The lecture “Cynicism, Hope, and Human Rights in Palestine” was organized by the Centre for Islamic and Middle East Studies. It took place at the University of Oslo on November 3, 2017. Watch the video podcast here.
A seminar with Dr Lori Allen, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
This talk situates current attempts to intervene on behalf of Palestinian human rights in the history of humanitarian interventions in Palestine and how the international community has tried to justify its involvement. Hope and cynicism have been generated among Palestinians by this endless cycle of unsuccessful endeavours. I suggest that future efforts must be shaped by the goal of structural and political change, and be guided by Palestinians’ own visions for their future polity.
Lori Allen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at SOAS, University of London. Her first book, The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine, (Stanford University Press, 2013) won the Association for Political and Legal Anthropology book prize. Her current project, “Investigating Liberals: The Politics of Investigative Commissions In Palestine”, is a historical-ethnographic study of six commissions that went fact-finding in Palestine between 1919 and 2009.