Call for Research Proposals: IPS Annual Conference on the ‘Palestinian City’

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Call for Research Proposals: IPS Annual Conference on the ‘Palestinian City’

The development of the ‘Palestinian city’ has been influenced during the last 100 years by the successive political events in the region. While the development and flourishing of the city goes back to the late Ottoman era, the hindering of this process started during the British Mandate, and further deteriorated as a result of the Nakba in 1948 and the subsequent uprooting of more than 60% of the Palestinian people, and the disintegration of their society. Despite the continuous and systematic Judaization and ghettoization of Palestinian cities in the 1948 occupied territories and the 1967 occupied West Bank and Gaza, the continuous political struggle and cultural and social movement of Palestinians formed agents of resistance, reconstruction and a challenge to the Israeli tools of erasure.

In this context, IPS is proposing the theme of the ‘Palestinian City’ for its annual conference, planned for the second half of November 2019. The Institute aims to study the ‘Palestinian City’ in light of its relationship with the temporal and political themes mentioned above. The institute welcomes new studies in all relevant research fields, especially those focusing on the history of the city, and its role as an incubator for culture and regulator for social, political and economic life.

IPS invites researchers and interested individuals to submit proposals for research papers at the conference on the following topics:

  • The transformation of the ‘Palestinian city’ during the last 100 years (an overview).
  • The status of the city of Jerusalem.
  • ‘The Palestinian city’ in al-Nakba and its aftermath.
  • The Palestinian city and demography.
  • The city’s relationship to its rural hinterland and its refugee camps.
  • Palestinian cities: Mechanisms of Israeli control, ghettoization, and the struggle over space, identity and sovereignty.
  • Class division and transformation of the city.
  • Internal and external migrations.
  • The city as an incubator for culture in its various forms.
  • The image of the city in Palestinian culture.
  • The city and dialectics of social centre – margin.
  • The city and Palestinian future: Critical and future outlook.


Proposals (of 300 – 500 words) should be sent by May 30, 2019 to the following e-mail address:
[email protected]

The Institute will review the proposals and contact the selected applicants. Final versions of the paper must be submitted by August 17, 2019.