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The Future of the Palestinian Question: 75 years after the Nakba

From October 06, 2023 until October 20, 2023See schedule.
UCM School of Philology (Moncloa Campus); UCM School of Political Science and Sociology (Somosaguas Campus) and Casa Árabe (evening round table and film screening). See schedule. Free entry after registering.
In Spanish and English.

On October 19 and 20, two days of analysis and debate will be held regarding the memory and history of the Palestinian question and Middle East reorganization in recent years. The sessions will be taking place at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Casa Árabe. Sign up now to attend.

The year 1948 saw the partition of the British Mandate of Palestine, the declaration of Israel’s independence and the Palestinian catastrophe (nakba), which broke up the territory and dispersed the native population. Seventy-five years later, the Palestinian question remains a cornerstone of events in the Middle East. Permanent occupation, militarization, long-term refugees, structural violence and institutionalized discrimination make up a complex reality. 

Over the course of a day and a half, with six round tables of presentations and debates, the international congress “The Future of the Palestinian Question. 75 years after the Nakba” will analyze different factors related with the memory and historical perspective of the Palestinian question, and the reconfiguration of the Middle East in recent years, with the participation of over 33 experts and scholars from universities in Spain, Israel, Mexico and the United Kingdom. 

The opening conference will be given by Avi Shlaim, professor emeritus of International Relations at Oxford University, with the title “Reflections of an Arab-Jew on the Israel-Palestine Conflict.”

The last session, devoted to “Palestinian Art, Literature and Culture,” will be taking place at Casa Árabe and will end with a screening of the film “The Crayons of Askalan” by Laila Hoteit. 

The conference is organized by the Complutense Research Group on the Maghreb and Middle East (GICMOM), with the cooperation of Casa Árabe, the Complutense Institute of International Studies (ICEI) and the Universidad Complutense de Madrid’s Schools of Philology and Political Science and Sociology, under the coordination of Ignacio Álvarez-Ossorio Alvariño, a co-director of GICMOM and professor of Arab and Islamic Studies at the UCM, and Isaías Barreñada, a co-director of GICMOM and professor of International Relations at the same university. 

Thursday, October 19, 2023
School of Philology (Moncloa Campus, UCM), Classroom 217
From 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, October 20, 2023
School of Political Science and Sociology (Somosaguas Campus, UCM), Third Floor Meeting Room
From 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Casa Árabe
From 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. 
Followed by film screening at 8:00 p.m.

Congress schedule
The Future of the Palestinian Question: 75 years after the Nakba

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