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.

Insaniyyat third biennial conference: Call for papers

For the third Insaniyyat conference, we encourage submissions that engage with the wide range of conceptual possibilities that hope as an ethnographic category can open up. This includes papers that inter alia focus on: uncertainty, despair, futurity, nostalgia, imagination, pessoptimism, pessimism, cynicism, affect, ontologies and epistemologies. We seek papers that trace the social life of particular hopes or hope-related practices across Palestinian geographies and temporalities,. How might engaging dimensions of hope re-orient research praxis? How might engaging with hope and its linked concepts re-direct some of our epistemological premises? More generally, what does an awareness of these concepts and their valences bring into view?

Hallucinations | Palestine: Fieldnotes on Life in Pandemic Times

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...