A History of False Hope: Investigative Commissions in Palestine
In this event, co-hosted by CBRL and the Educational Bookshop, Lori Allen will present on her latest book, A History of False Hope: Investigative Commissions in Palestine, in conversation with Toufic Haddad.
Based on archival and ethnographic research, this book examines a history of international investigative commissions in Palestine as liberal performances and enactments of international law.
A History of False Hope offers new perspectives on Palestinian political history, and a novel methodology bringing anthropology to the archives and the history of international law.
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The book can be purchased on the Stanford University Press website.
About the speakers:
Lori Allen is Reader in Anthropology at SOAS University of London. Her work has focused on Palestinian society, politics, and history. She is the author of two books, A History of False Hope: Investigative Commissions in Palestine (2020) and The Rise and Fall of Human Rights: Cynicism and Politics in Occupied Palestine (2013), published by Stanford University Press.
Her articles have been published in academic and news journals, including American Ethnologist, Contemporary Studies in Society and History, MERIP, Al-Jazeera, and Sada.
Lori’s most recent contributions include “This Time May Be Different: on the UN commission of inquiry investigating violations in the occupied Palestinian territory” and “The ICC in Palestine: Reasons to Withhold Hope.”
About the chair:
Toufic Haddad is a social scientist whose work focuses on the political economy of development and conflict in the Middle East, and Israel-Palestine in particular.
Before joining CBRL as the Kenyon Institute’s Deputy Director in October 2018, Toufic had an eclectic professional and academic career working as a journalist, editor, publisher, researcher, and consultant.