of the region, shaped international and Australian involvement in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), and resulted in the establishment of the state of Israel.

Symposium 2017

When: 24th – 26th November 2017

Where: Napier Building

This three-day symposium seeks to examine Palestine and the West:

History, Contemporary Realities and Challenges Ahead.

The central theme will be the question of Palestine, its past, the present, and its future.

Historical interventions and their impact on Palestinians will set the scene of the theme of this symposium. Experts in the field will examine the impact of these interventions on contemporary realities within the Palestinian territories and among Palestinians, where ever they are found. The symposium will examine Palestine in context of the MENA from both micro and macro levels. One cannot ignore international or regional developments and their impact on Palestinians within the Palestinian territories, within Israel, those living in neighbouring countries, or the Diaspora. Nor can one overlook the impact of 50 years of Israeli occupation, or almost 70 years of Palestinian displacement.

The challenges ahead for Palestinians and the prospects of a just and peaceful resolution will be discussed, as will solutions to resolving this decade long conflict.

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Symposium Call For Abstracts information

Palestine and the West: History, Contemporary Realities & Challenges ahead Day One provides a platform for PG-ECRs to present their research with the scholars and experts addressing the Symposium.

The criterion for participation is showcasing research on Palestine and/or Palestinians.

Open to participants of all disciplines.


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