This event focuses on the passive and active ways in which people living under occupation in Kashmir and Palestine resist state oppression and find places to thrive culturally, socio-politically, and academically. The event aims to show the parallels between oppressed and occupied peoples across borders and to showcase an intellectual and inspirational conversation on the connections that have been built and can be built across occupied regions.
Lana Tatour is an Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Fellow at the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. She is working on her book Ambivalent Resistance: Palestinians in Israel and the Liberal Politics of Settler Colonialism and Human Rights, which explores the contemporary impasse of indigenous resistance to settler colonialism, focusing on '48 Palestinians (known as Palestinian citizens of Israel). She analyzes the national movement of '48 Palestinians, the indigeneity claims of the Naqab Bedouin, and the politics of the Queer Palestinian movement. Mahum Shabir is a Kashmiri third-year law student at the City University of New York, School of Law. She has previously worked in Indian-occupied Kashmir with movement lawyers and organizers and has worked and organized with the Stand with Kashmir Network in NYC. She studied Government, Visual & Environmental Studies at Harvard College from where she graduated in 2011.
Thank you to our co-sponsors, including The Parker School of Foreign and Comparative Law. Edwin B. Parker, a leading international lawyer in the early twentieth century, provided in his will for the establishment of a school devoted to foreign relations. Although affiliated with Columbia Law School since the 1930s, The Parker School retains its own director and board of supervising trustees. The Parker School financial and programmatic support is an important reason why Columbia Law School was an early leader in the study of foreign legal systems and of theories of comparative law. The Parker School support continues today, as Columbia Law School seeks to remain at the forefront of studies of foreign legal systems and legal issues associated with globalization.