“Knowledge Production as a Subversive Practice: Some Reflections on the Writing of Middle East History"

Fri, May 3, 2019, 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
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Beshara Doumani is the Joukowsky Family Distinguished Professor of Modern Middle East History. His research focuses on groups, places, and time periods marginalized by mainstream scholarship on the early modern and modern Middle East. He also writes on the topics of displacement, academic freedom, politics of knowledge production, and the Palestinian condition. His books include Family Life in the Ottoman Mediterranean: A Social History_, Rediscovering Palestine: Merchants and Peasants in Jabal Nablus, 1700-1900, Academic Freedom After September _11 (editor), and Family History in the Middle East: Household, Property and Gender (editor).

Doumani is the founding Director of Middle East Studies at Brown University and founder of New Directions in Palestinian Studies. He led a team that produced a strategic plan for the establishment of the Palestinian museum, and received the Sawyer Seminar award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for his proposal, “Displacement and the Making of the Modern World: Histories, Ecologies, and Subjectivities.” He is the editor of a book series on Palestinian Studies with the University of California Press, and co-editor of the Jerusalem Quarterly.

Doumani was awarded fellowships by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Currently, he is a Member, Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, where he is writing a book on the modern history of the Palestinians.