In this introduction to “Queering Palestine,” the curators of this special issue of the Journal of Palestine Studies explore what queer theory and activism can teach us about the Palestinian condition, and vice versa. They contextualize the arguments made by the contributors for the relevance of queer politics to the question of Palestine, which encompass queer theory and dissent, sexuality politics and the nation-state, and queerness as decolonial practice.
Special Issue: Queering Palestine: Introduction
Leila Farsakh is associate professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She is the author of Palestinian Labour Migration to Israel: Labour, Land and Occupation, 2nd ed. (London: Routledge, 2012) and has published in a wide range of academic journals on the political economy of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as alternatives to partition in Israel/Palestine. She is also a senior research fellow at the Center for Development Studies at Birzeit University in the West Bank.
Rhoda Kanaaneh has taught anthropology and gender and sexuality studies at New York University, American University in Washington, DC, and Columbia University. She has written and edited a number of books and her current research looks at Arab asylum seekers in the United States who use gender or sexuality as a basis for their applications.
Sherene Seikaly is associate professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her book, Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2015) explores how Palestinian capitalists and British colonial officials used economy to shape territory, nationalism, the home, and the body. She is the editor of the Arab Studies Journal, a cofounder and coeditor of Jadaliyya e-zine, and a contributing editor at the Journal of Palestine Studies.
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Leila Farsakh, Rhoda Kanaaneh, Sherene Seikaly; Special Issue: Queering Palestine: Introduction. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 May 2018; 47 (3): 7–12. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2018.47.3.7
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