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The Political Geography of Israel/Palestine: Contemplating Confederation, by Oren Yiftachel

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The School of Built Environment and the Department of Urban and Regional Planning invite you to a public address by visiting Professor Oren Yiftachel.

Tuesday 9 September 2014
6 pm – 7.30 pm (Light refreshments served from 5.30pm)
Bankwest Theatre, John Curtin Building 200A Curtin University, Kent Street, Bentley
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The lecture analyses the evolving geography of Israel/Palestine and outlines a series of future scenarios, which revolve around a de-colonised Israel-Palestine confederation. The theme is set within a comparative framework drawing specific reference to the histories and geographies of other confederations. It highlights the contested meanings of Zionism and the changing nature of Palestinian nationalism and resistance. The struggle over the very same homeland is explored through political geographic theories of post-colonialism, democratisation, redistribution and recognition.

Professor Oren Yiftachel is a scholar of international standing in urban and regional planning and human geography, who currently teaches at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba, Israel. His research develops critical understandings of space, power and conflict, with particular focus on relationships between legal and policy settings, land and ethnic relations. He has published over 120 articles and 13 academic books, and has been translated into seven languages. A Curtin alumnus, he has worked as a planning practitioner and activist in both Australia and Israel.

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