Ethnographies of Palestinian Futures

01/09/2020

20-24 November 2019, Vancouver, Canada This year’s Insaniyyat-sponsored panel at the American Anthropological Association’s annual meeting in collaboeration with The Canadian Anthropological Society/La Société Canadienne d’Anthropologie, “Ethnographies of Palestinian Futures”, convened a group of seven Palestinian scholars from throughout historical Palestine and the diaspora. The meeting took place in Vancouver, B.C., on unceded Indigenous land…

2019 Biannual Meeting: “Thinking Without A State”

09/09/2019

During a three-day conference between 7-9 June 2019, we met in Talitha Komi, Beit Jala- Palestine, within the exuberance of a community coming into-existence despite our dismembered homeland and dispersed communities. On its first day, the conference featured keynote speaker, J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Professor of American Studies and affiliate faculty member at Wesleyan University whose…

Palestinian Sumoud: Limits and Possibilities

12/01/2018

14-18 November 2018, San Jose, California Insaniyyat members Randa Wahbe and Nayrouz Abu Hatoum organized a panel at the American Anthropological Association (AAA) Meeting in San Jose. The panel titled “Palestinian Sumoud: Limits and Pissibilities” was granted an Invited Status Awars by the (AAA). The panel explored the notion of “Palestinian sumoud” through different case…

Palestinian Ethnography at Home and in Diaspora

12/13/2017

Six members of Insaniyyat participated at the American Anthropology Association Conference of 2017 in Washington DC. Organized by Aseel Sawalha, the panel, tiled Palestinian Ethnography at Home and in Diaspora, covered key sites of Palestinian daily life in the region, demonstrating promising new pathways as they bring long running themes about daily life, city life,…

Insaniyyat Development Workshop: Jericho

01/07/2017

With funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation and logistical support from the Palestinian American Research Center, we conducted an organizational development workshop from January 5-7, 2017 in Jericho, Palestine. This workshop brought 25 anthropologists (including three international advisory board members) based in seven countries around the world to launch a country-less association of Palestinian anthropologists. This…

Birzeit Insaniyyat Symposium

04/09/2016

Despite walls and checkpoints, with colleagues from Palestinian universities we held our first symposium on April 9, 2016 at Birzeit University under the auspices of the Institute for Women Studies at Birzeit University. Fifteen anthropologists remaining in historic Palestine gathered for a day-long, two-part symposium. The first part was open to the public and consisted…

Haifa as a Beginning for Insaniyyat

06/25/2015

Insaniyyat began with a single email that one of us sent on June 25, 2015, inviting others to step outside our isolation and gather and talk anthropology in Arabic. That first meeting launched a series of ongoing monthly meetings, whereby we as a group of Palestinian anthropologists, students and faculty at Israeli universities, gather for…