Photography: © Nadeem Karkabi
We are pleased to invite interested university students of media and social sciences and humanities and Palestinian young filmmakers to participate in Insaniyyat’s first ethnographic film workshop held in partnership with Filmlab Palestine and supported by Rosa Luxemburg Stifting in the period 7 October -25 November 2021. The workshop will be held online, in Arabic, and free of charge to allow Palestinian participants from various localities in historical Palestine and refugee & Diaspora communities to acquire basic knowledge about ethnographic film-making, its history and methods, with a particular focus on ethnographic film production in the Arab world and in Palestine. For more information, read the detailed call for participation in Arabic here.
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.
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.
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?