Learning & Unlearning Palestine Part 1: Who can speak on Palestine?

Jan 30 2023



The Foundation for Middle East Peace & Al Shabaka invite you to the first episode in our four-part series, Learning and Unlearning Palestine.

Who Can Speak on Palestine? 

Monday, January 30th, 2023

12pm Eastern

featuring Nour Joudah (UC Berkeley), Dina Matar (SOAS, University of London), in conversation with Maha Nassar (University of Arizona)


This conversation will examine the history and current reality of the erasure of the Palestinian narrative, the delegitimization of Palestinian voices in mainstream spaces, and possibilities for change.


Nour Joudah completed her PhD in Geography at UCLA. She is currently the UC Presidential Postdoctoral fellow at UC-Berkeley. Nour’s work examines mapping practices and indigenous survival and futures in settler states, highlighting how indigenous countermapping is a both cartographic and decolonial praxis.

Dina Matar is Professor of Political Communication at SOAS, University of London, where she is also chair of the Centre for Palestine Studies. Her teaching and research are informed by a non-Western centric approach to addressing communication and politics, with a particular focus on the marginal and the periphery. She is the author of What it Means to be Palestinian (2010), and co-author of The Hizbullah Phenomenon: Politics and Communication (2014). She is co-editor of Narrating Conflict in the Middle East (2013) and Gaza as Metaphor (2016) and is currently co-editing a volume titled Producing Palestine with Helga Tawil-Souri.

Maha Nassar is an associate professor in the School of Middle Eastern and North African Studies at the University of Arizona, where she specializes in the cultural and intellectual history of the modern Arab world. Her award-winning book, Brothers Apart: Palestinian Citizens of Israel and the Arab World (Stanford University Press, 2017), examines how Palestinian intellectuals connected to global decolonization movements during the mid-twentieth century. She is working on her next book, a global history of Palestine’s people.


for the second episode in this series: Limited Paradigms, on February 8th, with Dr. Muhannad Ayyash, Dr. Lana Tatour, and Dr. Yara Hawari.