Events and activities

The Political Abuse of Rights


Dr. Puar spoke about her book Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times, in which she discussed the emergence of what she termed homonationalism--the co-production of gay and lesbian rights, consumer entitlements, circuits of mobility, and livable lives with the simultaneous delimitation of the mobility and rights of racialized bodies, in particular those bodies racialized as "terrorist." For instance, after 11/9 there appeared an anti-Muslim sentiment where anxiety about terrorist bodies was apparent. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - 10

“Ye Shall Bowl on Grass”


Mr. Gangat shed light on the book which is a series of 30 stories each of which has something to say about what happened in South Africa. He also spoke of his experience as a diplomat.

Sunday, March 27, 2011 - 12

Reconciling “Integration” and the Right of Return. Rethinking Palestinian Refugeehood


The research project investigates Palestinian refugees’ imaginaries, practices and attitudes towards the right of return in Lebanon, Jordan and the West Bank. The research departs from classic scholarly approaches to the concept of “return” to show how refugees in their everyday practices and lived experiences strategies reconcile “integration” in the host country with return. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 - 12

The Cessation Clause under the 1951 Refugee Convention: The Uganda Style, by Barbara Harrell-Bond. Empathy for Palestinians with Egyptian Travel Documents?, by Oroub El-Abed.


Prof. Harrell explained the two ways in which refugee status under the 1951 Refugee Convention can be ended. The first is in a refugee re-avails him or herself of the protection of his country of origin; the second is when refugees of a particular nationality are deemed no longer in need of international protection because of the 'ceased circumstances’ in their country of origin.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011 - 12

The Exodus of Iraqi Jews 1950-1952


The Forced Migration and Refugee Unit at IALIIS hosted Dr. Abbas Shiblak, an expert on the refugee issue, for a roundtable discussion on 'The Exodus of Iraqi Jews 1950-1952’. The roundtable discussion was chaired by Dr. Majid Shihade and was attended  by faculty members and M.A students of International Studies at Birzeit University .  

Shiblak presented the Iraqi Jewish community, their movement to and from Iraq, and their contribution to the formation of modern Iraq as well as the Iraqi’s Jewish community early encounters with the Zionist movement.

Thursday, January 13, 2011 - 12

Arab Expatriates in the US, Assimilation and Integration


IALIIS hosted Professor Naseer Aruri for a roundtable discussion on 'The United States of America and the Vital Political Center: The Role of Intellectuals in the affairs of the Arab Communities’ The roundtable discussion was chaired by Professor Roger Heacock.

Dr. Aruri stressed that the argument of non-assimilation of the various American ethnicities is feeble and ill-founded as the reality of the American society proves to be cohesive and coherent within the framework of the vital political center.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 11

Israel’s Deportation Policy

IALIIS hosted Dr. Cordula Droege, a legal adviser in the legal division of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC); Mr. Shawan Jabarin from Al-Haq's General Director; and Dr. Yaser Ammouri from the Faculty of Law and Public Administration at Birzeit University, for a roundtable discussion on Israel’s policy of deporting Palestinian nationals and particularly the recent deportation orders against members of Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) from East Jerusalem.

Monday, September 20, 2010 - 11