Forthcoming Events


Past events 

Professor Ilan Pappé 

18th April 2017

Launches his latest book, Ten Myths About Israel, at the Mosaic Rooms, London.

Institute for Research: Middle Eastern Policy  “Israel Lobby and American Policy” conference.

24th March 2017

Professor Ilan Pappé: The value of viewing Israel-Palestine through the lens of settler-colonialism, how Zionist myths have been shaped and/or perpetuated by the Israel lobby, and what framework is necessary to overcome these myths and ensure that efforts to resolve the "conflict" are grounded in reality.

Exeter Branch Historical Association, University of Exeter Student History Society and one selected University of Exeter Research Centre.

6th March 2017

Speakers: Professor Ilan Pappé Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab

Title: History and Politics in Israel and Palestine. The talk will cover the impact of politics on history and historiography in Israel and Palestine, from the emergence of the ‘new historians’ to the Palestinian textbooks controversy.

Visiting Speaker:

19th January 2017

Dr Toufic Haddad, In Palestine Ltd. Toufic Haddad explores how neoliberal frameworks have shaped and informed the common understandings of international, Israeli and Palestinian interactions throughout the Oslo peace process. 

Visiting Speaker: 

10th February 2016

Dr Ghassan Khatib, Birzeit University, Palestine. 'The Deadlock in Palestine: Is there a Way Out?’

Visiting Speaker: 

30th November 2016

Avigail Abarbanel, Fully Human Psychotherapy.  The theory Avigail  discussed has special relevance to understanding the relationship between the individual and the group in general and particularly in the Zionist and Israeli context.

Professor Ilan Pappé  and Dr Nadia Naser-Najjab

11th - 13th April 2016

Presented a joint paper at The Third International Conference and Workshop of the Palestine History and Heritage Project in Copenhagen.  Title: History, Curriculum and Textbooks”.  To develop into a chapter as part of a book project.

Dr. Nadia Naser-Najjab

10th October 2016

Presented a paper in a parliamentary seminar organized by Palestinian Return Centre (PRC).  Pape title, ‘The Two State Solution Discourse and the Issue of the Palestinian Refugees’. The event took place inside the Attlee Suite of the UK Parliament to discuss the prospects of Palestinian refugees in Jordan. The event was hosted and chaired by Dr. Paul Monaghan MP of the Scottish National Party.


10th January 2015

‘EU policy towards Palestine: Reassessment of the Two State Solution.’To be developed into Research Proposal for ERC Funding. 

Conference on Settler Colonialism in Palestine & Workshop on the Naqab Bedouin 

The study of settler colonialism as an historical, geographical and political formation is attracting the attention of more and more scholars around the globe. Our effort will be oriented towards the examination of the settler colonial paradigm’s validity in the context of Palestine. The organisers encourage interdisciplinary and comparative approaches to the study of settler colonialism in Palestine, so as to build bridges between settler colonial studies and other disciplines, as well as to challenge Israel’s alleged exceptionality

A Series of Community Workshops on Oral History in the Naqab

A series of community workshops on oral history were held in cooperation with the Rahat Youth Centre (Markaz ash-Shabab), organised by Dr Mansour Nasasra, (Council for British Research in the Levant, Kenyon Institute Jerusalem), Dr Sophie Richter-Devroe (University of Exeter) and Atwa Abu Frieh (Rahat Youth Centre).

On 5 April 2014 a workshop on oral history was held at the Rahat Youth Centre (Markaz ash-Shabab) with twenty-two BA and MA students from the Naqab. This workshop was part of the AHRC funded project Gender and Settler Colonialism: Women's Oral Histories in the Naqab. 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 to raise their historical awareness and train them in oral history. Please see here‌ for the agenda.

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.


 “Why Should Palestine Still Be an Issue?” By: his Excellency Dr Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority

25th March 2014

The Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies & the European Centre for Palestine Studies (ECPS) received an honoured guest speaker; his Excellency Dr Salam Fayyad, Former Prime Minister of the Palestinian National Authority.  His talk was entitled:“Why Should Palestine Still Be an Issue?”


Dr Uri Davis - The Next Steps for Palestine at the UN.

19th Febraury 2014

Video recording from the event

Key Note Document.


20th Anniversary of the Oslo Agreement

7th - 8th  September 2013

International conference to mark the 20th anniversary of the Oslo Agreement. The 2-day event took place in London. The conference was jointly organized by The Palestinian Return Centre (PRC) and Professor Ilan Pappé representing ECPS.


A talk by Ray Dolphin - UN-OCHA Senior Humanitarian Researcher

4th March 2013

"Humanitarianism and its Discontent: Monitoring the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories”


The Disease of Love, A Medical View of Infatuation in the Medieval Arab World.

23rd January 2013

 A talk by Dr Karmi


Teaching the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - problems and rewards

14th November 2012

Dr Ghada Karmi speaks on teaching the Israel-Palestinian conflict.


Cultures of Resistance - The Case of Palestine and beyond

4th May 2012

This workshop focused on different understandings and forms of resistance practiced in and for Palestine. Please view the workshop agenda for further detail.  Mainstream literature on the Israel/Palestine conflict has often focused on formal politics and avenues of participation while scarce attention has been devoted to cultural politics. This is despite the fact that cultural politics functions as a crucial site of political expression aimed at constructing and deploying ethnicised, racialised, nationalised, religious, class, gendered, and other collective identities. This workshop led to (forthcoming 2014) special issue of Arab Studies Journal  See here for Concept note.


The Invention of the Land of Israel

7th December 2011

talk by Prof Shlomo Sand studied history at the University of Tel Aviv and at the cole des hautes tudes en sciences sociales, in Paris. He currently teaches contemporary history at the University of Tel Aviv.


Negev Bedouin

13th – 14th February 2010

Rethinking the Paradigms: Negev Bedouin Research 2000+ 


Strategies of Survival East Jerusalemite Responses to the Israeli Occupation

1st February 2012

Dr Craig Larkin worked alongside Professor Mick Dumper on a 5 year ESRC funded project, Conflict in Cities and the Contested State: everyday life and the possibilities of transformation in Belfast, Jerusalem and other divided cities. The project talk was part of the project that focused on divided cities as key sites in territorial conflicts over state and national identities, cultures and borders