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Desiring the Middle East at Pembroke
Trumpington Street, CB2 1RF Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Desiring Rights Beyond the State: The Political Life of Displacement in the Middle East
In this keynote lecture, Dr. Ruba Salih addresses the possibility of political lives in gray areas. By relying on ethnographic explorations of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East, the paper will propose exile as grounds for an articulation of rights that overcomes the political, juridical, and emotive national frame as the only space for existing in the world.
Ruba Salih: Reader at the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.
Her research interests cover the broad areas of migration, refugee crises, gender and Islam, the Middle East and, in ...particular, the Palestine question and displacement. Her latest publications include: “Bodies That Walk, Bodies That Talk, Bodies That Love: Palestinian Women Refugees, Affectivity, and the Politics of the Ordinary,” Antipode, and Refugees and Cathartic Politics: From Human Rights to the Right to be Human, South Atlantic Quarterly.
She is the co-editor of “Cultures of Resistance in Palestine and Beyond: The Politics of Art, Aesthetics, and Affect,” special issue, Arab Studies Journal (spring 2014). She is finalising with Richter-Devroe Palestinian Refugees: The Politics of Exile and the Politics of Return to be published by Cambridge University Press