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Collins delivers keynote lecture at international conference

Professor of Global Studies John Collins recently attended and delivered the keynote lecture at an international conference held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at An-Najah University in Nablus, Palestine.

Organized by the French Institute for the Near East (IFPO) and by An-Najah University, the Living, Consuming, and Action in Glocal Palestine conference brought together Palestinian and international scholars and practitioners to “explore the hybrid character of social and political experiences, caught between local and global,” in contemporary Palestine.

Collins had conducted field research in Nablus during the 1996-97 academic for his doctoral dissertation and subsequent book, Occupied By Memory (NYU Press, 2004). His lecture during the conference, titled “Defending the Milieu in Global Palestine,” drew on research conducted for his 2011 book, Global Palestine (Hurst/Oxford University Press, 2011), which explores the microcosmic and prophetic role of Palestine within broader processes of globalization.

“Attending this conference was a powerful and enriching experience,” Collins said. “It helped me build an up-to-date sense of how Palestinians are experiencing Israel’s ongoing military occupation and how scholars from multiple disciplines are developing new ways of understanding the changing global/local dynamics at work in Palestine. I was honored to be chosen as the keynote lecturer.”

The conference's Call for Papers explicitly referenced Collins’ book, noting that “today’s Palestine is the paradigm of the rapid changes that have been affecting the experience of space and time all over the world for a decade, with the speeding up and intensifying of flows…John Collins develops such an argument and shows how the meaning of the Palestinian reality goes beyond the Palestinian case since the processes at work in Palestine in an exacerbated form (embedded in joint dynamics of technology, confinement, violence, and time acceleration) are structural elements of the larger globalization phenomenon.”

Collins will be teaching a "Global Palestine" seminar (GS350) during the Spring 2015 semester and also maintains a Global Palestine blog on the Weave, the department’s independent media site.