This award funds a one-day multi-campus conference initiated by the Center for Near Eastern Studies and faculty from the Departments of Comparative Literature, Anthropology, Near Eastern Languages and Cultures, and the School of Law, in collaboration with the Middle East centers at UC Berkeley and UC Santa Barbara.
The Naksa - the widely-used Arabic term for the "setback" suffered by Palestinians in the 1967 war - represented not only a defeat but also a turning point. While this turning point had important political implications, its cultural ramifications and the explosion of creative expression it engendered also marked the Arab world indelibly. The proliferation of critical output produced by Arab thinkers and artists in its aftermath deserves to be at the center of the academic inquiry as we observe this anniversary.
Instead of focusing on political or legal repercussions, this conference will consider the relatively understudied impact of the Naksa in three interrelated areas:
1. Nostalgia and Memory
2. Popular Sovereignty
3. Time and Space