Lena Meari, the acting director of the Institute of Women’s Studies, participates in a conference

May 8, 2018


The acting director of the Institute of Women’s Studies, Dr. Lena Meari, participates in a conference entitled "The Latin East" held at New York University on 27 and 28 April 2018. The conference was convened by NACLA (The North American Congress on Latin America), MERIP (Middle East Research and Information Project) and Jadaliyya (ezine produced by the Arab Studies Institute). Dr. Meari presented a paper entitled: Reading Che in Colonized Palestine-On analyzing and drawing inspiration from revolutionary Latin American texts. She traces the study of Latin American revolutionary texts and testimonio literature, which were translated into Arabic, among Palestinian strugglers and prisoners in the Zionist prisons during the seventies and eighties. Her study traces as well the political relevance of reading revolutionary texts today among new generations of Palestinian youth.

Her paper concluded, “Reading and discussing Palestinian and Latin American revolutionary texts, it seems, has the potential to carve a politics of revolutionary hope and conviction that liberation is possible—a conviction that is dormant, but not dead in the mindset of Palestinian strugglers.”

Lena Meari is an assistant professor at the Social and Behavioral Science Department and at the Institute of Women’s Studies at Birzeit University.

To watch the session in which Lena Meari contributed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjQKM_xZGaY&feature=youtu.be

To read the full text of her paper:

https://www.tandfonline.com/…/full/10…/10714839.2018.1448594

Read contributions from the panelists on "The Latin East," conference:

https://nacla.org/news/2018/04/30/latin-east