Palestine in the International Imaginary, 1987-2017
24 February 2017
John Woolley Common Room, Level 4, John Woolley Building
The University of Sydney, Australia
Dr Isabelle Hesse, The Department of English, The University of Sydney
Dr Ben Etherington, The Writing and Society Research Centre, Western Sydney University
Dr Jumana Bayeh, Department of Modern Politics, History and International Relations, Macquarie University
Confirmed Keynote Speaker: Dr Anna Bernard, King’s College, London
The first Palestinian Intifada (1987-1993) consolidated a change in global perceptions of the validity of the Palestinian liberation struggle that emerged as part of the wider anti-colonial movement in the 1960s and 1970s and an increased international solidarity with the Palestinians. This significant shift also had an impact on transnational representations of Palestine in different areas, for example as part of third-world internationalism.
Palestine is now an important part of the international imaginary, not only as a recurring news item in the media but also as a point of reference in diverse cultural works and political discourses. This conference explores how the idea of Palestine has evolved within and across different national contexts and interrogates the reasons for engaging with Palestine, both as a real and as an imagined space, since 1987.
Bringing together scholars from different disciplines, including literature, media, history, cultural studies, and politics, this conference addresses the global significance of Palestine and the Palestinian cause in the contemporary period.