June 2017 will mark fifty years of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem. The anniversary makes all too evident what activists and scholars have long noted: the Israeli military occupation is not temporary. It is a defining structure of the Israeli and Palestinian political landscape.
Initiated by the Centers for Middle East Studies at UC Berkeley, UCLA, and UC Santa Barbara, separate panel discussions on all three campuses on Friday, April 28, 2017 form the core of the conference.
UC Berkeley’s panel of experts will reflect on how horizons of the future were differently produced across various disciplines after 1967. The Berkeley event will close with a keynote address by human rights attorney, activist, and academic Noura Erakat, “Taking the Land without the People: International Law and the 1967 War.”
UCSB’s panel will consider how legality, legitimacy, and history have intersected over the last half century. It will be accompanied by an exhibition from the Palestine Poster Project Archive.
UCLA’s panel focuses on the cultural production of nostalgia and memory. Our panelists will be Hosam Aboul-Ela (University of Houston), Elliott Colla (Georgetown University), and Nadia Yaqub (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). Videos of the panels will be made available on the conference website and the site of UCLA’s Center for Near Eastern Studies.