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A series on public critique amid settler colonialism

On Courageous Writing

Public commentary in Palestine and so called Australia

What responsibility do we have to centre courageous critique? What are the unacknowledged limits imposed by liberal and settler institutions on public-facing writing and speech? 

Join writer and editor Ramzy Baroud, poet and critic Jeanine Leane, poet and editor Evelyn Araluen, and scholar-activist Tasnim Sammak, as they discuss the vital role of public-facing writing and speech and the liberal forms of settler silencing.

This discussion is part of a series on Palestine, anticolonial solidarity and public critique amid settler colonialism at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies in collaboration with the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) and Free Palestine Melbourne. 

  • Wednesday 8 march, 7.00 pm, Saree Makdisi: Palestine & the Culture of Denial
  • Saturday 11 March, 5.30 pm, Ramzy Baroud: On Courageous Writing for Palestine
  • Saturday 11 March, Writing Against Workshop (by invitation)


The event will take place in the Ashis Nandy Room at IPCS, though we will also livestream via Zoom – please register to join us in person or online.

The Institute of Postcolonial Studies

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IPCS is easily reached by tram 57 from the CBD or a short walk from North Melbourne train station or the University of Melbourne’s Parkville campus. There is no parking onsite, though some parking is available on Curzon St and streets close by. If you have any questions about the event or accessibility, please contact us.


The panel event is held in collaboration with the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network and Free Palestine Melbourne.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri owners and custodians of the Eastern Kulin nation. IPCS stands in solidarity with Indigenous struggles for social justice and decolonisation in so called Australia and globally.

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Date: 11 March 2023
Time: 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Location: Ashis Nandy Room, IPCS

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Ramzy Baroud

is a syndicated columnist, the author of six books and the editor of The Palestine Chronicle. Baroud has a PhD in Palestine Studies from the University of Exeter. His books include My Father was a Freedom Fighter and The Last Earth. His latest book, co-edited with Professor Ilan Pappé is Our Vision for Liberation: Engaged Palestinian Leaders and Intellectuals Speak Out. Baroud is currently a non-resident Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Islam and Global Affairs (CIGA), Istanbul, Turkey.

Jeanine Leane

is a Wiradjuri writer, poet and academic from southwest New South Wales. Her poetry, short stories, critique, and essays have been published in Hecate: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Women’s Liberation Australian Poetry Journal, Antipodes, Overland and the Sydney Review of Books. Jeanine has published widely in the area of Aboriginal literature, writing otherness and creative non-fiction.  Jeanine was the recipient of the University of Canberra Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Poetry Prize, and she has won the Oodgeroo Noonucal Prize for Poetry twice (2017 & 2019. She was the 2019 recipient of the Red Room Poetry Fellowship for her project called Voicing the Unsettled Space: Rewriting the Colonial Mythscape. Jeanine teaches Creative Writing and Aboriginal Literature at the University of Melbourne. She is the recipient of an Australian Research Council (ARC) Fellowship for a project called ‘Aboriginal Writing: Shaping the literary and cultural history of Australia, since 1988’ (2014-2018); and a second ARC grant that looks at Indigenous Storytelling and the Archive 2020-2024). In 2020 Jeanine edited Guwayu – for all times – a collection of First Nations Poetry commissioned by Red Room Poetry and published by Magabala Books.  In 2021 she was the recipient of the School of Literature Art and Media (SLAM) Poetry Prize University of Sydney.

Evelyn Araluen

is a poet, educator, and co-editor of Overland. Her Stella Prize winning book DROPBEAR was published by UQP in 2021. Her published criticism, fiction and poetry has been awarded the Nakata Brophy Prize for Young Indigenous Writers, the Judith Wright Poetry Prize, a Wheeler Centre Next Chapter Fellowship, and a Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund grant. Born and raised on Dharug country, she is a descendant of the Bundjalung Nation.

Tasnim Mahmoud Sammak

is a PhD candidate at Monash University, faculty of Education and Palestinian organiser. Her research project explores the emergence of radical political subjectivities and imaginaries. Tasnim’s grandparents were exiled from Yaffa during the Nakba in 1948 to a refugee camp in Gaza, where they, including her father, were again displaced to Al-Hussein refugee camp in Amman after the annexations of 1967, when her mother and her family were also exiled from Ya’bad, Jenin in the West Bank.