Learning and Unlearning Palestine Part 1: Who Can Speak on Palestine?


Who Can Speak on Palestine? 

The first episode in a new series, Learning and Unlearning Palestine, hosted jointly by Al Shabaka and FMEP.

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

January 30th, 2023

This conversation examines the history and current reality of the erasure of the Palestinian narrative, the delegitimization of Palestinian voices in mainstream spaces, and possibilities for change. See below for a list of resources discussed in the webinar.

Listen to this conversation as a podcast here.

See this page for links to the additional webinars in the series.


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.

Resources discussed in the webinar: 

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Resources from Dr. Maha Nassar: 

From Nour Joudah: Palestine as Praxis: Scholarship for Freedom: https://www.palestine-studies.org/en/node/1652231 (co-authored with Randa M. Wahbe, Tareq Radi, Dina Omar)

For more on Dr. Matar, including a list of her publications: 

For resources on accusations of antisemitism and the IHRA, see: 

Additional resources: