September 25 2019: Comparative Settler Colonialism

photo of Rana Barakat and J. Kēhaulani Kauanuia conversation between Rana Barakat (via Skype) & J. Kēhaulani Kauanui

September 25, Wednesday, 6 to 7:30 pm

20 Cooper Square, 4th Floor

Rana Barakat, History & Archaeology, Birzeit University, Palestine

Kēhaulani Kauanui, Anthropology and American Studies, Wesleyan University

Globally, settler colonialism is a present reality not confined to its violent history. The continuing impact of settler colonial practices and institutions continue to shape our political, economic, social and cultural present. J. Kehaulani Kauanui and Rana Barakat (by Skype from Birzeit University in Palestine) will examine this global reality by thinking comparatively across settler colonial landscapes including the Americas, the Pacific Islands, South Africa and Palestine. 


This event is free & open to the public. Venue is wheelchair-accessible.

For more information about this event, please contact the NYU Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.

Co-sponsored by the NYU Center for the Study of Gender & Sexuality and the Department of Social & Cultural Analysis.


Rana Barakat is Assistant Professor of History and Contemporary Arab Studies at Birzeit University in Palestine. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago writing about popular politics and resistance in early twentieth century Palestine. Her research interests include the social history of Jerusalem, colonialism, and revolutionary social movements.

Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Anthropology at Wesleyan University. She is also a radio Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity producer, and the author of: Hawaiian Blood: Colonialism and the Politics of Sovereignty and Indigeneity (Duke University Press 2008); Paradoxes of Hawaiian Sovereignty: Land, Sex, and the Colonial Politics of State Nationalism (Duke University Press 2018); and Speaking of Indigenous Politics: Conversations with Activists, Scholars, and Tribal Leaders (University of Minnesota Press 2018).