From Res Nullius to Terra Nullius: Revisiting Indigenous Histories, Legal Systems and Land Rights in the Naqab | Conference, October 11th, 2018

Panelists: Bashir Abu Manneh (University of Kent, UK), Nadia Ben Youssef (Adalah Justice Project, NY), Debby Farber (Zochrot, IL)
Moderator: Nadia Abu El-Haj (Columbia University, NY)
Respondent: Audra Simpson (Columbia University, NY)
Chair: Brian Boyd (Columbia University, NY)

The Center for Palestine Studies, in partnership with the NGO Zochrot, and Forensic Architecture, organized a scholarly panel within the framework of the exhibition, Ground Truth: Testimonies of Destruction and Return in the Naqab, to expand the discourse on the origins of the dispossession, expulsion, and displacement of the Palestinian Bedouins in the Negev/Al-Naqab, and in particular its historical background and legal aspects. The panelists are scholars and activists involved in historical research, legal geography, and human rights with the aim of situating the case of the Naqab Bedouins within key international debates, such as the territorial dispossession of indigenous peoples, indivisibility, and interrelationship of socioeconomic, cultural, civil, and political rights.

Location: The Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027

Co-sponsors: The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies, Studio-X Amman at Columbia GSAPP and Columbia Global Centers, Amman, The Heyman Center for Humanities, and the Department of Religion.

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