Looking forward to talking to Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund at NUI Galway this Thursday about Israeli Civil Society and the Occupation. All are welcome.
#50isEnough: Israeli Civil Society Confronts the Occupation
Daniel Sokatch, CEO of the New Israel Fund
Date/Time: 1.00pm-2.30pm Thursday 18 May
The Bridge, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway
The Occupation is now 50 years old and the current political leadership in Israel seems intent on silencing Israelis who want to see it end. Indeed, the debate over the Occupation – and the damage it is doing to both Palestinian society and Israeli democracy – has been removed from the center of public discourse in Israel. But no problem that is swept under the rug will ever be solved, and Israeli activists are pushing back. We will examine the roots of the conflict and of the Occupation, discuss the impact it has had on both Palestinians and Israelis, and survey some of the strategies Israeli civil society organizations are implementing to challenge the status quo during these challenging times.
Daniel J. Sokatch is the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund (NIF), the leading organization committed to equality and democracy for all Israelis. Before joining NIF, Sokatch served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Prior to his tenure at Federation, he served as the founding Executive Director of the California-based Progressive Jewish Alliance (now known as Bend the Arc).
In recognition of his leadership, Sokatch has been named to the Forward newspaper’s “Forward 50,” an annual list of the fifty leading Jewish decision-makers and opinion-shapers, in 2002, 2005 and 2008 and 2010.
Daniel has an MA from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a JD from Boston College Law School, and a BA from Brandeis University. He is married with two daughters and resides in San Francisco.
Organised by the Queens College Irish Studies Program and the Political Science Department at the CUNY Graduate Center
Wednesday, April 19
The CUNY Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue (34th Street)
Our section on Political Violence at the ECPR general conference in Oslo this year will be the largest yet, with eleven panels and more than fifty papers from academics from all over Europe, North America and beyond (full details below). The Standing Group, which I currently co-convene with my colleague Stefan Malthaner at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, now has almost 200 members. This year’s section includes panels on deradicalisation and ex-combatants, legacies of violence, governance among Jihadi-Salafist Groups, pro-state paramilitaries, repression, peace processes, rebel governance and European counter-terrorism policies, among others.
Memory Wars is the theme of the twentieth annual Divided Societies course for PhD students and other postgrads in the Inter-University Centre in Dubrovnik this year. The course runs from 7-14 May 2017 and the fee is a modest 50 euro. There are regular direct flights from Dublin to Dubrovnik (for those traveling from Ireland) and there is plenty of hostel accommodation in the city for those on a limited budget. Key speakers include Professor Siniša Malešević (UCD). Full details below.
During the Cold War the Inter-University Centre was a meeting place for scientists and scholars from east and west and its first director was the pioneering scholar of peace and conflict studies, Johan Galtung. After the violent break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s a group of academics came together to establish a course on divided societies at the IUC.
The IUC is just a few minutes walk from the spectacularly beautiful walled city of Dubrovnik. Game of Thrones fans will notice that the IUC is very close to a number of familiar ‘King’s Landing’ filming locations.
If you are interested in attending please contact the IUC (details below) but feel free to also email me at niall.odochartaigh[at]nuigalway.ie and let me know. I am a co-director of the course and will try to answer any queries you may have.
INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTRE DUBROVNIK
Don Frana Bulica 4, HR-20000 Dubrovnik, Croatia
Tel: + 385 20 413 626 / 627, Fax: + 385 20 413 628, E-mail: iuc(at)iuc.hr
Post/graduate Course: ‘Divided Societies XX: Memory Wars’
7 – 14 May 2017, Dubrovnik, Croatia
The legacy of violent conflict is at the forefront of contemporary politics in many divided societies where struggles over the past contribute to the regular renewal of tension. On its twentieth anniversary the Divided Societies course examines the memory wars that have become an increasingly important focus of contention in recent decades. It pays particular attention to the Balkans, Northern Ireland and Israel/Palestine, three regions where conflict seemed to have been resolved by peace settlements in the early 1990s but where the past continues to contribute to crises in the present. Struggles over the past were somewhat neglected by the founders of the social sciences, concerned as they were to understand the rupture with the past in the modern era. But the growing reflexivity of the modern age was manifested in part in a search for historical foundations, and the proliferation of commemorative rituals. Since the 1980s there has been a rapid growth in academic analysis of the uses of the past and social memory. The growth of new technologies for information storage and retrieval has given added urgency and importance to the question. If modernity brought intensified reflection on the past, the information age is accompanied by a merging of past and present that helps to prolong the afterlife of conflicts. New technologies provide easy access to primary historical sources, facilitate the proliferation of commemorative discourses and help to keep the past constantly to the fore in contemporary debate. The effect is reinforced by new forensic technologies that allow prosecutions for decades-old actions and make it much more difficult to consign previous conflicts to a separate realm called ‘the past’.
The course examines memory as a resource for political mobilisation and as a source of power and legitimation. It analyses commemoration as a site for the temporal and spatial concentration of struggles over the past and discusses legal approaches to dealing with the past. It looks too at alternative historical mechanisms for dealing with the past.
We encourage the participation of students and scholars in the social sciences, law and humanities and other fields and disciplines studying social phenomena such as divisions, cleavages, conflicts, borders, ethnicity and diversity.
The course provides a rigorous interdisciplinary academic programme structured around lectures, workshops and conference-oriented presentations of scholarly research. Course participants will engage in active discussions on the theoretical, methodological and practical issues of research in divided societies. Graduate and postgraduate students’ presentations are also welcome. In addition, the course offers a personal inter-cultural experience of students and faculty from other contexts in the unforgettable setting of a city that was itself the target of a destructive conflict.
The course offers ECTS credits for PhD and MA students (3-5 ECTS).
Course website: http://www.iuc.hr/course-details.php?id=1003
Course fee: 50 €
Participants in IUC programmes may obtain reduced rates in some Dubrovnik hotels. Please check http://www.iuc.hr/accomodation.php
Saša Božić, University of Zadar, Croatia
Emilio Cocco, University of Teramo, Italy
Lea David, University of Haifa, Israel
Biljana Kašić, University of Zadar, Croatia
Simona Kuti, Institute for Migration and Ethnic Studies, Zagreb, Croatia
Thomas Leahy, National University of Ireland Galway
Siniša Malešević, University College Dublin, Ireland
Niall Ó Dochartaigh, National University of Ireland Galway
Jürgen Pirker, University of Graz, Austria
Ronald Pohoryles, ICCR Foundation, Vienna, Austria
Joseph Ruane, University College Dublin, Ireland
Jennifer Todd, University College Dublin, Ireland
Michal Vašečka, Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic
Daphne Winland, York University, Toronto, Canada
Werner Wintersteiner, Klagenfurt University, Austria
Mitja Žagar, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Viera Žúborová, University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Trnava, Slovakia
A letter in the Irish Times on 5 November 2016 in which I compared Brexit and a possible United Ireland.