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The Question of Hope in Palestinian Resistance | Graduate Program Blogs
The Social Justice Series continued this week with guest speaker Irene Calis. Calis recently relocated to the DC area from Rhodes University in South Africa. She is an anthropologist concerned with issues of social justice and has focused much of her work on the ongoing resistance struggle in Palestine. Calis's talk "Hope against the evidence? The Underside of Resistance Politics in Palestine" explores the struggle of emancipatory politics through the reality of everyday life in an oppressive regime. Palestinians, particularly those in the Northwest region where Calis focused much of her work, face consistently harshening conditions. The confining reality of life within the Israeli state security apparatus means the continued loss of daily freedoms, limited access to water and land, and constant reminders of one's own mortality. Calis asks the question, "What does it mean to survive?" While many of the research and humanitarian narratives coming out of Palestine are imbued with a