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Ethnic Homelands: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives

Monday, 11th July, 2016    
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Five Leaves Bookshop*
14a Long Row, Nottingham, NG1 2DH

Please join the Research Priority Area in Rights and Justice and the Centre for Research in Race and Rights for a panel discussion on ethnic homelands in contemporary and historical perspective.

As regions and territories connected with distinct ethnic, cultural and national groups, homelands engender a sense of place and belonging as well as claims to specific histories, memories and traditions. Drawing on expertise in history, politics, global studies, and social and cultural theory, our panellists will examine the development of homelands in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, Israel-Palestine and Egypt. How have patterns of settler colonialism, conquest and nationalism shaped the emergence of these homelands? And how have these homelands and the deep affiliations they produce become tied to histories of resistance and conflict and to demands for freedom, justice and equality in our contemporary world?

Our speakers:

Professor John R. Chávez (William P. Clements Department of History, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas): “Mexicans: Aliens or Natives in the U.S. Southwest?”

Professor Chávez has used theories of colonialism and postnationalism to understand the formation of homelands and ethnic identities in the North Atlantic, particularly in relation to Mexicans in the United States. He is the author of The Lost Land: The Chicano Image of the Southwest (1984), which earned him a Pulitzer Prize nomination, and Beyond Nations: Evolving Homelands in the North Atlantic World, 1400-2000 (2009), winner of the World History Association Bentley Book Prize.


Dr. Teo Todorova (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham): “Discourses of Bi-Nationalism in Critical Israeli Activist Thought”

Dr. Todorova researches ethico-political responsibility and grassroots activism in the context of ethno-nationalist conflict. She has worked on violence and reconciliation in Bosnia Herzegovina as well as solidarity activism in Israel-Palestine. She has published numerous articles in Ceasefire Magazine, New Left Project, Antipode and  Journal of International Women’s Studies.


Dr. Amal Treacher Kabesh (School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham): “Egypt: The Power of Enduring Nationalism”

Dr. Treacher Kabesh researches identity formation in relation to gender and ethnicity. Currently working on the inter-relationship between Egypt and the UK, she is the author of Postcolonial Masculinities: Emotions, Histories and Ethics (2013) and numerous articles in Borderlands, Ethnic and Racial and Studies and Journal of Postcolonial Writing. She has long served on the editorial boards of Feminist Review and Free Associations.

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