Research Grants Announcement

In fulfilment of its 2019-2023 programme strategy, the Palestinian Museum (PM) launches its first programme of research and civic engagement. It includes, but is not limited to, book launches, literary events, symposia, panel discussions, workshops, tours, film screenings, an exhibition related conference, and two original publications to document the annual discursive and scholarly outputs, as well as conference proceedings and papers. The research programme aims at driving civic and intellectual engagement, producing and disseminating knowledge about Palestine, and filling knowledge gaps about Palestinian history and culture. read more

Saints and Sanctuaries in Palestine

Wednesday, 29 January 2020, 17:30 - 19:00, In the Palestinian Museum
Speaker: Arpan Roy

Mohammedan Saints and Sanctuaries in Palestine was a book published by the Palestinian doctor and ethnographer Tawfiq Canaan in 1927 for the Journal of the Palestine Oriental Society. Canaan believed that the burgeoning of modernity (and, implicitly, Zionism) was permanently altering the folk culture of Palestine and, thus, brought it upon himself to undertake gargantuan research projects. Mohammedan Saints and Sanctuaries in Palestine is one such project. It is a sometimes meticulous, sometimes ambiguous, and sometimes erroneous detailing of shrine and mosque architecture, Sufi genealogies, village geographies, pantheons of local saints and holy men, and anecdotes from rituals and myths belonging to what Canaan called ‘primitive religion.’ Although sociopolitical changes have nearly extinguished the sanctity of these shrines and sanctuaries—among them, evolving ideas about Islam, and the containment of the movement of people (and, thus, ideas) across Levantine borders after the founding of the Israeli state—the structures and natural features mostly still remain. Focusing on twenty-five shrines, those mentioned in greatest detail by Canaan, this project is a photographic exploration and travelogue of the continuity of these sanctuaries, their sanctity now vacated, in a Palestine that is now truly disappearing.

Bio of the Speaker:
Arpan Roy is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University in the United States. He researches the Romani (‘Gypsy’) people of Palestine and Jordan. His articles have been published in the journals CITY, Anthropological Theory, and Jerusalem Quarterly. He has received grants from the Palestinian American Research Center, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the A.M. al-Qattan Foundation. He is currently developing a long-term art and research project on maqamat (saint shrines), Sufism, and Islamic material culture in Palestine.

Arpan Roy is one of the recipients of AMQF seasonal grants.

The talk will be in English with availability of interpretation.

Landscapes of Palestine: New Perspectives since 1999
Concluding the events and activities around its exhibition, Intimate Terrains: Representations of a Disappearing Landscape, the Palestinian Museum is pleased to invite you to attend a symposium titled ‘Landscapes of Palestine: New Perspectives since 1999’ to be held on Monday 16 December at Muwatin Institute in Birzeit University, room 243 from 10:00 to 17:00.

The symposium aims to deepen the discussion around the Intimate Terrains exhibition and its central themes of Palestinian landscape, its transformations and artistic representations, and our relationship to place. It also investigates topics that expand on these themes. read more

"The Palestinian Museum in Context:

The Role of Museums Worldwide in the Early 21st Century"
Utilizing social change and advances in technology, museums worldwide have been improving programmes to enhance visitors’ experience. Aware of these changes, The Palestinian Museum will present new perspectives on these issues.
Speakers: Reem Fadda, Dr. Myriame Morel, Dr. Mahmoud Hawari.
Moderator: Vera Tamari.
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This Symposium is organised during Qalandiya International encounters.

"The Theme of the Sea in Palestinian Art & Culture"

In Palestine, the presence of the sea in literary and artistic works has been intensified as an inevitable compensation for its absence from daily life. What are the various representations of the sea in artistic works and fictitious narratives? What are the new meanings engendered from the transformation of the sea from a place/actuality/geography into a mysterious spot in the imagination? Why and how do we interpret the sea? And where do we see ourselves in such a metaphor?
Speakers: Dr. Salim Tamari, Khaled Hourani, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Hashhash.
Moderator: Fatin Farhat.
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"At the Seams: A Political History of Palestinian Embroidery"

Curator Rachel Dedman introduces The Palestinian Museum’s first satellite exhibition ‘At the Seams: a Political History of Palestinian Embroidery’, and the research that was undertaken. The panel of guest speakers will explore the history and the political context of Palestinian embroidery from the nineteenth century until today, considering its roles in the Palestinian resistance in the 1970s, the Intifada, and the needle work of contemporary NGOs. The Embroiderers, a film commissioned for the exhibition, will be screened as part of the evening.
Speakers: Rachel Dedman (the exhibition curator), Sliman Mansour, Farida Al ’Amad.
Moderator: Tania Tamari Nasir.
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