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. It opened with Insaniyyat recognizing Rosemary Sayigh’s life-long, tireless work in support of Palestine and Palestinian anthropology. Stef Jansen on…

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Hallucinations

By Arpan Roy  I arrived in Madrid after a year and a half of fieldwork in Palestine just in time for quarantine. Not much in Elias’s apartment indicated that I had ever left Palestine. His library, a relic of his days as a PhD student in economics, must be one of the most extensive in…

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Displacement and Solidarity: Lessons from Palestine to California

  By Gabi Kirk When shelter-in-place began in northern California in early March, I immediately did two things. First, I canceled my flight to Tel Aviv, originally scheduled for the end of March, for my year of dissertation fieldwork. Second, I signed up for ten weeks of Arabic practice over Skype. Omar,[1] a software engineer…

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