Language, Landscape and Identity in Palestine

Hosted by the LSE Literary Festival

Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building,


Raja Shehadeh

Raja Shehadeh


Professor Craig Calhoun

Raja Shehadeh in conversation with Professor Craig Calhoun will discuss his new book, Language of War, Language of Peace: Palestine, Israel and the search for justice, which explores the politics of language and the language of politics in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reflecting on how the walls that they create - legal and cultural - confine today's Palestinians just like the physical borders, checkpoints and the so-called 'Separation Barrier'. He will also discuss the changes that took place in the landscape of Palestine and the effect of land on the Palestinian identity as well as the difference in the legal narratives of the Israelis and Palestinians and the consequences this has had on the course of negotiations in Oslo and after.

Raja Shehadeh is a Palestinian lawyer and writer who lives in Ramallah, the West Bank. He is a founder of the human rights organization Al-Haq and an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists. His acclaimed books include Strangers in the HouseA Rift in TimeOccupation Diaries and Palestinian Walks, winner of the 2008 Orwell Prize.

Craig Calhoun (@craigjcalhoun) is the Director of LSE.

This event forms part of the LSE Space for Thought Literary Festival 2015, taking place from Monday 23 - Saturday 28 February 2015, with the theme 'Foundations'.

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