19 Jun, SYDNEY: Ideas at the House – “Israel and Palestine in the New Middle East” May 25, 2011

Venue: Studio, The Sydney Opera House
Date: 4pm, Sunday 19 June

Have current events in the Middle East made a solution more or less likely? Join a team of international and Australian speakers as they discuss this historical moment and if it has the potential to produce a solution, what this solution might look like. With popular democratic revolutions holding sway in Egypt and Tunisia, the political fundamentals that have underpinned the Middle East have shifted dramatically in ways that we have yet to fully understand. Trapped in a perpetual ‘peace process’ leading nowhere, Palestinians and Israelis have brought their conflicting aspirations of nationhood to the world stage for more than 60 years. But will the military occupation of the West Bank, and the argument over borders, settlements and one-or-two-state solutions, be overtaken by current events, for good or ill?

The Panel

Ghassan Hage (Chair) is the Future Generation Professor of Anthropology and Social Theory at the University of Melbourne, the author White Nation and Against Paranoid Nationalism and an influential contributor to debates on nationalism and intercultural relations in Australia and the Middle East.

Naomi Chazan is an Israeli academic and politician. She is a former Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and the President and Chair of the New Israel Fund.

Peter Hartcher is The Sydney Morning Herald’s political editor, and a prominent commentator on international affairs.

Saree Makdisi is the author of Palestine Inside Out: An Everyday Occupation. He is an American literary critic of Palestinian and Lebanese background and is currently Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UCLA.

More information here. <http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/israel_and_palestine.aspx?start=yes>

With thanks to the University of Melbourne’s Festival of Ideas.

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