Co-Sponsored Events for Spring 2012

Khaled Furani

January 25, 2012, 12 pm
The Hampton Room in the Malott Commons, Scripps College

Khaled Furani

Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Tel-Aviv University

“The Ethnographic Arriving of Palestine”

This talk identifies four different modes of ethnographic engagement with Palestine since the nineteenth century: biblical, Oriental, absent, and post-structural. Focusing on the epistemic and political dynamics in which the recent admissibility of Palestine as a legitimate ethnographic subject is embedded, two conditions are highlighted. One is the demystification of states and hegemonic groups that control them, and the concomitant legitimacy of groups with counter claims. The other is the “crisis in representation” in the social sciences and the humanities. Combined with the rupture in Israel’s sanctity in the West since the 1980s, these developments were conducive to Palestine’s admission.  Palestine is considered as a problem space that could reinvigorate the critical abilities of post-colonial language and the anthropology that it engenders.

Dr. Khaled Furani is an assistant professor of anthropology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel-Aviv University. His research interests include social theory, modernity, language and literature, secularism, and Palestine. His articles have appeared in American Ethnologist, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and the Annual Review of Anthropology, among others. Dr. Furani's book, Silencing the Sea: Secular Rhythms in Palestinian Poetry, is forthcoming from Stanford University Press (2012).

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Scripps College Department of Anthropology at

Co-sponsored by The Munroe Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer College, The Arabic Program at Claremont McKenna College, The Department of Anthropology, Pomona College   


Thursday, February 9
7:00-8:30 p.m.
George C.S. Benson Auditorium
Avery Hall

Pitzer College

"Engaging Controversies: Scholars of the Middle East & the Media"

Rochelle Davis, Bassam Haddad, Chris Toensing

a panel with Rochelle Davis, Bassam Haddad & Chris Toensing
moderated by Lara Deeb

Rochelle Davis is assistant professor of anthropology at the Center of Contemporary Arab Studies in Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Bassam Haddad is Director of the Middle East Studies Program and teaches in the Department of Public and International Affairs at George Mason University, and is Visiting Professor at Georgetown University.

Chris Toensing is executive director of the Middle East Research and Information Project and editor of Middle East Report.

Funding provided by a BLAIS Foundation Challenge Award, Claremont Graduate University, the Scripps College Department of Anthropology, and the Munroe Center for Social Inquiry at Pitzer College.