Launch of Kashmir-Palestine Scholars Solidarity Network

The Kenyon Institute (32 Mt of Olives Road, Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem)
24 October 2022

Launch of Kashmir-Palestine Scholars Solidarity Network 

Palestine and Kashmir are two of the most longstanding unresolved geopolitical puzzles resulting from the end of the British Empire. They share an unenviable list of commonalities in their historical conditions: from the legacies and vestiges of British colonial partition, to the large refugee populations and extensive diasporas they produced. Their struggles for national self-determination are also repeatedly shaped by the prominent influence of regional actors. More recent history has witnessed even more linkages emerging as a product of the post-Cold war detente between India and Israel; their military, political and economic cooperation; ideological affinities between Hindutva and Zionism; aspirations to act as regional hegemons, and; influence from global institutions.  

Despite the many commonalities between Kashmir and Palestine and the prolonged durations of their conditions, opportunities for dialogue, networking and knowledge exchange between scholars have been limited. This initiative aims to fill this gap by exploring possibilities for networking and cross-fertilisation between scholars working on Palestine and Kashmir respectively.  

This network was initially conceived out of a British Academy Knowledge Frontiers Seed Grant awarded to scholars at the Council for British Research in the Levant (Dr Toufic Haddad) and the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) (Dr Emma Brännlund) in early 2020. 

After encountering significant delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the initiative finally seeks to publicly launch, creating a space where scholarly conversations on Kashmir and Palestine can take place. 

Join us for a keynote lecture on “Scholar-activist Solidarity: Building Alliances” by Dr Goldie Osuri, author and editor of multiple articles and special journal editions that have addressed Kashmir and Palestine in tandem. She will be speaking in-house at CBRL’s Jerusalem Kenyon Institute, while her remarks together with those of the initiative organizers, will be broadcast live via Zoom. 

Time: 6-7.30pm

If you are interested in attending in person, please send an email with your name, interest, and subject “Kashmir-Palestine event” to: [email protected] 

We will do our best to accommodate all requests however please understand that in-house seating is extremely limited. 

A light reception will follow the lecture. 

To sign up for the webinar, register here 

About the speaker

Goldie Osuri is Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK.  Her current research addresses the relationship between sovereignty (political authority), colonialism and occupation in (post) colonial contexts. She has recently published some of this work in Third World Quarterly, Third World Thematics, and Identities: Global Studies in Culture and Power. She is author of Religious Freedom in India: Sovereignty and (Anti) Conversion, Routledge, 2013.  

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