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Dear friends and colleagues, You are cordially invited to attend two events at the ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry (http://www.ici-berlin.org ), in cooperation with the Zentrum Moderner Orient (http://www.zmo.de ): Workshop Memories of Palestine: The 1948 Nakba 14 March 2013 The year 1948 is marked as the year of the Nakba, or Catastrophe, in Palestinian and wider Arab popular memory discourses. The Nakba saw the conquest of Palestine and the establishment of the state of Israel through the expulsion of more than half of historic Palestine's population, and the destruction of Palestinians' cultural, social and political institutions in the conquered territories. Once a rallying cry for the pan-Arab liberation movements of the 1950s and 1960s, the Nakba has today been relegated to a secondary place in the Palestinian Authority's state-building project, despite the Palestinians' ongoing colonized and stateless reality. This workshop will examine the new meanings and significations of the past/present Nakba (Catastrophe) for Palestinian refugees in Syria, Lebanon and the "internal" refugees within the state of Israel, as narrated through their memories of an unresolved past in an unresolved present. It will raise questions around the absence of the Nakba from the literature on loss and trauma, the articulation of Nakba memories by internal refugee women as a form of resistance, and the Nakba itself as a site of competing and shifting significations and meanings. Further information: http://www.ici-berlin.org/event/478/  Podium discussion What Future Now? The Palestinian Refugees and the Arab Uprisings 15 March 2013 During times of turmoil and upheaval in the Arab world, the political vulnerability of Palestinian refugee communities is exacerbated in myriad ways. Precedents were set in Lebanon, Kuwait, Libya and Iraq, and the Arab uprisings have been no exception. The wars first in Libya and later in Syria have now opened new chapters for the Palestinian refugee communities in both countries. This podium discussion asks, where are the Arab uprisings now, after two years of revolutions, wars and ongoing upheaval? How have Palestinian refugees been impacted by these uprisings? Today, with approximately five million refugees registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, Palestinian refugees comprise the world's largest refugee population. They continue to be unable to exercise the right - provided for in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194 - to return to their homes and lands in the state of Israel. Most continue to live in Arab states or under Israeli occupation, while a small minority are internally displaced within the state of Israel. What is the future now for Palestinian refugees in view of the uprisings and the Palestinians' six-decade-old unresolved statelessness? Further information: http://www.ici-berlin.org/event/479/  Registration for the workshop closes on 7 MARCH 2013, no registration is required for the podium discussion. For registration and any other queries please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Links: ------  http://www.ici-berlin.org  http://www.zmo.de  http://www.ici-berlin.org/event/478/  http://www.ici-berlin.org/event/479/ Posted by: "Anaheed Al-Hardan" <email@example.com>