On Thursday, September 23, UT Austin’s Middle Eastern Studies led a virtual roundtable on Israel and Palestine. May 2021 saw the worst flareup of violence in years in Israel and Palestine. In its aftermath, anger and defiance reigned in the midst of a shaky ceasefire. In the US, mosques were vandalized and Jews attacked in city streets, while the political calculus of the conflict shifted. Where do we go from here? What are we to make of the situation in Israel/Palestine, and what should we consider as we move into an uncertain future? How does this uncertainty impact what we, as academics, bring into the classroom? Key to this event is the understanding of the situation in Israel/Palestine as not only a problem to be solved, but also as a nexus of historical-cultural intersections that are emblematic of the human condition. Rather than asking participants to represent a side of the conflict, this roundtable brought together experts in diverse fields, geographic specializations, and perspectives pertaining to the Middle East region, to collectively reflect on the current situation and they considered how to move forward productively.
Dr. Hina Azam, moderator (Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
Dr. Ahmad Agbaria (Post-Doctoral Fellow, The Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies, Tel Aviv University)
Dr. Samy Ayoub (Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
Dr. Mohammad Mohammad (Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
Dr. Esther Raizen (Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Center for Middle Eastern Studies)
Dr. Jeremi Suri (Department of History, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, LBJ School)
Co-sponsored by: Strauss Center, LBJ School of Public Affairs, Clements Center for National Security, Department of History, Department of Government, Israel Studies | Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies