Reading in Time: On the Question of Palestine

Sherene Seikaly explores how practices of reading and writing, intersect with history, family, and the question of Palestine.

Sherene Seikaly is Associate Professor of History and the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Seikaly's Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford University Press, 2016) explores how Palestinian capitalists and British colonial officials used economy to shape territory, nationalism, the home, and the body. Her  forthcoming book, From Baltimore to Beirut: On the Question of Palestine focuses on a Palestinian man who was at once a colonial officer and a colonized subject, a slaveholder and a refugee. His trajectory from nineteenth century mobility across Baltimore and Sudan to twentieth century immobility in Lebanon places the question of Palestine in a global history of race, capital, slavery, and dispossession. Seikaly is co-editor of Journal of Palestine Studies and co-founder and co-editor of Jadaliyya. 

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