Gender and Settler Colonialism: Women's Oral Histories in the Naqab

Lead Research Organisation: University of Exeter
Department Name: Arab and Islamic Studies

Abstract

This feminist oral history project analyses Naqab Bedouin women's changing political activism against Israeli rule from 1948 to the present through women's own narratives. Although Naqab women have played (and continue to play) a crucial role in their community's struggle against Israeli settler-colonial policies, their historical accounts have so far received little attention. Failing to understand that 'the personal is political,' mainstream historiography often misrepresents women as politically inactive, and their accounts as irrelevant, apolitical, or even factually incorrect.

Based on ca. 100 video- and audio-recorded oral testimonies of Naqab women (collected by the PI and a local assistant during 8 months fieldwork) this project proposes a gendered 'history from below' of the Naqab Bedouin as an alternative to official (largely archive-based) Israeli historiography, as well as other male and elite-dominated master-narratives. Doing so, it contributes to emerging 'indigenous' oral history projects on the Naqab (e.g. Nsasra, 2010), and the broader work of Israeli revisionist historians (Pappé, 1988; Shlaim, 1988). Preserving oral testimonies is crucial: survivors of the Nakba, i.e. witnesses of the 1948 expulsion, are becoming few. Given that Naqab Bedouin culture is largely based on orality, the life stories, historical narratives and cultural knowledge of elderly Bedouin women are likely to be lost, if not recorded now.

The collected data will be analysed through the theoretical lens of settler colonialism. Israeli control relies on the continuous elimination/resettlement of the indigenous population, and re-inhabitation of the land with Israeli settlers (e.g. Yiftachel, 2008). Following recent theorising on gender and settler colonialism (Settler Colonial Studies, 2012b), this study proposes that Israeli military, sedentarisation, modernisation, transfer and other settler-colonial policies have transformed local gender norms and practices. Such a heoretical frame warrants comparison with Palestinian women's activism in the West Bank, which - like Naqab Bedouin's - takes place within and against varying forms of settler colonialism. This comparative analysis, which relies on secondary literature and original fieldwork data collected by the PI during her PhD research in the West Bank, will contribute insights to the burgeoning theorising in the field of gender and settler colonialism.

The recordings will be preserved in the physical and virtual Negev Bedouin Heritage Archive, leaving a local legacy, strengthening the community's cultural, political and historical consciousness, and serving as a widely accessible resource for the general public. Additional outcomes include a documentary film, a community-oriented workshop in the Naqab, two academic/policy-oriented workshops in the UK and US (involving Amnesty International, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues), an international academic conference (leading to an edited volume of Nomadic Peoples Journal), a monograph, and a journal article.

Based at Exeter University under the mentorship of Prof. Pappé, the project contributes to the European Centre for Palestine Studies' work on Naqab Bedouins and oral history. In 2010 the PI co-organised the first international conference on the Naqab Bedouins (proceedings to be published by Routledge) and recently Prof. Pappé won an AHRC grant on "A Common Archive for 1948 Palestine." The project also relies on intensive international cooperation in the Naqab (Rahat Center for Young Adults and NGO Step Forward), and in the US (Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University).

Proposing a methodology new to this context (feminist oral history) to research an understudied empirical field (the Naqab) from a novel theoretical lens (gender and settler colonialism), the project will make important contributions to gender, settler-colonial, Palestine and broader Middle East studies.

Planned Impact

This project engages different non-academic stakeholders: 1) the local Naqab Bedouin community, 2) international development practitioners and policy-makers, 3) the broader public (particularly Palestine and feminist activist groups, but also other research-interested publics).

The local community is at the heart of this project. Collecting and analysing Naqab Bedouin women's oral testimonies, the project aims at writing a 'history from below' which counters mainstream colonial and male-dominated historiography. The project relies on collaboration with the local project partner 1 (Rahat Center for Young Adults), local project partner 2 (NGO Step Forward), and two local assistants (for fieldwork and filmmaking). Other community members will be involved through participation in a local workshop on the uses of oral history for community empowerment (Impact Activity 1) and as consultant. By producing an original dataset of ca. 100 Naqab Bedouin women's oral testimonies, which will be integrated into the local Negev Bedouin Heritage Archive (Impact Activity 2, Digital Output 6), the project aims to make their voices heard and recognised by the wider public in Israel/Palestine, the UK and beyond. The Archive, through its physical and virtual space, will create a publicly accessible database, useful not only for other researchers, policy-makers, activists, journalists etc, but also for the Naqab Bedouin community itself. By creating a local legacy and resource base it can strengthen the community's historical, political and cultural consciousness, and thus its struggle against Israeli discriminatory policies for a just future. It is crucial that this Archive includes women's activism and female voices from the community.

Members of the international community, mainly US- and UK-based policy-makers, advocacy activists and development practitioners, will feed into the research process through two policy-oriented workshops in New York and London (Impact Activity 3, 4). With the adoption of the UNGA Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007, the Naqab Bedouins have received increased international attention (e.g. in 2012 the UK Taskforce on Issues relating to Arab Citizens in Israel organised a study trip to the Naqab; in 2011 UK Minority Rights Group International held a panel on "Israel's Denial of the Bedouin" in the Houses of Parliament). Yet, policy-making so far has largely neglected the gendered aspects of indigenous struggles. Identifying this gap, a recent UN International Expert Group Meeting on Combating Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls (Jan 2012) called for more research on indigenous women. Responding to this call, this project aims to contribute to developing gender-sensitive policy recommendations for indigenous community's struggles for rights and recognition, focusing on its case study of Naqab women.

The general public will be reached through the Archive (see above), and a documentary film on Naqab Bedouin women's politics (Impact Activity 5, Digital Output 5). The film will engage three target audiences (mainly in the UK) with different aspects of the research: the Palestine activist community will be familiarised with the Naqab case; the feminist community with indigenous/Palestinian women's struggles against discrimination; and other research-interested publics with the broader research approach (oral history) and its key findings. The film will be shown at appropriate festivals, workshops and events. The PI will attend ca. 10 such events to facilitate discussions with the audience. Although gaining ground in legal, advocacy and policy-oriented forums, few from the general public know about the plight of Naqab Bedouins in Israel. The film aims to raise wider awareness, integrating the case of the Naqab into broader Palestine activism and motivating the general public to engage in solidarity activities for improving the situation of Naqab Bedouins, especially wome

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AlJahdali S (2018) "The Land is Mine": Elias Khoury Writes Back to Leon Uris in Interventions

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Shalhoub-Kevorkian N (2016) The Biopolitics of Israeli Settler Colonialism: Palestinian Bedouin Children Theorise the Present in Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies

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Nsasra, Mansour, Ratcliffe, Richard, Richter-Devroe, Sophie, Rabia-Quedar, Sarab Abu (2014) The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives

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Richter-Devroe S (2016) The Politics of Representation: The case of the Naqab Bedouin in Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies

 
Title Documentary Film 
Description The project's documentary film 'Islam's Wedding...and other Bedouin Stories from the Naqab' (produced by Yiannis Kanakis) focuses on strategies of cultural endurance and resistance. The film traces the stories of different Bedouin residents of Rahat and Laqiya, two Bedouin townships in the Naqab. Music and dance, as well as other types of oral and embodied performances, are essential in negotiating (inventing, codifying, embodying, etc.) older and newer collective and individual identities. They thus provide excellent tools in approaching today's sensitive transitionary period in Naqab Bedouin history. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact In 2015/2016 the documentary film (or parts of it) was screened at festivals and different venues internationally, including Ohio, New York, Washington, Istanbul, Florence, Rahat, Exeter and Athens. It has strongly enhanced the project's outreach to non-academic audiences and generated requests for further screenings and information on the Naqab. 
 
Title Photography Exhibition 
Description The photography exhibition 'On Palestine' (by Annie Pfingst, Goldsmith University) apprehends landscapes of ruination and geographies of resistance, including the remains of 1948 Palestinian villages, the Wall, the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the Naqab. 
Type Of Art Artistic/Creative Exhibition 
Year Produced 2016 
Impact 'On Palestine' was launched at the Exeter Phoenix on 26 January 2016, and then exhibited at the Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter from 28th January to 8th March 2016. It will be exhibited in the Walkway Gallery, Exeter Phoenix, from 24th May to 25th June 2016. Future exhibitions are planned. The exhibition has raised awareness about the Naqab among non-academic audiences and furthered interest in the topic. 
 
Description This project constitutes the first in-depth English-language study of Naqab Bedouin women's historical accounts, as expressed through oral narratives and embodied performances. It is based on a large set of ethnographic material collected in several months of fieldwork in the Naqab by the PI, supported by local research assistants. During the duration of the grant (Feb 2014-Feb 2016) the project achieved its major aims of:

1) Collection and analysis of original empirical data from the Naqab, leading to academic publications. The scholarly outputs provide a 'history from below' based on so-far neglected women's voices from the community, and, as such, counter mainstream colonial and male-dominated historiography of the region.

2) Disseminating the findings to different audiences (see also impact) through:
a. Organisation of the project's three main academic and policy-oriented events: a 3-day international conference on Palestine, the Naqab and Settler Colonialism at Exeter University (October 2015), an international workshop on 'Representations of Indigeneity: the Case of the Naqab Bedouin' at Columbia University, New York (April 2015), and a policy-oriented event on the Naqab, jointly organised with Minority Rights Group and School of Advanced Studies, London (October 2015). Through these events, and the publications that result from them, the network of scholars working on the Naqab was strengthened, and the field of Critical Naqab Bedouin Studies established more firmly in Palestine, Settler Colonial and Middle East Studies.
b. Several talks and public events, including a photography exhibition and screenings of the project's documentary film in different locations internationally. Through these events non-academic audiences were reached, raising their awareness and knowledge about the Naqab.

3) Involving the local community through a series of oral history workshops and events in the Naqab. This has raised strong interest among the community, and several follow-up projects initiated by members and organisations of the community on the topic of oral history are now under way.
Exploitation Route The scholarly community, particularly in the field of gender studies, Palestine studies, Middle East studies, settler colonialism studies and indigenous studies, might be interested in building on the findings and arguments put forward in this research.

Policy-makers, advocacy workers and development practitioners, can benefit from the specific insights gained in this research on Naqab Bedouin women's struggles and situation.

The local community will take the oral history initiatives further, building on the awareness-raising and training undertaken in the community by the PI and consultant during this project.
Sectors Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/research/projects/details/index.php?id=328
 
Description Additionally to its academic outreach, this project reached and engaged different non-academic stakeholders: 1) the local Naqab Bedouin community, 2) international development practitioners and policy-makers, 3) the broader public. The local community was at the heart of this project. During several months of fieldwork the PI, local consultant and local research assistants collected original empirical material and worked to raise awareness for oral history among the community through the organisation of a series of workshops and events. Several young local scholars were trained in oral history methodology. More generally, through these initiatives and events, the local community became more familiar with and interested in oral history as a tool to strengthen historical, political and cultural consciousness. Oral history initiatives and projects are now being further developed and taken forward by the community. Among those is a collaborative scholarly publication in Arabic on oral history in the Naqab, comprising articles by the PI, project consultant, as well as scholars and students from the Naqab. Development practitioners, policy-makers and advocacy activists were reached through a workshop jointly organised with Minority Rights Group and School of Advanced Studies in London. While, after the Prawer Plan, the Naqab case has gained attention in policy-making, development and advocacy circles, our workshop put Naqab Bedouin women's voices, which so far had received little attention, centre-stage. The workshop fostered debate, requests for further information and potential future collaborative projects. The UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee's cited the "The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives" (Routledge, 2014) in its report on The FCO's human rights work in 2013, pointing to the urgent need to address recent developments in the Naqab. A wider non-academic audience was reached through several public talks and other engagement activities. In particular, the screening of the project's documentary film at different festivals and public venues in Europe, the US and Turkey, as well as a photography exhibition, displayed so far in two venues in the UK, provided the general public with information about the Naqab case. At these events, the audience requested additional information on the project, on the situation in the Naqab, and on ways to get involved.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Communities and Social Services/Policy,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal

 
Description Citation of publication "The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism" (Routledge, 2014) in UK House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee's report on The FCO's human rights work in 2013;
Geographic Reach Asia 
Policy Influence Type Citation in other policy documents
URL http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201415/cmselect/cmfaff/551/551.pdf
 
Title Collection of fieldwork material (Naqab Bedouin women's oral histories) 
Description A large set of original fieldwork material (mainly audio and visual material, interviews, and fieldnotes from participants observations), on which the publications for this project will be based, was collected during fieldwork in the Naqab by the PI with support from local research assistants. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact Main primary data that will serve as the basis for the publications in this project. 
 
Description Collaboration with 2 Local NGOs in Rahat, Israel, for organisation of community-oriented oral history workshop series 
Organisation Rahat Center for Young Adults
Country Israel 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Academic planning of programme and content (PI and consultant) for oral history workshop series in the Naqab, which included 2 oral history workshops, a study trip to East Jerusalem, a panel talk with oral historians and local Bedouin students at Rahat library. Organisation of events (PI and consultant) Presentations on gender and oral history, and orality and sound in oral history (PI) Presentations on oral history in the Naqab (consultant). Training and supervision of student participants in the workshop series (PI and consultant). Invitation of scholars to present at the workshop.
Collaborator Contribution Administrative and logistical planning of the two events. Provision of room, transport and IT facilities.
Impact Community-oriented workshop series on oral history with BA and MA students from the Naqab. The first community-oriented workshop on oral history was held on 5 April 2014 at the Rahat Youth Centre (Markaz ash-Shabab). The workshop engaged and trained members of the local community in oral history and created a dialogue between members, scholars, and representatives of the community. It targeted specifically younger members of the community (BA and MA students) to raise their historical awareness and train them in oral history. International scholars and experts on the topic were invited to present. Given the strong interest which this first workshop generated a series of follow-up events on oral history in the Naqab were organised. On 26th April 2014 Ahmad Amara, New York University, gave a presentation to students on his fieldwork-based research project in the Naqab, focusing on methodological challenges. On 21 March 2015 a study trip to Jerusalem was organised for ca. 20 Naqab Bedouin students. The students were given guided tours and lectures at the Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature (its library, archive, and cultural center) as well as at the Palestinian Heritage Museum of Dar al-Tifel in East Jerusalem. The study trip initiated discussions, and raised interest in the possibilities and challenges of creating an oral history archive in the Naqab. On 9 January 2016 a panel discussion with oral historians and students who participated in the oral history workshop series was organised at the Rahat library. Participants included: Prof Mustafa Kabha (Open University), Dr Safa Aburabia (Mandel Center), Dr Mansour Nasasra (consultant), Atwa Abu Frih (Markaz ash-Shabab, Rahat), Sophie Richter-Devroe (PI), and students who had participated in the oral history workshop series and presented some of their findings.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Collaboration with 2 Local NGOs in Rahat, Israel, for organisation of community-oriented oral history workshop series 
Organisation Step Forward
Country Israel 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Academic planning of programme and content (PI and consultant) for oral history workshop series in the Naqab, which included 2 oral history workshops, a study trip to East Jerusalem, a panel talk with oral historians and local Bedouin students at Rahat library. Organisation of events (PI and consultant) Presentations on gender and oral history, and orality and sound in oral history (PI) Presentations on oral history in the Naqab (consultant). Training and supervision of student participants in the workshop series (PI and consultant). Invitation of scholars to present at the workshop.
Collaborator Contribution Administrative and logistical planning of the two events. Provision of room, transport and IT facilities.
Impact Community-oriented workshop series on oral history with BA and MA students from the Naqab. The first community-oriented workshop on oral history was held on 5 April 2014 at the Rahat Youth Centre (Markaz ash-Shabab). The workshop engaged and trained members of the local community in oral history and created a dialogue between members, scholars, and representatives of the community. It targeted specifically younger members of the community (BA and MA students) to raise their historical awareness and train them in oral history. International scholars and experts on the topic were invited to present. Given the strong interest which this first workshop generated a series of follow-up events on oral history in the Naqab were organised. On 26th April 2014 Ahmad Amara, New York University, gave a presentation to students on his fieldwork-based research project in the Naqab, focusing on methodological challenges. On 21 March 2015 a study trip to Jerusalem was organised for ca. 20 Naqab Bedouin students. The students were given guided tours and lectures at the Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature (its library, archive, and cultural center) as well as at the Palestinian Heritage Museum of Dar al-Tifel in East Jerusalem. The study trip initiated discussions, and raised interest in the possibilities and challenges of creating an oral history archive in the Naqab. On 9 January 2016 a panel discussion with oral historians and students who participated in the oral history workshop series was organised at the Rahat library. Participants included: Prof Mustafa Kabha (Open University), Dr Safa Aburabia (Mandel Center), Dr Mansour Nasasra (consultant), Atwa Abu Frih (Markaz ash-Shabab, Rahat), Sophie Richter-Devroe (PI), and students who had participated in the oral history workshop series and presented some of their findings.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Visiting Scholarship at Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University 
Organisation Columbia University
Department Center for Palestine Studies
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Organisation of international workshop on "Representations of "Indigeneity" in Settler-Colonial Contexts: The Case of the Naqab Bedouin" on 10 April 2015 as part of a series of events on settler colonialism at Columbia University, New York. Presentation of the project's initial findings in the workshop (PI and consultant). Publication of workshop proceedings in special issue on the Naqab, Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies (May 2016).
Collaborator Contribution During this collaboration scholars from the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University, in particular the PI's host Prof. Lila Abu Lughod, provided important intellectual input for the project, as well as for the jointly organised workshop. The staff of the CPS facilitated the organisation of the workshop through administrative and logistical support and also arranged library and IT access during the Visiting Placement for the PI. The Visiting Placement provided and excellent opportunity for the PI to discuss her initial research findings with the scholarly community in Columbia University, and with participants in the workshop.
Impact 1) Jointly organised international workshop on "Representations of "Indigeneity" in Settler-Colonial Contexts: The Case of the Naqab Bedouin" on 10 April as part of a series of events on settler colonialism at Columbia University, New York. 2) Publication of selected papers from the workshop as a special issue on the Naqab Bedouin in Journal of Holy Land and Palestine Studies (forthcoming May 2016). 3) Immersion in and feedback from the scholarly community in Columbia University and workshop participants on the project and its initial findings.
Start Year 2015
 
Description 3-Day International Conference on Settler Colonialism in Palestine & Workshop on the Naqab Bedouin, Exeter University, 2-4 October 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This 3-day international conference hosted renowned speakers in the field of Palestine and Settler Colonialism Studies, attracted an audience of ca. 80 delegates, and stimulated debate on the topic far beyond the conference itself. A publication based on the conference is under preparation. The conference also generated requests for further information and future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/events/details/index.php?event=4712
 
Description Book launch and presentation, Mada al-Carmel, Haifa, 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Book launch of "Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives" on 20 November 2014. The project's consultant (Mansour Nasasra) and other contributors to the book presented their findings. The launch was followed by a Q&A session with the audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://mada-research.org/blog/2014/11/%d9%86%d8%af%d9%88%d8%a9-%d8%a8%d9%85%d9%86%d8%a7%d8%b3%d8%a8%...
 
Description Book launch at Kenyon Institute, Jerusalem 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This was the launch of the book "The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism", edited by Sophie Richter-Devroe, Mansour Nsasra, Richard Ratcliffe, Sarab Abu Rabia-Queder, Routledge, 2014.
The presentation was followed by questions and discussions with audience. It generated further interest in the topic and requests for future talks. The presentation was audio-recorded and is accessible online.

A second book launch event was requested at the Mada al-Carmel, Arab Centre for Applied Social Research, to be held in November 2014.
Scholars in the audience requested to review the book.
The Educational Bookshop, Jerusalem, sold several copies of the book at the event.
The event was reported in the local media: http://www.panet.co.il/online/articles/1/2/S-856309%2c1%2c2.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSHgWKtZiK4
 
Description Book review of publication "The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives" (Routledge, 2014) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Book review on the publication "The Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives" (Routledge, 2014), published on Electronic Intifada in October 2015
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://electronicintifada.net/content/demystifying-palestines-overlooked-bedouins/14938
 
Description Lecture and Film Screening, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Lecture to ca. 70 postgraduate students at the Doha Institute for Graduate studies, using primary audio-visual material and other findings collected in this project. The lecture sparked questions and discussions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Media report on Columbia workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Report in Arabic-language local media on the project's workshop held at Columbia University. This media report generated further interest from the local community in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.geran.co.il/show-1-23246.html
 
Description Media report on Columbia workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Report in Arabic-language local media on the project's workshop held at Columbia University. This media report generated further interest from the local community in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.bokra.net/Article-1295240
 
Description Media report on Columbia workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Report in Arabic-language local media on the project's workshop held at Columbia University. This media report generated further interest from the local community in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.alarab.com/Article/676802
 
Description Media report on Ethnofest, Athens, Greece 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media report on Ethnofest, ethnographic film festival in Athens, which selected and screened the project's documentary film. This is one of the most widely read Greek event press.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.athinorama.gr/cinema/article/6o_festibal_ethnografikou_kinimatografou_tis_athinas-2510578...
 
Description Media report on book launch at Mada al-Carmel, Haifa, 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Report in local Arabic-language media on book launch at Mada al-Carmel, Haifa.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.arabs48.com/?mod=articles&ID=1147467http://www.arabs48.com/?mod=articles&ID=1147467
 
Description Media report on book launch, Kenyon Institute 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Report in Arabic-language media on launch event of the edited book Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives, edited by Mansour Nsasra, Sophie Richter-Devroe, Richard Ratcliffe, Sarab Abu Rabia-Queder, Routledge, 2014.

Report in Arabic-language media on launch event of the edited book Naqab Bedouin and Colonialism: New Perspectives, edited by Mansour Nsasra, Sophie Richter-Devroe, Richard Ratcliffe, Sarab Abu Rabia-Queder, Routledge, 2014. Members in the local community requested further information, and a local library in Al-Hura purchased several copies of the book.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.panet.co.il/online/articles/1/2/S-856309%2c1%2c2.html
 
Description Media report on oral history workshop, Naqab 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Arabic language report in local media on workshop on oral history in the Naqab.

Report in local media on workshop on oral history in the Naqab. This media report generated further interest in the event, and a continuation of the workshop was requested by various members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://www.ashams.com/art/147942/?????_???_?????_??_????_????_???
 
Description Media report on panel discussion on oral history, Rahat, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Report in local Arabic-language media on panel discussion on oral history, held at Rahat library, January 2016. The report generated further interest from the local community in the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.akkanet.net/Article.php?ID=46083
 
Description One-day cross disciplinary gender workshop, Exeter 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Presentation on impact and engagement activities in this project to other colleagues and students at Exeter University by the PI. The talk generated interest from other participants (colleagues and postgraduate students), who asked for future information and support in their own grant applications.

Presentation on impact and engagement activities in this project to other colleagues. My talk generated interested from other participants (colleagues and postgraduate students), who asked for future information and support in their own grant applications.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Oral History workshop series, Rahat, Naqab 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two community-oriented workshops on oral history were held in April 2014 at the Rahat Youth Centre (Markaz ash-Shabab) with ca. 25 BA and MA students from the Naqab. The workshops engaged and trained members of the local community in oral history and created a dialogue between members, scholars, and representatives of the community. It targeted specifically younger members of the community (students) to raise their historical awareness and train them in oral history.



This was the first time that a workshop on this topic was organised in the Naqab, and it generated a lot of interest in the community. At the request of the participating students and NGOs, we (PI and consultant Mansour Nsasra) are planning future events to develop this into a oral history workshop series.

The launch event on 5 April was attended by international scholars and experts, and was reported in the local media.
See http://www.ashams.com/art/147942/?????_???_?????_??_????_????_???
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
URL http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/research/centres/palestine/eventsandworkshops/
 
Description Oral History workshop series, study trip to Jerusalem, 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact On 21 March 2015 a study trip to Jerusalem was organised for ca. 25 Naqab Bedouin students, all participants in the project's community-oriented workshop series. The students were given guided tours and lectures at the Issaf Nashashibi Center for Culture and Literature (its library, archive, and cultural center) as well as at the Palestinian Heritage Museum of Dar al-Tifel in East Jerusalem. The study trip initiated discussions, and raised interest in the possibilities and challenges of creating an oral history archive in the Naqab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://socialsciences.exeter.ac.uk/iais/research/projects/details/index.php?id=328
 
Description Oral history workshop series, panel discussion, Rahat, Naqab 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On 9 January 2016 a panel discussion with oral historians and students who participated in the oral history workshop series was organised at the Rahat library. Participants included: Prof Mustafa Kabha (Open University), Dr Safa Aburabia (Mandel Center), Dr Mansour Nasasra (consultant), Atwa Abu Frih (Markaz ash-Shabab, Rahat), Sophie Richter-Devroe (PI), as well as students who had participated in the oral history workshop series, and presented some of their findings.
The event was widely attended and generated discussions in the community about further initiatives and developments of an oral history archive in the Naqab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Panel presentations on the Naqab Bedouin at WOCMES 2014 Ankara 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Panel organisation at WOCMES 2014 conference in Ankara. Panel presentations generated questions and discussions afterwards.

After the panel, future publication plans were discussed with members of the panel and audience.
There panel was reported in the local media in the Naqab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentation American Anthropological Association (AAA), Denver 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in Panel on "Palestine-Israel, Archaeology, and BDS: Practicalities on the Ground" at AAA meeting, 20015, Denver. The panel was very well attended, and further discussions on the topic developed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Presentation at Doha Institute for Graduate Studies, Qatar, 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of the project in Workshop on "Critical Concepts in the Humanities and Social Sciences", jointly organized by Doha Institute for Graduate Studies and Freie Universitaet, Berlin, 18-20 February 2018. The presentations sparked questions and discussions, and further requests for information on the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.dohainstitute.edu.qa/EN/News/Pages/Critical-_Concepts-_Humanities-_Social-Sciences.aspx
 
Description Presentation at Khartoum University, Sudan, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by the PI on the project at Khartoum University, Sudan. The presentations sparked questions and discussion, and led to further requests for information on the project and its findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation at the Library of Congress, Washington DC. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Project presentation and screening of parts of the project documentary film at the African and Middle Eastern Division of the Library of Congress, Washington DC by the PI and consultant. The event was video-recorded and uploaded to the LOC website where it has been accessed widely.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.loc.gov/today/cyberlc/feature_wdesc.php?rec=6773&loclr=rssloc
 
Description Presentation in 3rd Annual International Conference on Demography and Population Studies, ATINER, Athens, Greece 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of project in 3rd Annual International Conference on Demography and Population Studies, ATINER, Athens, Greece in June 2016. The presentations sparked questions and debate, and further requests for information on the project and its results.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation in Conference on Social and Cultural History in the Arab World, Turkey and Iran: Theories, Methods, and Themes, Doha, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation of the project in Conference on "Social and Cultural History in the Arab World, Turkey and Iran: Theories, Methods, and Themes" at Qatar University. The presentations sparked questions and discussions, and further requests for information on the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Presentation in Conference on Writing Women's Lives, Georgetown University, Qatar, Doha, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by the PI on the project at Georgetown Qatar in Conference on "Writing Women's Lives". The presentations sparked questions and discussion, and led to further requests for information on the project and its findings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://qatar.sfs.georgetown.edu/faculty/faculty-conferences/writing-womens-lives-conference
 
Description Presentation of project at 1st Franco-British Research Workshop, "Delving Back into the Past to Look into the Present and Future", France, 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in 1st Franco-British Research Workshop "Delving back into the Past to Look into the Present and Future" 16th and 17th January 2015, France. This workshop was jointly organised by Labex and the AHRC's Care for the Future. It strengthened working relations between participants, and generated discussions about potential future collaborations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.passes-present.eu/sites/default/files/sites/all/programme_provisoire_-_draft_programme.pd...
 
Description Presentation, Middle East Studies Association, Annual Conference, Boston 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation by the PI of the project's results in the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) Annual Conference in Boston, 2014, which sparked questions and discussion as well as requests for further information on the research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://mesana.org/mymesa/meeting_program_abs.php?pid=2a609a337134c70bcd31fcad5c0a62ab
 
Description Presentation, Middle East Studies Association, Annual Conference, Washington DC, 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in MESA roundtable on Oral History, MESA Annual Conference, Washington DC, 2014. Presentation of the project's initial findings by the PI.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Presentation, National Women's Studies Association, Annual Conference, Puerto Rico, 2014 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Organisation of panel on "Women's Activism in Stateless Nations: A Comparison between the Palestinian and Kurdish Case" at the 2014 NWSA Annual Meeting in Puerto Rico. Presentation on initial project findings by the PI. Initiatives for further collaboration and publication of panel papers in an edited journal.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2014
 
Description Project documentary film screening and panel discussion, European University Institute, Florence, 25 January 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Screening of project documentary film combined with panel discussion on the Naqab by PI and consultant at the European University Institute on 25 January 2016. The screening triggered debate and interest for further information on the Naqab case.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Project documentary film screening and presentation at IFEA Istanbul 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Project documentary film screening and presentation at IFEA Istanbul in December 2015. The event sparked discussion and debate, and requests for further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.ifea-istanbul.net/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=5017%3Asophie-richter-devroe-gende...
 
Description Project documentary film screening and talk, Denison University, US 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Project documentary film screening and presentation at Denison University, US. Discussion and questions after the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Project documentary film screening at Edinburgh Arab Festival, part of Edinburgh's Fringe Festival, August 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Project documentary film screening at the Edinburgh Arab Festival on 29 August 2015. This Festival is part of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The screening was followed by a Q&A with the PI, and sparked questions and discussions, as well as requests for further screenings in other venues.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://edarabfest.co.uk/events/the-naqab-bedouin-change-and-continuity-film-screening-discussion/
 
Description Project documentary film screening at Ethnofest, Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project's documentary film was selected for and screened at the renowned Ethnofest, Athens Ethnographic Film Festival, November 2015. The event was attended by a large audience from the general public, but also policy-makers, artists, and professional practitioners active and known in the field of visual anthropology, film-making, Palestine studies and diplomacy, journalism, etc. The screening was followed by a Q&A session with the film maker, the festival director and the PI, in which the audience expressed strong interest in the film, the research project and the topic in general, This festival was widely reported in the Greek press.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.ethnofest.gr/en/all-movies/364-2015-films/2015-panorama/606-islams-wedding
 
Description Project documentary film screening, Exeter Phoenix, 26 January 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Project documentary film screening at Exeter Phoenix, 26 January 2016. The Screening was followed by a Q&A session with Prof. Ilan Pappe (Exeter University), Dr. Annie Pfingst (Goldsmith University) and the PI. It attracted a large audience, a lively debate, and requests for future screening and further information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/islams-weddingand-other-bedouin-stories-from-the-naqab
 
Description Project photography exhibition On Palestine at P21 Gallery, London, UK. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Between the 27th June and the 15th July 2017, P21 hosted the project's exhibition of photographs "On Palestine" by artist/scholar Dr. Annie Pfingst (Goldsmith University). On Palestine -2007-2016 apprehends the lives and landscapes, histories and narratives of Palestine and Palestinians through encounters with the architectures and technologies of dispossession and oppression in the ruination of Palestinian space, including the Palestinian villages of 1948, the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the militarised carceral geography of the Naqab. On Palestine brings into our field of vision that which is disappeared, buried and under threat of destruction. Tenacity, resilience and life exist alongside loss and grief.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2006,2017
URL http://p21.gallery/exhibitions/past-exhibitions/on-palestine/
 
Description Project photography exhibition On Palestine in 2nd International Conference for Carceral Geography, Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Project's photography exhibition 'On Palestine' was presented as part of Dr Annie Pfingst's (Goldsmith University) exhibition "Visual encounters: colonial carceral geographies" at the 2nd International Conference for Carceral Geography, Birmingham, December 2017."Visual encounters: colonial carceral geographies" brings photographs of remnants, of architectures and technologies of oppression, control and containment, of emergency landscapes and geographies of resistance encountered across the militarised carceral geographies of colonial Kenya and the multiple geographies of Palestine. Photographs exhibited are extracted from On Palestine 2007-16, Petition 2016/17 and Remnants, Landscapes and Archives 2013-15
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://carceralgeography.com/conferences/2nd-international-conference-for-carceral-geography-11-12-...
 
Description Project photography exhibition On Palestine, 24 May- 25 June 2016, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, UK 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The photography exhibition 'On Palestine' (by Annie Pfingst, Goldsmith University) apprehends landscapes of ruination and geographies of resistance, including the remains of 1948 Palestinian villages, the Wall, the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the Naqab.

'On Palestine' was launched at Exeter Phoenix on 26 January 2016 and exhibited in the Walkway Gallery, Exeter Phoenix, from 24th May to 25th June 2016. The exhibition has raised awareness about the Naqab among non-academic audiences and furthered interest in the topic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/annie-pfingst/
 
Description Project's photography exhibition 'On Palestine' at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The project's photography exhibition 'On Palestine' (by Annie Pfingst, Goldsmith University) apprehends landscapes of ruination and geographies of resistance, including the remains of 1948 Palestinian villages, the Wall, the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the Naqab.

The exhibition was shown from 27 January to 12 March 2016 at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. It had a wide spectatorship of members (staff and students) of the University, as well as visitors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/events/details/index.php?event=5402
 
Description Project's photography exhibition 'On Palestine', Exeter Phoenix, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Opening of project's photography exhibition "On Palestine" (by Annie Pfingst, Goldsmith University) on 26 January 2016 at Exeter Phoenix. The exhibition apprehends landscapes of ruination and geographies of resistance, including the remains of 1948 Palestinian villages, the Wall, the Occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, and the Naqab.

The exhibition will be shown at the Phoenix Walkway Gallery in Exeter from 24 May to 25 June 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.exeterphoenix.org.uk/events/islams-weddingand-other-bedouin-stories-from-the-naqab/
 
Description Workshop on "Representations of "Indigeneity" in Settler-Colonial Contexts: The Case of the Naqab Bedouin", Columbia University, April 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The workshop was organized by Sophie Richter-Devroe (PI), Prof. Lila Abu-Lughod (Columbia University), Mansour Nasasra (project consultant) and Richard Ratcliffe (Oxford University). It took place on 10 April 2015 as part of a series of events on settler colonialism at Columbia University, New York. It aimed at contextualising and critically discussing the various ways in which the Naqab Bedouin have been and are being represented, paying particular attention to more recent, often claimed to be 'indigenous' or 'decolonising', discourses. Several international experts on the topic were invited and presented during the workshop. The project's documentary film was also screened and discussed. The workshop generated discussion and debate on the topic, resulted in requests for further information and future collaborations, and produced a publication of selected workshop papers in a special issue of the Journal for Holy Land and Palestine Studies (May 2016). It is documented on the Columbia and Exeter University websites, and was also reported in local Arabic-language media in the Naqab.

It is documented on the Columbia and Exeter University websites, and was also reported in the local Arabic-language media in the Naqab.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.palestine.mei.columbia.edu/cps-spring-2015-events/2015/4/9/representations-of-indigeneity...
 
Description Workshop on Naqab Bedouin, jointly organised with School of Advanced Studies and Minority Rights Group. London, 2015 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This half-day event on the Naqab Bedouin was jointly organised with Minority Rights Group, and the Human Rights Consortium at the School of Advanced Studies.

The event aimed to raise awareness and further interest among policy-makers, development practitioners and scholars on the Naqab case. The event provided a platform for local Naqab Bedouin women, in particular from the younger generation, to voice their viewpoints and bring attention to their forms of activism in the Naqab Bedouin's struggle. All speakers were prominent local activists engaged in local and international advocacy of different kinds. They provided analysis and up-to-date information of recent developments in the Bedouin land struggle since the Prawer Plan, and also brought to a wider audience the political narratives, agendas and imaginaries of a new generation of younger female Bedouin activists.

The event was video-recorded and can be accessed on the SAS website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/events/videos-and-podcasts/search?keys=Naqab&tid=All