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Between Books and Rifles: Palestinian School Girls Talk Back

Lecture: Li Ka Shing sponsored | January 17 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall


Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Department of Gender and Women's Studies, Center for Race and Gender


Part of the Feminist Studies and Decolonial Epistemologies Lecture Series

Based on three interrelated theoretical frameworks—institutional racism, settler colonialism and security and biblical reasoning- what Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian defines as security theology- the presentation will examine the invasion of the girl child body and space in Occupied East Jerusalem (OEJ). Through analyses of participatory observations, interviews with children, families, and teachers, Shalhoub-Kevorkian argues that the embodied violence inflicted on Palestinian school-girls is about settler’s multiple systems of domination and un-ending eliminatory dispossession, what she defines as mundane sexualized racial dismemberment.

Short Bio:
Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a Palestinian feminist activist and the former director of the Gender Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa. As a resident of the old city of Jerusalem, Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a prominent local activist. She engages in direct actions and critical dialogue to end the inscription of power over Palestinian children’s lives, spaces of death, and women’s birthing bodies and lives.

Funding provided by: The Chau Hoi Shuen Foundation Fund for Gender & Women's Studies


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