Palestine and the Culture of Denial
A series on courageous writing and public commentary amid settler colonialism
Despite well-documented evidence of racism and human rights abuse, Israel has long been embraced by many as a manifestation of progressive liberal values. Key to this miraculous act of political alchemy is a very specific form of denial of Palestine.
How can a violent project of dispossession and discrimination be imagined, felt, and profoundly believed in as though it were the exact opposite–as an embodiment of sustainability, multicultural tolerance, and democratic idealism? Despite well-documented evidence of racism and human rights abuse, Israel has long been embraced by many as a manifestation of progressive values. Key to this miraculous act of political alchemy is a very specific form of denial.
Join Saree Makdisi and Jordy Silverstein as we unearth the underside of the liberal settler imagination.
This discussion is part of a series on Palestine, anticolonial solidarity and public critique at the Institute of Postcolonial Studies in collaboration with the Australia Palestine Advocacy Network and Free Palestine Melbourne.
- Wednesday 8 march, 6.00 pm, Saree Makdisi & Jordy Silverstein: Palestine & the Culture of Denial
- Saturday 11 March, 5.30 pm, Ramzy Baroud, Jeanine Leane &Tasnim Sammak: 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. We will also livestream via Zoom – please register to join us in person at IPCS or online.
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Date: 8 March 2023
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Location: Ashis Nandy Room, IPCS