Palestinian Seminar Series 2024

Palestinian agricultural development between colonialism, globalization and liberation

In partnership with: Institute for Palestine Studies, Institut français du Proche-Orient and the Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies

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Palestinian Agricultural Development between Colonialism, Globalization and Liberation is a seminar series on the past, present and future of agriculture in Palestine. 

The Palestinian agricultural sector has experienced a rapid decline over the last century due to the on-going settler colonial dispossession of land and water resources, economic policies that fostered dependency on Israel and international markets, and violence. The war on Gaza and the continuous displacement of Palestinian rural communities from their farming lands in the West Bank have further aggravated the condition of the Palestinian agricultural sector over the last months. However, as highlighted by the growing movement for food sovereignty in the region, agriculture remains central to the struggle for land, livelihoods, and collective liberation. 

We envisage the seminar series to open up spaces for conversation and discussion on questions of agricultural development, food policy and land politics. In particular, we aim for the seminar series to be a space for scholars and practitioners in the field of Palestinian agriculture to exchange, on the one hand, on how violent processes of colonial dispossession and neoliberalism have shaped the Palestinian agricultural sector; on the other hand, how forms of struggle, class alliances and solidarities that have emerged in, against, and beyond these structural processes, and the future that these struggles envision. 

The seminar series is scheduled to run from March to June 2024.


Session 1

7 March, 12-2pm Cambridge / 2-4pm Jerusalem 

General introduction to the seminar by organisers

Rami Zurayk: “Making food security and food systems vulnerable as an occupation strategy”

Saker El Nour: “The Structural Crisis of Agri-Food systems in Egypt”

Presentation in Arabic with simultaneous translation in English


Session 2

25 March, 10-11.30am Cambridge / 12-1.30pm Jerusalem

Faiq Mari: “Youth agricultural cooperatives in the Palestinian central highlands (West Bank): a model emerging from the contradictions of peripheralization”

Presentation in English with simultaneous translation in Arabic


Session 3 

21 April, 11am-12.30pm Cambridge / 1-2.30pm Jerusalem

Fairouz Salem: “The Agricultural Work in Palestine Between Fragility and Resilience: The Case of the Village of Farush Beit Dajan as a Model”

Presentation in Arabic, English translation


Session 4

15 May 15, 4.15-5.30pm Cambridge / 6.15-7.30pm Jerusalem

Mezna Qato and Fadia Panosetti: “Land and Agrarian Questions in Palestine: A Conversation”

External event organised by Margaret Anstee Centre for Global Studies

Presentation in English


Session 5

6 June, 12.30-2pm Cambridge / 2.30-4pm Jerusalem 

Paul Kohlbry: “Agrarian Change as Ruination”

Presentation in English, simultaneous Arabic translation

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Session 6

23 June, 11 am-12.30pm Cambridge / 1-2.30pm Jerusalem

Saad Amira: “Seasonal Agriculture in the Mountains of the West Bank: Colonial Practices and Resilience Mechanisms”

Presentation in Arabic, English translation TBC

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