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.

A Call to Action: Speak Out Against Israel’s Further Destruction of Palestinian Academic Freedom

14 May 2022

We members of Insaniyyat, the Society of Palestinian Anthropologists, call on you to join us in voicing your opposition to Israel’s most recent attempt to undermine Palestinians’ fundamental right to education, including the basic academic freedom and autonomy of our universities.

Insaniyyat Talks: Spring 2022

This series of meetings will be delivered in a format of seminar talks that will include a lecture and a discussion afterwards. We aim to bring together Insaniyyat members and other anthropologists into a conversation about recent ethnographic research in/on Palestine, and beyond. Lectures will be delivered in either English or Arabic, according to the preference of each speaker. All meetings will be conducted online to allow broad participation. Interested friends from other disciplines are also welcome to join.

Insaniyyat's Third Biennial Conference: “Pessoptimism: Anthropologies of Palestinian Hope and Uncertainty”

In cold January in Beit-Jala, Insaniyyat held a heartwarming third biennial conference titled, “Pessoptimism: Anthropologies of Palestinian Hope and Uncertainty.” The conference brought 80 participants (physical and virtual) from some 30 locations around the world.

Visual Anthropology and Ethnographic Film Workshop

During the months of October and November 2021, a group of young Palestinian filmmakers and students of cinema and social sciences had a chance to engage in a collaborative course online about visual anthropology. Along nine weekly sessions of 3:00 to 3:30 hours each, the participants learned about the tools and methods of visual ethnography and how to think about the stories and experiences they aim to capture in their coming films, photos and documentaries.

Souq Stories Exhibition | 24.06.2021

We are excited to announce the launch of Souq Stories, a multi-sited youth led photography exhibit on daily life in seven historic Palestinian markets. Please follow along on Instagram or join us in person on June 24th in Acre, Gaza, Jerusalem, Hebron, Nazareth or Nablus. Read more here. Follow Souq Stories Facebook page and watch an interview on the project here

In Commemoration of Nakba Day

20 May 2021

The year 2008 marked the first wave of ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from the neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem (al-Quds), when Israeli settler organizations, backed by the Israeli state’s “legal system” and security forces, violently evicted 60 Palestinians from their homes. That year commemorated 60 years of the Nakba, the original ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland. Now 73 years old, the Nakba is very much ongoing.

Hallucinations | Palestine:Fieldnotes on Life in Pandemic Times

March 15, 2021
We are delighted to share with you the third essay of our series Palestine: Fieldnotes on Life in Pandemic Times, Hallucinations by Arpan Roy, Ph.D. candidate in Anthropology a John Hopkins University.

Insaniyyat Featured in American Anthropologist

November 28, 2020
Read our feature article for "World Anthropologies" written by Khaled Furani. The article is published in the upcoming issue of American Anthropologist.

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 affirm George’s testimony...