During the height of the 1960s and 1970s anti-colonial movement, the Palestinian struggle was central to a broader struggle to overturn colonialism as a legitimate form of governance. Nearly every formerly colonized peoples have since achieved their national independence.
This talk seeks to explore how we can understand the Palestinian struggle for freedom in this post-nationalist moment by drawing on other freedom struggles and analytical frameworks. It claims that though Palestinians have failed to establish a state, they now have the potential to pave alternative futures for themselves and the world in which freedom is realized in excess of sovereignty.
This event was held at the University of Sydney on Monday 16 July 2018.
Noura Erakat is a human rights attorney and an Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She is the author of Justice for Some: Law As Politics in the Question of Palestine (forthcoming Stanford University Press, 2019). Her research interests include human rights law, humanitarian law, refugee law, national security law, social justice, critical race theory, and the Palestinian-Israel conflict.
Image (at top): Palestinian protesters confront Israeli occupation forces along the boundary with Israel in the central Gaza Strip on 11 May. (Mahmoud Khattab: APA images)
Thursday 19 July
Our new series of events explores the importance of disagreeing well. In the first forum in the series, an expert panel will discuss the rise of the cultural backlash in public life and the challenges that ensue.
Monday 6 August
Hear about the role of nomads in protecting Tibet's environment, and the importance of traditional knowledge and practices in responding to climate change.
Tuesday 7 August
Join us for the launch of the special issue of the magazine Transition on "Bla(c)kness in Australia", bringing together the voices and artwork of diverse Bla(c)k writers, artists, poets, and scholars in Australia.