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2017 Palestine Symposium

The focus of this three-day academic symposium will be Palestine in the context of the West, and not the West in the context of Palestine. The central theme will be Palestine, its past, present, and its future.

Historical interventions and their impact on Palestinians will set the scene of the theme of this symposium. A range of Australian and international scholars and experts will examine the impact of these interventions on contemporary realities within the Palestinian territories and among Palestinians wherever they are found. The symposium will examine Palestine in context of the MENA region from both micro and macro levels. It will cover international and regional developments and their impact on Palestinians within the Palestinian territories, within Israel, those exiled or living in neighbouring countries, or the Diaspora. The impact of 50 years of Israeli occupation, or almost 70 years of Palestinian displacement since 1948 will also be addressed.

The challenges ahead for Palestinians and the prospects of a just and peaceful resolution will be discussed, as will possible solutions to resolving this core international conflict.

The Symposium will incorporate the 13th annual Edward Said Memorial Lecture, with keynote speaker Mr Gideon Levy.

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Symposium sponsors:
  • Australian Friends of Palestine Association (AFOPA)
  • Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN)
  • Middle East Studies Forum, Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship & Globalisation
  • Palestine Center For Peace

Symposium host:

  • Department of Politics & International Studies, School of Social Sciences, The University of Adelaide


  • 3-day package - Waged $250 / Conc. $150
  • 1-day package - Waged $125 / Conc. $100
  • Friday Post-Graduate Forum - Free (registration essential)
  • Friday Opening Public Lecture & Panel Discussion - Free (registraton essential)

Pre-event registrations will close Friday 24 Nov; thereafter tickets may be purchased at the Symposium Registration Desk.


24-26 November 2017

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