Loubna Qutami and Virginia Tilley, Beyond Settlers and Natives: South Africa and Palestine in Comparison
From Ashley Stockstill
Thursday, November 18, 2021, 4:45—6:15 p.m. ET
LOUBNA QUTAMI, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
VIRGINIA TILLEY, Klingberg Professor of International Relations, Department of Political Science, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
“Beyond Settlers and Natives: South Africa and Palestine in Comparison"
The second installment of ICM's yearlong series, "Settler Colonialism, Sovereignty, Apartheid," with scholars Loubna Qutami and Virginia Tilley, on the conceptual and historical ramifications of comparing South Africa and Palestine.
Loubna Qutami is Assistant Professor in the department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. Qutami is a former President’s Postdoctoral Fellow from the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley (2018-2020) and received her PhD from the Department of Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Riverside (2018). Qutami’s research examines transnational Palestinian youth movements after the 1993 Oslo Accords through the 2011 Arab Uprisings. Her work is based on scholar-activist ethnographic research methods. Qutami’s broader scholarly interests include Palestine, critical refugee studies, the racialization of Arab/Muslim communities in the U.S., settler-colonialism, youth movements, transnationalism and indigenous and Third World Feminism.
Virginia Tilley is Frank L. Klingberg Professor of International Relations in the department of Political Science at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. She has written extensively in books, articles and policy briefs on the comparative politics of indigenous peoples in settler-colonial societies. As project leader, co-author and editor, she supervised a two-year team project for the government of South Africa on whether Israeli policies in the occupied territories match the international law definition of apartheid, later published as Beyond Occupation: Apartheid, Colonialism and International Law in the Occupied Palestinian Territories (Pluto Press, 2012). Most recently, she co-authored with Richard Falk "Israeli Practices towards the Palestinian People and the Question of Apartheid," (2017) a major report commissioned by the United Nation Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (ESCWA).