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Lecture: Defending the Milieu in Global Palestine // John Collins

  • Swift Hall Common Room 1025 E 58th St Chicago, IL, 60637 United States (map)


In this lecture, building on the ideas presented in his book Global Palestine, Professor Collins explores Palestine as a prophetic and microcosmic node within a larger global system. Paul Virilio’s concept of “war on the milieu,” when put in dialogue with key insights from the growing body of scholarship in comparative settler colonial studies, can help us conceptualize the nature of this system as an ongoing struggle between the structures of permanent war and the local practices of popular defense and everyday occupation.


Professor Collins is a Professor of Global Studies at St. Lawrence University. He is the author of a 2004 book on memories of the first Palestinian intifada and co-editor of a 2002 book on the rhetoric used to frame the U.S. response to the September 11 attacks.  His latest book, Global Palestine, is available in the US from Oxford University Press and in the UK from Hurst. Professor Collins is also the author of Occupied by Memory: The Intifada Generation and the Palestinian State of Emergency (NYU Press, 2004) and co-editor of Collateral Language: A User's Guide to America's New War (NYU Press, 2002). Recent articles include "Settler Colonialism and Its Discontents: A View Forward from the Long 1960s" and "Beyond Conflict: Palestine and the Structures of Global Colonization." Professor Collins uses the category of settler colonialism to explore the globalization of Palestine and the Palestinization of the globe. He is also the Director of The Weave, a co-curricular independent media project focusing on underreported stories. 

Sponsored by the Divinity School Dean's Office, the Chicago Center for Contemporary Theory (3CT), the Center for International Studies' Norman Wait Harris Fund, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.