A History of False Hope: Investigative Commissions in Palestine

In this speaker event, Lori Allen presents 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.



About the speaker:

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 booksA 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 HistoryMERIPAl-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.


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