Registration for the Right of Return Conference taking place at Boston University, April 6-7, is now open. For discounted ticket fees, “Early Bird” registration is open until Friday, March 8th. Register now as fees will increase after this date.
To register for and/or donate to the Conference, please visit http://rightofreturn.
A full conference program will be available on the website soon. The keynote speeches at the conference will be delivered by the following speakers:
- Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, scholar and historian on Palestinian refugee affairs, former member of the Palestinian National Council, author of the “Atlas of Palestine 1917-1966”, Co-founder of the Palestine Land Society (PLS).
- Dr. Joseph Massad, Associate Professor of Modern Arab Politics and Intellectual History at Columbia University
- Nidal Azza, LLM (International Comparative Law), Coordinator of the Resource Unit at the Resource Center for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights (BADIL), Lecturer in Refugee Rights under International Law at al-Quds University
- Liat Rosenberg, General Director of Zochrot, an organization dedicated to raising public awareness of the Palestinian Nakba, especially among Israeli Jews
In bringing together scholars and activists, the Right of Return conference hopes to create a space where we shift from the realm of the abstract and instead address the reality of mitigating and correcting the plight of the Palestinian refugees and the diaspora. Recognizing the historical and contemporary suffering of the Palestinian refugees and the deplorable and oppressive conditions which they face today across the Middle East, the conference committee is motivated by a sense of urgency to further the work of envisioning, imagining, and planning the reality of Return.
The Conference wishes to highlight Right of Return discourses as they exist across the plurality of Palestinian communities around the world, including those in Palestine, the Middle East, and further afield in the diaspora with an eye towards shifting the discourse around Palestine in the US Academy and expanding the discourse about the Right of Return within the United States more broadly. We do not take a position on the issue of one- or two-state solution, but instead seek to open the floor to a multiplicity of visions that may themselves occur within different potential political orders.
Within the frame of this conference, we hope to put forth a vision for an inclusive Palestinian future that centers marginalized Palestinian voices. While asserting the inalienable right of Palestinians to return to and live in their homeland, we also principally affirm the right of Israelis to live in Palestine as well. The Right of Return Conference seeks to be inclusive of all voices implied in the context of a post-Return Palestine.