NDPS 2020 Call for Papers: Who Owns Palestine?

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Call for Papers
November 4, 2019
Rhode Island, United States
Subject Fields: 
Anthropology, Geography, Middle East History / Studies, Social History / Studies, Sociology

We are pleased to share with you this public call for papers for the seventh annual workshop of New Directions in Palestinian Studies (NDPS) to be held at Brown University on March 6–7, 2020. The theme title “Who Owns Palestine?addresses a wide range of issues ranging from the political economy of land and other forms of property to competing notions of territorial rights and contestations over historical narratives (read the full concept paper here).

The 2020 NDPS workshop calls for papers that creatively engage with questions about ownership. The workshop format facilitates intellectual exchange via pre-circulated papers, brief presentations, and extended discussions in panels over a two-day period. Invited senior and mid-career scholars usually chair panels and/or participate in discussions, while most presentation slots are reserved for younger scholars.

As with all NDPS workshops, proposals that put Palestinians at the center of the analysis are encouraged. We seek explorations of Palestinian experiences of different historical periods and locations—past and present, urban and rural, throughout historic Palestine and outside it—from the perspectives of various academic disciplines, as well as practitioners such as lawyers, urban planners, and artists.


If you are interested in presenting an original unpublished paper, please submit a proposal of approximately 500 words along with a brief CV via this link by November 4, 2019. We would also appreciate your help in circulating this call widely to any interested networks, departments, and individuals.



Beshara Doumani

Professor of History



Paul Kohlbry

Research Associate in Palestinian Studies