EUME Discussion
Fr 20 Mai 2016 | 15:00–16:30

Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Palestinian Identity in the Diaspora

Yasir Suleiman, Discussants: Refqa Abu-Remaileh, Daniel Boyarin, Hassan Jabareen

Forum Transregionale Studien, Wallotstr. 14, 14193 Berlin

Yasir Suleiman
(University of Cambridge/Doha Institute for Graduate Studies).

Refqa Abu-Remaileh (EUME Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung 2014-16)
Daniel Boyarin (University of California, Berkeley)
Hassan Jabareen (al-Adalah, Jerusalem / Fellow of the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin 2015-16)

The conversation will address questions of identity, belonging and diasporic consciousness. It will be based on the volume “Being Palestinian: Personal Reflections on Identity in the Diaspora” edited by Yasir Suleiman (Edinburgh University Press, 2016).

“How does it feel when you cannot find Palestine under P in the encyclopaedia your father brings home? Why cultivate fig and orange trees in the Arizona desert? What does it mean to know every inch of a village you have never seen, a village that no longer exists? In this groundbreaking volume, 102 Palestinians in North America and the United Kingdom reflect in their own words on what it means to be Palestinian in the diaspora. Men and women, young and old, Christians and Muslims, including well-known academics, poets, writers, faith leaders and singers, reveal their tangled ties to home and homeland, exploring how Palestine in the diaspora can be both lost and found, bereaved and celebrated, lived and longed-for. Touching, often troubling, but full of character and wit, the reflections in Being Palestinian offer a radically fresh look at the modern Palestinian experience in the West. And the time-honoured issues of identity, exile and diaspora give acute sense to these very personal reflections.”

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