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Academic Conference Organizing | Conference Presentations | Invited Academic Lectures

Academic Conference Organizing

2019 Organizer, Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference, Swarthmore College
2019 Program Committee Member, Friends Association for Higher Education Annual Conference, Swarthmore College and Pendle Hill
2018 Co-Organizer (with Rabbi Michael Ramberg), “Resisting Anti-Semitism: Past and Present, Local and Global” Symposium, Swarthmore College
2015 Organizer, “Sexualities and Queer Imaginaries in the Middle East/North Africa" Conference, Brown University
2014 Coordinator, “Political Economy and the Economy of Politics,” New Directions in Palestinian Studies Conference, Brown University
2014 Co-Organizer (with Adia Benton and Sherine Hamdy), “The Clinic in Crisis: Medics and Political Violence” Symposium, Brown University

Conference Presentations

March 2020 "Spatiality and Heritage," New Directions in Palestinian Studies Workshop, Brown University, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Providence, RI 
February 2020  "Media, Film, and the Politics of Queer Palestinian Representation," Gender in Israeli and Palestinian Film Conference, Brown University, Program in Judaic Studies, Providence, RI 
November 2019 "Doctors and the State: Political Climates of Medicine in the Middle East and Beyond," American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada 
November 2019 "Locating Ethnography and Anthropologists: Moving Out of Bounds," American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada 
November 2019  Keynote, "Vulnerability and Resilience: The Impact of Quaker Education on Personal Transformation," Association for College and University Religious Affairs Annual Conference, Brown University, Providence, RI 
November 2019  "When They Don't See Us," Global Summit on the Embodiment of Racism, Violence, and Trauma, Boston College, Boston, MA 
October 2019  "On Queer Middle Eastern Films," Pride & Progress Film Symposium, Harvard Kennedy School, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Cambridge, MA 
April 2019 Keynote, “LGBTQ Liberation, Queer Studies, and the Postcolonial Imagination,” Queer and Trans Studies Conference, Kenyon College, Gambier, OH
November 2018 “Local Markers to Analytic Categories: Nation, Race, and Sect Between Governmentality and Scholarship,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX
September 2018 “Exhibiting Jerusalem: Heritage Perspectives,” The Inclusive Museum Conference, University of Granada, Granada, Spain
April 2018 “Hate Speech or Free Speech?” Workshop on the Politics of Language on College Campuses, New York Academy of Sciences and Fordham University, New York, NY
December 2017 Keynote, “Nonviolence in Violent Times,” International Peace and Conflict Resolution Conference, Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
December 2017 “The Ramallah Syndrome,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
November 2017 “Race, Gender, Class: Quakers in the Public Sphere,” American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
November 2017 “LGBT Rights in the Arab World: Dismantling Oppressive Structures,” Harvard Arab Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
October 2017 “Teaching Intersectionality in the Era of Trump,” Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Birmingham, AL
June 2017 “Forced Population Displacements and the Making of the Modern World,” Brown International Advanced Research Institute, Brown University, Providence, RI
June 2017 “Identity and Performance,” Social Science Research Council-Mellon Mays Annual Conference, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
February 2017 “Navigating Questions of Power and Neutrality,” Harvard Negotiation Law Review Symposium on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
February 2017 “Queer Politics and Social Justice in Palestine,” Social Justice in the Arab World since 2010: Changing Conditions, Mobilizations, and Policies Conference, Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice at Princeton University, Beirut, Lebanon
November 2016 “Dislocations: Accessing and Defining ‘The Field’ in Today’s Middle East,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN
November 2016 “Anthropology, Ethics, and Political Engagement on Palestine/Israel,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA
November 2016 “Teaching Orlando: Islamophobia and Homophobia in Post-Orlando America,” Consortium on High Achievement and Success (CHAS) Black and Latino Male Conference, Providence College, Providence, RI
September 2016 “Teaching About Palestine/Israel: Critical Perspectives,” Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, British Columbia, Canada
November 2015 “Performing (Non)Citizenship in the Palestinian Territories,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO
October 2015 “Israel/Palestine, Peace Studies, and Academic Freedom,” Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Harrisonburg, VA
July 2015 “Minority Students and Transcending the Imposter Syndrome,” Social Science Research Council-Mellon Mays Conference, Macalester College, St. Paul, MN
January 2014 “‘Idle No More’ and ‘Redwashing’: The Politics of Transnational Indigenous Solidarity,” Transnational American Studies Conference, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
November 2013 “Women-Saving and Gay-Saving in Palestine: International Donors, Western Academics, and Local Activists,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL
November 2013 “Beyond Neoliberalisms.” Future of NGO Studies Conference, Northern Illinois University, Center for Non-Governmental Organization Leadership and Development, Chicago, IL
October 2013 “Teaching Contemporary Arab Politics in Peace Studies,” Peace and Justice Studies Association Annual Conference, Waterloo, Canada
October 2013 “Solidarity or Intervention: International Aid and Ideology in the Palestinian Territories,” Middle East Studies Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
July 2013 “Violence, Nonviolence, and Social Media: Trajectories of the Arab Spring,” Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program Annual Conference, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
July 2013 “Academic Reflections on ‘Gay-Saving’ and ‘Women-Saving’ in Palestine,” Human Rights Campaign Summer Institute for Scholars and Theologians, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
February 2013 “‘Gay-Saving and ‘Women-Saving’ in Palestine: Terms of Debate,” Knowledge Production, Ethics, Solidarity Workshop, Brown University, Providence, RI
November 2012 “Pinkwashing from Palestine to Puerto Rico: Colonial Afterlives, Corporeal Control, and Valences of Resistance,” American Studies Association Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico
February 2012 “Re-conceptualizing Power: Alternative Development Paradigms in the Palestinian Territories,” Boston University International Relations Research Conference, Boston, MA
November 2011 “Humanitarians in Bethlehem: Tracing International Donor Policies in the Palestinian Territories,” American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada

Invited Academic Lectures (partial)

March 2020  "Debating Queer Life in the Middle East," Evergreen State College, Religious Studies, Olympia, WA 
January 2020  "The Politics of Humanitarianism in the Palestinian Territories," Georgetown University, Department of Anthropology, Washington, D.C. 
January 2020  "LGBTQ Palestinians and the Politics of the Ordinary," Princeton University, Department of Anthropology, Princeton, NJ 
January 2020  "Paradigm Lost: From Two-State Solution to One State Reality" (with Ian Lustick), University of Pennsylvania, Perry World House, Philadelphia, PA
December 2019 "Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique," Princeton University, Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton, NJ 
November 2019  "The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians," Western Washington University, Western Gallery and Institute for Global Engagement, Bellingham, WA 
November 2019  "The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, Palestinians," University of Washington, Department of Germanics and Israel Studies Program of the Stroum Center for Jewish Studies, Seattle, WA 
November 2019 "Israel-Palestine's New Directions," Lehigh University, Berman Center for Jewish Studies, Bethlehem, PA 
October 2019 "Queer Imaginaries Across the Middle East and North Africa," Gettysburg College, Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program, Gettysburg, PA 
October 2019 "Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique," Columbia Law School, New York, NY 
September 2019  "On Personal Mastery," Bard College, MBA in Sustainability Program, New York, NY 
July 2019  "Jews and Palestinians: Past, Present, and Future" (with Daniel Barenboim and Roni Mann), Kirchner Cultural Centre, Buenos Aires, Argentina
April 2019 “Queer Imaginaries in the Middle East/North Africa,” Occidental College, Department of Political Science, Los Angeles, CA
March 2019 “Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique,” Harvard University, Mahindra Humanities Center, Cambridge, MA
March 2019 “Freedom of Speech and the Question of Palestine,” Brown University, Brown Center for Students of Color, Providence, RI
March 2019 “Counterpoint, Dissent, Exile, and the Palestinian Intellectual,” Edward W. Said Days Lecture, Barenboim-Said Academy, Berlin, Germany
January 2019 “The Moral Triangle: Germans, Israelis, and Palestinians,” Academia for Equality and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Tel Aviv, Israel
November 2018 “The History of Quakerism in Palestine,” Lafayette College, Department of Government and Law, Easton, PA
October 2018 “Critical Development Studies of Occupied Palestine,” Georgetown University, Center for Arab Studies, Washington, DC
October 2018 “Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique,” Sarah Lawrence College, Department of History, Bronxville, NY
October 2018 “Sexual Politics in a Transnational Frame,” New York University, Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, New York, NY
October 2018
"Black-Palestinian Solidarity," University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA 
July 2018 “On Being Queer and Palestinian in East Jerusalem,” Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin, Germany
June 2018 “Sexualities and Queer Imaginaries in the Middle East/North Africa,” Humboldt University, Department of Diversity and Social Conflict, Berlin, Germany
June 2018 “Psychosocial Humanitarianism in the Palestinian Territories: 2010-2018,” Free University of Berlin, Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, Berlin, Germany
June 2018 “Debating Moral Responsibility: Israelis and Palestinians in Contemporary Germany,” Humboldt University, Berlin Institute on Integration and Migration Research, Berlin, Germany
April 2018 "On Heroes and Hope: Nonviolence and Resilience in Israel/Palestine," Wellesley College, Program in Peace and Justice Studies, Wellesley, MA
February 2018 “Queer Palestine and the Empire of Critique,” Temple University, Center for the Humanities, Philadelphia, PA
February 2018 “Palestinian Christians: Past, Present, and Future,” Muhlenberg College, Center for Ethics, Allentown, PA
November 2017 “Engaged Scholarship and the Impostor Syndrome,” University of Delaware, Department of Women and Gender Studies,” Newark, DE
November 2017 “Joining the Struggles against Anti-Semitism, Christianophobia, and Islamophobia,” Haverford College, Quaker Affairs Program, Haverford, PA
October 2017 “Joining the Struggles against Anti-Semitism, Christianophobia, and Islamophobia,” Carleton College, Center for Community and Civic Engagement, Northfield, MN
October 2017 “Palestinian Christians: Past, Present, and Future,” University of St. Thomas, Department of Theology, St. Paul, MN
September 2017 “Creating the Conditions for Change,” Bard College, MBA in Sustainability Program, New York, NY
April 2017 “Arab-Israeli Conflict through Literature and Film,” University of Pennsylvania, Department of History, Philadelphia, PA
March 2017 “Gay and Middle Eastern in Post-Orlando America,” University of Pugent Sound, Gender and Queer Studies Program, Takoma, WA
March 2017 “Gay and Middle Eastern in Post-Orlando America,” University of Delaware, Department of Women and Gender Studies, Newark, DE
March 2017 “Humanitarians of the Holy Land,” Duke University, Department of Anthropology, Durham, NC
February 2017 “Peace After the Peace Process,” University of Pennsylvania, Department of Political Science, Philadelphia, PA
November 2016 “Tel Aviv Nightclubs and West Bank Checkpoints: The Politics of Being Fabulous in then Holy Land,” IvyQ Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
October 2016 “Gay and Middle Eastern in Post-Orlando America,” Emerson College, Department of Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies, Boston, MA
October 2016 “Queer in Translation: Sexual Politics under Neoliberal Islam,” University of Pennsylvania, Middle East Center, Philadelphia, PA
September 2016 “Gay and Middle Eastern in Post-Orlando America,” Villanova University, Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Villanova, PA
September 2016 “Teaching Orlando,” Providence College, Office of Institutional Diversity, Providence, RI
November 2015 “Humanitarianism in Palestine: 2010-2015,” Amherst College, Department of Anthropology, Amherst, MA
November 2015 “Development vs. Humanitarianism: International Aid in Occupied Palestine,” Kenyon College, Program in International Studies, Gambier, OH
November 2015 “Humanitarians of Bethlehem: International Aid in the Palestinian Territories," Haverford College, Program in Peace, Justice, and Human Rights, Haverford, PA
October 2015 “Queer Israel/Palestine and Legal Imaginations,” Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
October 2015 “Queer Struggles and Resilience in the Middle East/North Africa,” Marymount Manhattan College, Department of Politics and Human Rights, New York, NY
October 2015 “Envisioning LGBTQ Rights in the Middle East,” University of Pennsylvania, Middle East Center, Philadelphia, PA
September 2015 “Queering Human Rights,” Harvard University, Gender and Sexuality Caucus, Cambridge, MA
May 2015 LGBT Politics in Israel/Palestine,” University of Chicago, Office of LGBTQ Student Life, Chicago, IL
April 2015 “Humanizing Palestine: History, Context, People,” Connecticut College, Dean of the College Office, New London, CT
April 2015 “Biographies, Intersectionality, and Life in Occupied Palestine,” University of California, Berkeley, Department of Ethnic Studies, “Berkeley, CA
March 2015 Keynote, “Coming Out as Gay, Coming Out as Palestinian,” University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Arab Heritage Month, Ann Arbor, MI
March 2015 “The Politics of Being Fabulous in the Holy Land,” Bates College, Department of Anthropology, Lewiston, ME
February 2015 “LGBTQ+ Activism in the Middle East,” University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Middle Eastern Association, Knoxville, TN
December 2014 “Israel/Palestine and International Law,” Yale Law School, New Haven, CT
November 2014 “Ghosts of Gaza: Life, Death, and Humanitarian Intervention,” MIT, Department of Anthropology, Cambridge, MA
October 2014 “From Ferguson to Gaza: Queer Liberation, Reciprocal Solidarity, and the Black and Palestinian Struggles for Justice,” Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA
October 2014 “Ghosts of Gaza: Life, Death, and Humanitarian Intervention,” Johns Hopkins University, Department of Anthropology, Baltimore, MD
October 2014 “Theorizing Intersectionality: Queer and National Liberation in Israel/Palestine,” Earlham College, Peace and Global Studies Program, Richmond, IN
October 2014 “Understanding the Israel-Gaza War and Beyond,” Providence College, Department of Political Science, Providence, RI
September 2014 “Quakers of Palestine: The History of Quaker Faith and Activism in the Middle East,” Guilford College, Friends Center, Guilford, NC
April 2014 “Tel Aviv Nightclubs and West Bank Checkpoints: The Politics of Being Fabulous in the Holy Land,” Boston College, Department of Sociology, Chestnut Hill, MA
April 2014 “Gender-Based Violence in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” MIT, Department of History, Cambridge, MA
March 2014 March 2014 “Nonviolent Social Movements in Israel/Palestine,” Providence College, Department of Political Science, Providence, RI
November 2013 “Living with Ghosts: Medical Humanitarianism in the Palestinian Territories,” Yale University, Department of Anthropology, New Haven, CT
October 2013 “Bethlehem Blues: Humanitarian Politics in the Palestinian Territories,” Swarthmore College, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Swarthmore, PA
October 2012 “On Heroes and Hope: Nonviolence and Resilience in Israel/Palestine,” Kenyon College, International Studies Program, Gambier, OH
October 2011 “Understanding the Palestinian UN Statehood Bid,” Tufts University, Program in International Relations, Medford, MA
March 2010 “Palestinian Music and Transnational Hip Hop,” Villanova University, Center for Arab and Islamic Studies, Villanova, PA
November 2010 “Narratives and Medical Anthropology,” Birzeit University, Institute of Community and Public Health, Birzeit, West Bank