What is Insaniyyat?

Insaniyyat is a society of Palestinian anthropologists devoted to promoting anthropological inquiry among Palestinians and about Palestine and the rest of the world. It advocates the development of anthropological knowledge in diverse subfields and related ethnographic research, while always attuned to social and political justice. It aims to promote anthropological scholarship to various audiences in Palestine and beyond.

Palestine: Fieldnotes on life in Pandemic Times

Insaniyyat, the Society of Palestinian Anthropologists, is delighted to launch the series, Palestine: Fieldnotes on Life in Pandemic Times, with an essay by Netherlands-based artist and cultural historian Sary Zananiri, “A City of Commerce in a Time of Plague,” which chronicles the author’s walks through the Old City of Jerusalem, shifting between historical insights, childhood memories, contemporary ethnographic observations and hauntingly beautiful photography.

“Fieldnotes on Life in Pandemic Times” was created to highlight a Palestinian prism through which to view a global understanding of the contemporary social and political moment through the everyday experiences of COVID in Palestine and the Palestinian diaspora.

HRAF Global Scholars Program

HRAF is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the HRAF Global Scholars Program. This program provides scholars around the world with one year of complimentary access to eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology. The application deadline is November 15, 2020. Awardees will be notified in December 2020, and access to the eHRAF databases will be granted for the 2021 calendar year. Successful applicants will receive one year of free access to both of our databases, eHRAF World Cultures and eHRAF Archaeology, for the 2021 calendar year.

Graduate Student Mentoring Opportunity

We encourage you to participate in this mentorship opportunity organized by the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association. We have spoken with MES leaders, and they are eager to welcome Insaniyyat members whether or not we are also MES members. You can sign up to be a mentor or a mentee.  This is a good opportunity for general professional mentorship and creating a community of MES scholars as well as a chance to talk about social justice initiatives. Meetings will take place in late October. We hope you will join in!

Public Statement: In Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

June 21, 2020

“I can’t breathe,” said George Floyd as he was murdered. We lost him, but we did not lose the truth that lives in his telling words. Just as with innumerable martyrs before him in the enduring struggle for justice, George’s words bear witness. They bear witness to the struggle for Black lives to be fully respected, always and everywhere.

We in Insaniyyat, a society of Palestinian anthropologists, affirm George’s testimony...