EUME Berliner Seminar
Mi 08 Jul 2020 | 17:00–18:30

“Columbus in Ha(y)ifa”—Destruction, Erasure, Re-placement and the Making of the Israeli Mixed City

Himmat Zoubi (EUME Fellow 2018-21), Chair: Diana Abbani (EUME Fellow 2018-20)

The 1948 Nakba and establishing the state of Israel did not mark neither the end of the erasure of Palestinian space, nor it marked the completion of the Zionist project. This talk will discuss spatial transformation in the city of Haifa during the first years following the Nakba. It will focus on the destruction of Haifa Al-Jadida (New Haifa) during the “Shikmona operation” and the erasure of street Arabic names in the city. It will argue that destruction, erasure and replacement were key elements in the making of the Israeli mixed cities.

Himmat Zoubi is a Palestinian researcher and feminist activist. She wrote her dissertation on “Control Surveillance Discipline and Everyday Resistance: The Case of Haifa during the Military Rule” in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben-Gurion University. She completed two Master's degrees, one in Criminology and another in Gender Studies. She published several book chapters and articles on gender, cities and settler colonialism, memory and oral history, indigenous knowledge and resistance, among them “The Ongoing Nakba: Urban Palestinian Survival in Haifa”, and “Economic Violence against Palestinian Women in the 1948 Era: Internally Displaced Women from the Saffouri Village”. She received several awards and grants for her research, among them the Palestinian American Research Center (PARC) fellowship, a scholarship for Outstanding Arab Doctoral Students by the Council for Higher Education and the Dean’s list award for academic excellence (2017-2018). She was a EUME Fellow during the academic year of 2018/2019 and continues to be with EUME in the academic year of 2019/2020.

In accordance with the measures against the spread of the coronavirus, this seminar session will be held virtually. Depending on approval by the speakers, the Berliner Seminar will be recorded. All audio recordings of the Berliner Seminar are available via the account of the Forum Transregionale Studien on Soundcloud.

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