Lecture | March 9 | 6:30-9 p.m. | Stephens Hall, Ethnic Studies Library, 30 Stephens Hall
Dr. Hatem Bazian
Eastwind Books of Berkeley, The Ethnic Studies Library at UC Berkeley, and The Center for Race and Gender at UC Berkeley present
Palestine...it is something colonial
Dr. Hatem Bazian Book Launch Discussion
March 9, 2017
6:30pm - 9pm
Ethnic Studies Library
30 Stephens Hall
Professor Hatem Bazian (UC Berkeley) provides a decolonial analysis of the most pressing struggle in the world in an extensive study of the occupation of Palestine.
The books subtitle is taken directly from the letter of Theoder Herzl, the founder of modern political Zionism, to Great Britains Minister of Colonies Cecil Rhodes, that sought support for the Zionist settler colonial project in Palestine.
In 1902, Herzl wrote to Rhodes stating: You are being invited to help make history. It doesnt involve Africa, but a piece of Asia Minor; not Englishmen but Jews How, then, do I happen to turn to you since this is an out-of-the-way matter for you? How indeed? Because it is something colonial.
Palestine is the last settler colonial project to be commissioned in the late 19th early 20th centuries and still unfolding as we enter into the 21st Century with no end in sight.
In centering Palestines modern history around settler-colonial discourses, Hatem Bazian offers a theoretical basis for understanding Palestine while avoiding the pitfalls of the internationally supported peace process that, on the one hand, affirms settler-colonial rights and, on the other hand, problematizes the colonialized and dispenses with the ramifications of the colonial project.