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Race and Catastrophe: Lessons from Palestine

General Programming

dateApril 13, 2023 timeThursday, 6:30pm–8:00pm EDT location The Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room, Columbia University
  • The Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life
  • Center for Palestine Studies
email address [email protected]
  • Free and open to the public
  • Registration required. See details.
Color headshot of Sherene Seikaly

What can Palestine teach us about the global history of race, capital, slavery, and dispossession? What is the relationship between land and colonialism? Moving beyond paradigms of exceptionalism and the confines of the nation-state reveals Palestine as a key site to explore these questions. Tracing the struggle on and over land, this talk reflects on Palestine’s lessons in and with the movement for global racial justice.


Sherene Seikaly is an associate professor of History at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2016) explores economy, territory, the home, and the body. Her forthcoming book, From Baltimore to Beirut: On the Question of Palestine tells a global history of capital, slavery, and dispossession. She is co-editor of Journal of Palestine Studies and Jadaliyya.

Introduction by Nadia Abu El-Haj, the Ann Whitney Olin Professor in the Departments of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University and Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies.