Coloniality, Race and Settler Resistance in Occupied Palestine: A conversation with Orly Noy

12/07/2019 14:00 - 16:00
Old Geology Theatre, Sydney University, Parramatta road (near footbridge)
Address: Edge Worth David Building, Camperdown NSW 2006, Australia


ACRAWSA is happy to present a conversation with Mizrahi (Iranian-Israeli) activist Orly Noy during her visit to Australia organised by the Australian Jewish Democratic Society. Noy will be in conversation with Lana Tatour (UNSW) and Marcelo Svirsky (University of Wollongong).

The conversation will centre on  issues such as the inherent contradiction between a Jewish and a Democratic state, alternatives to Zionism, a state for all its citizens, the future prospects of Jewish National existence in Israel, the Mizrahim and Zionism, and the role of Jewish Israelis as part of the settler colonial hegemony in the Palestinian struggle.

All welcome.

Orly Noy is one of the most insightful and nuanced thinkers in Israeli politics, journalism and activism today. Born in Iran, she engages with Israeli politics and culture through her identity as a Mizrahi (Jews from Arab/Middle Eastern countries) woman, delving into complex issues of identity, history, colonialism, the marginalisation of Mizrahi Jews and the limitations of zionism. Orly is an editor at Local Call, a member of B’Tselem’s executive board and an activist with the Balad political party.  She has previously been active with the Coalition of Women for Peace and the Mizrahi Democratic Rainbow. She is also a translator of poetry from Farsi to Hebrew.

Lana Tatour is an Adjunct Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences, University of New South Wales. She is the recipient of the 2019–2020 Ibrahim Abu-Lughod Postdoctoral Award, awarded by the Center for Palestine Studies at Columbia University. Tatour completed her Ph.D at the University of Warwick and her doctoral research was awarded the Leigh Douglas Memorial runner-up prize for best Ph.D. dissertation on a Middle Eastern topic in the Social Sciences or Humanities by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. She is particularly interested in settler colonialism, critical race theory and Palestine/Israel. Her work published in journals such as The International Journal for Human Rights and Global Discourse, and her writings also appeared in Assafir al-Arabi, ABC Religion & Ethics, Overland Literary Journal and Eureka Street.

Marcelo Svirsky is a Senior Lecturer at the School for Humanities and Social Inquiry, University of Wollongong, Australia. He researches settler-colonial societies particularly Israel-Palestine, and focuses on questions of social transformation and decolonisation. He has published several articles in the journals Cultural Politics, Subjectivity, Intercultural Education, Deleuze Studies, and Settler Colonial Studies among others, and various books and edited collections: Deleuze and Political Activism (Edinburgh University Press, 2010); Arab-Jewish Activism in Israel-Palestine (Ashgate, 2012); Agamben and Colonialism with Simone Bignall (Edinburgh University Press, 2012); Collaborative Struggles in Australia and Israel-Palestine (2014); After Israel: Towards Cultural Transformation (Zed Books, 2014), and he has recently co-authored with Ronnen Ben-Arie From Shared Life to Co-Resistance in Historic Palestine (Rowman and Littlefield International, 2017).

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  • 10/09/2019 13:00 - 10/09/2019 16:00

    Join ACRAWSA for a social sciences week event, co-sponsored by the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation to be held at Deakin University Downtown in Melbourne on September 10 2019, 1-4pm.

    A team of scholar-activists will facilitate a workshop for PhD candidates, ECRs and senior scholars in collaboration with representatives from community organisations to develop an online glossary/wiki for key terms in critical race scholarship in Australia.

    Recognising that much of the language of Critical Race Theory is derived from the US context and applied in others, including Australia and that often the dominant framework neglects the nexus between race and coloniality, this event will start to flesh out terminology that can be of use in our contexts.

    The event is designed for those familiar with and working in critical race scholarship, offering a way to bring together researchers and practitioners to collaborate in an engaging way and to support increasing interest in decolonial research methods in the Australian social sciences.

    Themes to be explored include

    • The deployment of race in Australia
    • Settler colonialism, race & decoloniality
    • Race as epsitemology/ontology
    • Critical intersections of race, gender,
    • sexuality, religion, ability...
    • Critical race work in practice
    • Using CRT in antiracism

    To apply send an email to with a short paragraph on how you use Critical Race in your work by August 19. Please include your dietary requirements. The event is intended for participants who have a working knowledge of critical race terminology and wish to extend their knowledge through discussion with others. The organisers will notify participants by August 23 whether they have been offered a place to attend.

    Social sciences week flyer

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