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The Art of Politics – Encounters with Palestine



26th October 10.30am-5.30pm

Professor Stuart Hall Building room LG01

As we apprehend the nature of politics in the 21st Century, we are faced with questions about what it means to do politics? How might we develop new modes of thinking to counter the exercise of a haunting coloniality that has embedded its hold through a politics of the carceral and practices of denial and degradation? In what manner is it possible to engage with a situation of intensified overt and insidious forms of violence, in order to make a felt difference to the lives and futures of those whose historical belonging is refuted by the exercise of military power and the rhetoric employed to sustain and extend its reach? In this one-day seminar we embark on a project of experimenting with what might constitute an art of politics, a creative experimental endeavor of thinking with those whose futures remain intimately connected to our own in a global and globalizing world.

Symposium Programme

11.00   Welcome and Introduction. 

Professor Marsha Rosengarten and Dr Annie Pfingst CISP, Goldsmiths, University of London 

11.05 – 12.30 ‘The aesthetic of violence and the Israeli necropenological regime’

Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Chair in Global Law, Queen Mary University, London

12.30 Lunch

1.30 – 2.45      ‘Law, the State and the Question of Palestine’ 

Salma Karmi-Ayyoub British-Palestinian Barrister

3.00 – 4.15      ‘An ethics of critical activism’

Dr Fiona Wright, Social Anthropology, University of Cambridge

Book Launch

4.30 – 5.30      ‘Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding’ by Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (Cambridge University Press 2019)

Discussants:  Professor Penny Green, Law, Queen Mary University, London and Professor Nur Masalha, SOAS, University of London


‘On Palestine in conversation with Mathare’ photographs by Annie Pfingst

This event is free. Please register here:

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