Comparative Settler Colonialisms: A Workshop

Thursday, April 9, 2015  9:00am - 5:00pm Sulzberger Tower, North Tower Room (Barnard College)


Center for Palestine Studies

Heyman Center for the Humanities

This all-day workshop will consist of three papers, each of which will take up the question of settler colonialism and/or indigeneity from a different regional perspective:  Palestine, North America, and the Pacific Islands.

The papers will be presented by Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (The Hebrew University), Dean Saranillo (New York University) and Mark Rifkin (UNC-Greensboro), and will be workshoped by Robert Nichols (University of Minnesota), Lori Allen (SOAS), Alyosha Goldstein (University of New Mexico), and Octavious Mote (Yale).

In broad strokes, the workshop will pose the following questions: In what specific ways do historical, ideological or temporal distinctions matter to how we think settler-colonialisms comparatively? How does “indigeneity” emerge as a recent framework of analysis and operate within Palestine, and how well does the concept travel across different historical and geographical domains? What does this new appropriation and operation of “indigeneity” do to those individuals and causes who have deployed the concept in national and international fora for longer periods and within different historical trajectories?

In addition to providing in-depth and substantive discussion of the presented papers, the workshop seeks to serve as the beginning of a long-term intellectual project that will promote dialogues on settler colonialisms across both geographical divides and theoretical and political gulfs.

The workshop is by invitation only. Please RSVP to [email protected].


  • Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

    Lecturer, Faculty of Social Work

    The Hebrew University in Jerusalem

  • Dean Itsuji Saranillio

    Assistant Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

    New York University

  • Mark Rifkin

    Professor. US Ethnic Literature

    University of North Carolina - Greensboro

  • Robert Nichols

    Faculty Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy

    Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

  • Lori Allen

    Lecturer, Anthropology

    SOAS, University of London

  • Alyosha Goldstein

    Associate Professor of American Studies

    The University of New Mexico


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