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Last updated: November 28, 2023

Gaza in Context: A Collaborative Teach-in Series

3CT is collaborating with a group of international institutions to present Gaza in Context, a series of weekly virtual teach-ins and conversations on a host of issues that introduce our common university communities, educators, researchers, and students to the history and present of Gaza, in context.

Please note: this page will be updated weekly with details of live events and video recordings.

Read more about the initiative.


Upcoming events:

Details of future teach-ins will be posted here when available.


Past events:

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
Colonial Narratives: Between Myth and Reality

This teach-in examined recurring colonial myths in some detail, while simultaneously juxtaposing them against actual statements made by original founders, the historical record, and enduring policies/practices of the state of Israel. From founding myths, to settlements, to propensity for making/rejecting peace, and beyond, this conversation documents the gap between myths and realities of Israel’s decades-long occupation and dispossession of Palestinians.

Tuesday, November 28, 2023
International Law and the War on Palestine

Israel’s onslaught against Palestinians has raised a significant number of legal questions regarding the legality of the operation, the regulation of the use of force, as well as the charge of genocide Several international legal teams have submitted petitions to the ICC and the Center for Constitutional Rights has sued President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Anthony Blinken to stop US support for Israel’s unfolding genocide. This teach-in explored the alleged legal violations, the applicable laws of war, and the significance of international law in the face of a chronic crisis of accountability.

Monday, November 20, 2023
The Unending War on the Children of Gaza

This teach-in focused on the young people of Gaza who make up nearly half of the population. The reigning narrative on these children dehumanizes them, fueling the war on them. While humanitarian aid is much needed, it is not the long-term solution for their trauma, which is caused by a structural and ongoing process of settler colonialism. Palestinian children know and express resistance daily, despite their lack of formal citizenship.

Tuesday, November 14, 2023
The Social History of Gaza: The Ongoing Past and Present

This teach-in addressed the context of Gaza over time. In conversation with Abaher al Saqqa—author of the book Gaza: a Social History under British Colonial Rule, 1917-1948—we explored how we live in the present through various lenses of the past.

Friday, November 10, 2023
Antisemitism & Anti-Zionism

This teach-in featured a discussion on antisemitism and anti-Zionism and how the two have been conflated, especially in recent weeks in light of the ongoing conflict. Speakers include Adam Horowitz, Sherene Seikaly, John Reynolds, and Shira Robinson.

Thursday, November 2, 2020
Gaza in Geography

This teach-in contextualized the geography of Gaza historically as the once largest district in Palestine to its present day as a besieged Strip. Holding significantly less geographic familiarity than the West Bank with the larger public, we also broke down the significance of the current evacuation line at Wadi Gaza, what the current displacements will mean for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip moving forward, and how the ongoing ground invasion is evolving.

Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Human Rights, Gaza, and the War on Palestine

Speakers Giulia Marini and Omar Shakir addressed the humanitarian ramifications of Israel’s three-week assault on Gaza, as the death toll and destruction continue to mount.

Thursday, October 26, 2023
Gaza in History

The second virtual event in the Gaza in Context series featured speakers Beshara Doumani, Ilana Feldman, and Sherene Seikaly. During the event, the speakers explored the broader history of Gaza, and how Gaza fits into the Question of Palestine in the past and the present.

Friday, October 20, 2023
Gaza 101

The first virtual event in the Gaza in Context series featured speakers Ziad Abu-Rish, Fida Adely, Aslı Bali, Rana Barakat, Rochelle Davis, Beshara Doumani, Noura Erakat, Adel Iskandar, Maya Mikdashi, Sherene Seikaly, and Lisa Wedeen, as well as clips from the 2016 film Gaza in Context.

Gaza in Context is hosted by Jadaliyya and organized by the Arab Studies Institute, Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, George Mason University’s Middle East and Islamic Studies Program, Rutgers Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Birzeit University, Harvard’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Brown University’s Center for Middle East Studies, University of Chicago’s Center for Contemporary Theory, Brown University’s New Directions in Palestinian Studies, Georgetown University’s Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Georgetown Doha, American University of Cairo’s Alternative Policy Studies, Middle East Studies’ Global Academy.