2023/ 2024

Hashem Abushama

Articulations: Settler Colonialism, Dispossession and Arts

Previous Fellowships: 2022/ 2023

Hashem Abushama is a Departmental Lecturer in Human Geography and Career Development Fellow at the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment, where he is also completing his DPhil in Human Geography. He holds an MSc in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies from Oxford University and a BA from Earlham College in the United States. He has previously worked as a researcher at the London of School of Economics (LSE) and at the Institute for Palestine Studies in Ramallah and Washington, D.C. His writings have appeared in Jadaliyya, Palestine Square, Refuge Journal, the Jerusalem Quarterly and the Oxford Journal of Refugee Studies. In the summers of 2023-25, he is a EUME Fellow at the Forum Transregionale Studien. 

Articulations: Settler Colonialism, Dispossession and Arts 

Hashem Abushama is generally interested in questions pertaining to modernity, dispossession and arts. His most recent research explores the relationship between cultural production, urban expansion/renewal, settler colonialism, and late capitalism in the post-Oslo historical conjuncture in historic Palestine. Using in-depth interviews with Palestinian artists, archival materials, and audio-visual materials, the project traces the journeys of Palestinian artists as they navigate the complex terrains shaping the urban fabrics of two cities: Haifa in the north of historic Palestine (today’s Israel) and Ramallah in central West Bank. The project contributes to urban studies and cultural studies. In a second project Abushama examines the relationship between the Dada-Zurich arts movement and colonial circuits of stolen artworks in the early decades of the twentieth century.