WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Shira Robinson, associate professor of history and international affairs at George Washington University, will deliver a lecture entitled “Settler Sovereignty and Indigenous Citizenship in post-1948 Israel,” at Sarah Lawrence College.
This event is free and open to the public and will take place on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Miller Lecture Hall, in the Titsworth building.
Robinson’s talk will draw on her research for her award-winning book, "Citizen Strangers: Palestinians and the Birth of Israel’s Liberal Settler State (Stanford UP, 2013)."
In "Citizen Strangers," Robinson traces how Jewish leaders, following the 1948 war, negotiated the status of the minority Palestinian population within the political and legal fabric of the new Israeli nation-state.
Robinson’s talk will survey some of the key questions raised in her book: how did Israel’s government seek to resolve the fundamental dilemma of binding Arab voters to the new state while simultaneously denying them access to its resources? How did Palestinian political activists navigate the tensions in the state’s foundation—between privilege and equality, separatism and inclusion?
In 2014, "Citizen Strangers" won an Outstanding Academic Title Award and was listed as one of the top 25 academic books of the year by Choice. Robinson’s research has been funded by the Fulbright Institute, the Social Science Research Council, and the Mellon Foundation.
Robinson taught previously at the University of Iowa, and she was also a visiting fellow with the Shelby Cullom Davis Center for Historical Studies at Princeton University. She has served on the editorial committee of Middle East Report.
This lecture is sponsored by the Christian A. Johnson Endeavor Chair in Middle Eastern Studies and International Affairs; the Office of the Dean of the College; and the Donald C. Samuel Fund for Economics and Politics.
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