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Spring 2015

Palestine Cuts

The Center for Palestine Studies is proud to present the launch of its new film initiative, Palestine Cuts.

Palestine Cuts is a new space for emerging and established filmmakers and video-artists to present and discuss their work in an engaging and encouraging environment. It promotes stimulating audiovisual projects (documentary and fiction film, video, installations, etc.) that challenge existing conventions and offer critical and alternative views about Palestine and Palestinians. Palestine Cuts also is interested in the broader regional and global socio-political, economic and cultural context of which Palestine is an intrinsic part. In this sense, we hope to bring Palestine-related work into conversation with other Arab and international filmmakers and audiovisual artists. Through screenings, discussions, master classes as well as open and closed workshops for work in progress and finished projects, Palestine Cuts hopes to attract a wide array of artists, producers, curators, critics, scholars, activists and others interested in committed audiovisual work that opens up new spaces for imagination.

April 30, 2015:
Opening Screening and Discussion with Mohaned Yaqubi
By invitation only

For this very special opening event we have selected Off Frame: A journey through militant cinema, the first feature film by Palestinian filmmaker and producer Mohanad Yaqubi.

Off Frame follows the history of the Palestine Film Unit (PFU), the filmic arm of the Palestinian revolution, between 1968 and 1982. The film tells the story of the unit established by Sulafa Jadallah, Hani Johariweh and Mustafa Abu Ali, following their life and activities in the turbulent period of the Revolution in Amman between 1967 and 1971. The Unit's films drew inspiration from different global cinematic movements, such as social realism, neo-realism, the French new wave and the New York underground, and was influenced by the political and social atmosphere, not only in the Middle East, but in the rest of the world.

The PFU was part of an underground film industry that received the support of many leading filmmakers, including Jean-Luc Godard, Jean-Pierre Gorin, Jean Genet, Chris Marker, Julio Garcia Espinosa, Santiago Alvarez, Koji Wakamatsu and Masao Adachi.

Mohanad Yaqubi is a filmmaker and one of the founders of Idioms Film. He teaches film studies at the International Art Academy in Palestine. He is part of Subversive Films, a curatorial and research collective that focuses on militant film practices. Yaqubi is a Producer of internationally screened films such as Infiltrators by Khaled Jarrar, Pink Bullet by Ramzi Hazboun, and a co-producer of Habibi by Suzan Youcif and Though I Know the River is Dry by Omar R. Hamilton. He is also the creator and producer of the project Suspended Time, an Anthology film by nine filmmakers reflecting on 20 years after the signing of the Oslo peace accords. His latest short No Exit, written in collaboration with Omar Kheiry, had its premier at the Dubai International Film Festival.

May 1, 2015:
Palestinian Militant Cinema: A Master Class with Filmmaker Mohaned Yaqubi
Registration is required: Please Register here.

Mohanad Yaqubi will deliver a Master Class on Palestinian Militant Cinema. Drawing on recently found film rushes, rare documentary footage and clips of Third Cinema, Yaqubi will introduce us to a fascinating and often neglected world that engages with the depth of Palestine's film-making history, its role in shaping Palestinian identity, and its ties to the wider Third Cinema movement. The presentation will raise questions with regards to the role of 'militant cinema' as a tool of documentation but also to intervene in the political upheavals and liberation movements that shook the world in the midst of the past century. Counterpoising the militant period of Palestine cinema with post-Oslo cinema will open up a conversation about the political role and nature of Palestinian cinematic language today, its potential and possibility.


Other Events




    SPRING 2015

  • THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF PALESTINE, Rhoda A Kanaaneh, V3887
    Wednesday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 62048
  • ARABS IN LITERATURE & FILM, Nathalie Handal, CSER W3970
    Monday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 20866
  • FALL 2014

  • MODERN HISTORY OF PALESTINE, Rashid Khalidi, G9713
    Tuesday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 69394
  • SPRING 2014

  • THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF EDWARD SAID, Stathis Gourgouris, CLEN G6628
    Thursday 6:10 PM - 8:00 PM, Call Number: 24581
  • ARABS IN LITERATURE & FILM, Nathalie Handal, CSER W3970
    Monday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 27392
  • CONSTITUTION/DEMOCRACY, THE MIDDLE EAST, Rashid Khalidi, History W4705
    Tuesday 9:00 AM - 10:50 AM, Call Number: 71647
  • NATIONALISM IN THE ARAB WORLD, Rashid Khalidi, History G9701
    Tuesday 2:10 PM - 4:00 PM, Call Number: 11742
  • FALL 2013

  • THE COLONIAL ENCOUNTER, Ahmad Sadiya, Middle East W3250
    Tuesday & Thursday 11:40 AM - 12:55 PM, Call Number: 64036
  • PALESTINIANS-ISRAEL 1948-2013, Ahmad Sadiya, Middle East G4256
    Friday 11 AM - 12:50 PM, Call Number: 63149
  • SPRING 2013

  • THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF PALESTINE, Mayssoun Succarrie, Anthropology V3887
    Monday 11am-12:50pm, Call Number: 23322
  • ISLAMIC MOVEMENTS IN THE MIDDLE EAST, Rashid Khalidi, History G8701
    Tuesday 2:10-4:00pm, Call Number: 62841
  • ORIENTALISM AND HISTORIOGRAPHY OF THE OTHER, Rashid Khalidi, History W4713
    Tuesday 11:00am-12:50pm, Call Number: 77356
  • THE LAW OF OCCUPATION, Katherine Franke & Dean Spade, Law L8993
    Tuesday 4:20pm-6:10pm, Call Number: 60797
  • INTERNATIONAL LAW & ITS OTHERS: RACE, RELIGION AND THE QUESTION OF "CIVILIZATION," Darryl Li, Law L8021
    Monday 4:20pm-6:10pm, Call Number: 80537
  • FALL 2012

  • MODERN HISTORY OF PALESTINE, Rashid Khalidi, History G9713
    Tuesday 2:10-4:00 PM, Call Number: 72343
  • HISTORY OF THE MOD MIDDLE EAST, Rashid Khalidi, History W3719
    Tuesday/Thursday 8:40-9:55 AM, Call Number: 20904
  • PARADIGMS: GENDER, CULTURE, Lila Abu-Lughod, Women's Studies G6001
    Monday 4:10-6:00 PM, Call Number: 23766
  • THRY & METHODS-MID EAST & ASIA, Timothy Mitchell, Middle East G4000
    Monday 4:10-6:00 PM, Call Number: 18453
  • THEORY,HIST,PRAC OF HUM RIGHTS, Mahmood Mamdani, International Affairs U8172
    Tuesday 4:10-6:00 PM, Call Number: 91199
  • THE INTERPRETATION OF CULTURE, Brinkley Messick, Anthropology V1002
    Tuesday/Thursday 10:10-11:25 AM, Call Number: 74178
  • WRITTEN CULTURE, Brinkley Messick, Anthropology W4172
    Wednesday 2:10-4:00 PM, Call Number: 61450
  • THEORIES & CULTURE: MID EAST/S, Gil Anidjar, Middle East W3005
    Wednesday 2:10-4:00 PM, Call Number: 19762

  • PAST COURSES

    Spring 2012

  • Anthropology V3887
    The Anthropology of Palestine, Section 001, Call Number: 87282, Points: 4
    Instructor: Rhoda A Kanaaneh
    Day/Time: W 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Anthropology G6602
    Questions in Anthropological Theory II: Texts, Section 001, Call Number: 03136, Points: 3
    Instructor: Nadia Abu-El-Haj
    Day/Time: R 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Asian Civilization: Middle East V2008
    Contemporary Islamic Civilization, Section 001, Call Number: 88397, Points: 4
    Instructor: George Saliba
    Day/Time: MW 2:40pm-3:55pm
  • Religion V2305
    Islam, Section 001, Call Number: 27646, Points: 3
    Instructor: Peter Awn
    Day/Time: MW 5:40pm-6:55pm
  • Religion V3314
    The Qur'an: A Comparative Perspective, Section 001, Call Number: 00350, Points: 3
    Instructor: Najam Haider
    Day/Time: MW 1:10pm-2:25pm
  • Anthropology W4282
    Islamic Law, Section 001, Call Number: 19699, Points: 3
    Instructor: Brinkley Messick
    Day/Time: F 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Comparative Literature: Middle East G4228
    Revolution In Arabic: Lit-War, Section 001, Call Number: 72750, Points: 3
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi
    Day/Time: W 11:00am-12:50pm
  • Comparative Literature: Middle East G4228
    Islamic Context Arabian Nights, Section 001, Call Number: 13450, Points: 3
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi Day/Time: R 11:00am-12:50pm
  • History W3705
    Modern Egypt, Section 001, Call Number: 70952, Points: 3
    Instructor: Marwa Elshakry
    Day/Time: TR 1:10pm-2:25pm
  • History W47555
    Oil & History of Arab Gulf States, Section 001, Call Number: 28252, Points: 4
    Instructor: Rosie Bsheer
    Day/Time: R 11:00am-12:50pm
  • Middle East G4760
    Shi'ites and Shi'ism, Section 001, Call Number: 92898, Points: 3
    Instructor: Hamid Dabashi
    Day/Time: W 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Religion W4335
    Shi'ism, Section 001, Call Number: 07862, Points: 4
    Instructor: Najam Haider
    Day/Time: W 4:10pm-6:00pm
  • Comparative Literature: Middle East G6020
    Colonialism, Section 001, Call Number: 63534, Points: 3
    Instructor: Timothy Mitchell
    Day/Time: F 11:00am-12:50pm
  • International Affairs U6712
    Political Islam, Section 001, Call Number: 96598, Points: 3
    Instructor: Ousmane Kane
    Day/Time: T 2:10pm-4:00pm
  • Middle East G6600
    Postcolonial Theory, Section 001, Call Number: 77201, Points: 3
    Instructor: Hamid Dabashi, Mamadou Diouf
    Day/Time: W 11:00am-12:50pm
  • Fall 2011 Anthropology W4277
    ANTHROP OF THE MID EAST (Call No. 04002). 3 points.
    Thursday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 307 Milbank Hall (Barnard)
    Instructor: Nadia Abu El-Haj
  • Fall 2011 Anthropology V3465
    WOMEN, GENDER POL-MUSLIM WORLD (Call No. 88447). 3 points.
    Monday/Wednesday, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM, 413 Kent Hall
    Instructor: Lila Abu-Lughod
  • Fall 2011 Middle East W3000
    THEOR-CULTURE: MID EAST/S ASIA (Call No. 87097). 4 points.
    Tuesday/Thursday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 313 Fayerweather
    Instructor: Gil Anidjar
  • Fall 2011 Religion W4330
    SEMINAR ON CLASSICAL SUFI TEXTS (Call No. 53346). 4 points.
    Friday, 11:00-12:50 AM, 401 Hamilton Hall
    Instructor: Peter Awn
  • Fall 2011 Political Science W4445 (Barnard)
    PLTCS MID EAST & NORTH AFRICA (Call No. 02425). 3 points.
    Tuesday/Thursday, 10:35-11:50 AM, 504 Diana Center
    Instructor: Mona El-Ghobashy
  • Fall 2011 Middle East W3923
    CNTRL QUESTIONS IN ISLAMIC LAW (Call No. 96099). 3 points.
    Tuesday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 103 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Wael Hallaq
  • Fall 2011 CSER W3970
    PALESTINE & THE PALESTINIANS THROUGH LITERATURE & THEATER (Call No. 82949). 4 points. *NEW COURSE
    Instructor: Nathalie Handal
    Tuesday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 420 Hamilton Hall
    This course explores contemporary Palestinian culture, history, and society through literature and theater produced by Palestinian writers and playwrights, including those in the West Bank, Israel, other Arab countries, and the West. The course will examine Palestinianess, looking at the various cultural and socio-political issues prevalent in plays, poetry, non-fiction and fiction. Discussions revolve around styles and aesthetics as well as identity and cultural politics. Students will also read critical and theoretical works in order to better help them understand the works. Some of the writers the class will cover include, Mahmoud Darwish, Faqwa Tuqan, Sayed Kashua, Mourid Barghouti, and Naomi Shihab Nye.
  • Fall 2011 History W3719
    HISTORY OF THE MOD MIDDLE EAST (Call No. 53496). 3 points.
    Tuesday/Thursday, 9:10-10:25 AM, 417 International Affairs Building
    Instructor: Rashid Khalidi
  • Fall 2011 History G8712
    U.S.,MID EAST & THE COLD WAR (Call No. 27779). 4 points.
    Tuesday, 2:10-4:00 PM, 208 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Rashid Khalidi
  • Fall 2011 Anthropology - Middle East G6406
    THE MOD ST & THE COLONIAL SUBJ (Call No. 71502). 4 points.
    Monday, 4:10-6:00 PM, 963 Schermerhorn
    Instructor: Mahmood Mamdani
  • Fall 2011 Anthropology V3933
    ARABIA IMAGINED (Call No. 60800). 4 points.
    Friday, 10:00-12:00 PM, 467 Schermerhorn Hall
    Instructor: Brinkley Messick
  • Fall 2011 Middle East W3260
    RETHINKING MIDDLE EAST POLITCS (Call No. 92597). 3 points.
    Monday/Wednesday, 2:40-3:55 PM, 103 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Timothy Mitchell
  • Fall 2011 Middle East G4261
    ISLAM ON THE STREET (Call No. 84700). 3 points.
    Wednesday, 11:00-12:50 PM, 403 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi
  • Fall 2011 Middle East G4228
    REVOLUTION IN ARABIC:LIT-WAR (Call No. 62283). 3 points.
    Thursday, 11:00-12:50 PM, 403 Knox Hall
    Instructor: Muhsin Al-Musawi
  • Fall 2011 Middle East V2003
    INTRO TO ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION (Call No. 61497). 4 points.
    Monday/Wednesday, 2:40-3:55 PM, 501 Schermerhorn Hall
    Instructor: George Saliba
  • Spring 2011 Middle East W4053
    THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT. 3 points.
    Instructor: Salim Tamari
  • Spring 2011 Middle East G6225
    BIOGRAPHY & SOCIAL HISTORY. 3 points.
    Instructor: Salim Tamari
  • Spring 2011 Anthropology V3887
    THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF PALESTINE. 3 points.
    Instructor: Rhoda Kanaaneh
  • Spring 2011 English BC3149
    CULTURES OF COLONIALISM: PALESTINE/ISRAEL (09734); 3 points
    Instructor: Bashir Abu-Manneh
    Tuesday & Thursday, 2:40-3:55 PM, Room TBA The significance of colonial encounter, statehood, and dispossession in Palestinian and Israeli cultures from 1948 to the present, examined in a range of cultural forms: poetry, political tracts, cinema, fiction, memoirs, and travel writing. Authors include: Darwish, Grossman, Habibi, Khalifeh, Khleifi, Kanafani, Oz, Shabtai, Shalev, and Yehoshua.
  • Fall 2010 History G8716
    POLTICS OF TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION IN THE MIDDLE EAST; Politics of Truth and Reconciliation in the Middle East; 4 points
    Instructor: Thomas Hill
    W 2:10-4, 311 Fayerweather.
  • Spring 2010 History G9713
    THE MODERN HIST OF PALESTINE; 4 points
    Instructor: Rashid Khalidi
    Tuesday 2:10pm-4:00pm 208 KNOX HALL.