Broken Promises? The british empire & the palestine mandate

One-Day Online Conference, 25 March 2021

Organised by the final year EHU BA History class, ‘Empire & the War for the Holy Land’, this one day conference will discuss new research directions on the history of the British Mandate for Palestine, from 1923-1948. Race is an important aspect of the new historiography, and for this reason the conference is organised in partnership with the ICR.

The conference features contributions from world-leading scholars in the field: Rana Barakat (Birzeit), Lauren Banko (Manchester), Sarah Irving (Edge Hill), Arie Dubnov (George Washington), Awad Halabi (Wright State), Roberto Mazza (Limerick), Jacob Norris (Sussex), Steven Wagner (Brunel), Yair Wallach (SOAS).

‘Broken Promises?’ is open to professional scholars and research students working on the history of Palestine, the wider Middle East, or the European empires. Please register here. The conference is part of the class, ‘British Rule in Palestine: Empire & the War for the Holy Land.’

Conference Programme. All times are GMT.

Chair: Shannon Rowe, Edge Hill University.

11.00 Dr Sarah Irving, Edge Hill University, ‘Donations and their Destinations in the 1927 Palestine Earthquake.’ 

Chair: Rosie Wilde, Edge Hill University.

11:45 Dr Lauren Banko, University of Manchester, ‘Indigeneity and Immigration: The Palestine Administration and Settler-Colonialism Viewed Through Immigration Policies.

12.30 Lunch break.

Chair: Daisy McGough, Edge Hill University.

13:15 Dr Jacob Norris, Sussex University, ‘Palestine as a Land of Colonial Development.’

Chair: Amy Armer McKiernan, Edge Hill University.

14.00 Dr Yair Wallach, SOAS, ‘The Racialised Logic of British Palestine Policy.

14.45 Break

Chair: Robert Lang, Edge Hill University.

15:15 Dr Steven Wagner, Brunel University, ‘Signals Intelligence, Anglo-Saudi Relations and the 1939 Palestine White Paper.’

Chair: Harry Ellis, Edge Hill University.

16:00 Dr Arie Dubnov, George Washington University, ‘From Mandate to Partition: Notes on Imperial Containment and Collapse.’

Chair: Jacob Scott, Edge Hill University.

16:50 Panel discussion

What is the Future for the Historiography of the Palestine Mandate?

Dr Lauren Banko, University of Manchester, Dr Rana Barakat, Birzeit University, Dr Awad Halabi, Wright State University, Dr Roberto Mazza, University of Limerick.

18.00 Conference ends.

Conference communications team: Kyle McDonough (Head), Jack Dempsey, James Morris, Callum Stephens-Walker.

Conference organisation team: Amy Armer McKiernan, Daisy McGough, Shannon Rowe, Rosie Wilde, Harry Ellis, Robert Lang, Jacob Scott.

Poster designed by James Morris, Edge Hill University.
Image: ‘ARAB CHILDREN IN THE OLD CITY OF JERUSALEM WHO RECEIVED BREAD DISTRIBUTED BY VOLUNTEER NURSES FROM THE AMERICAN COLONY AFTER THE CURFEW WAS LIFTED‘, by Eric Matson, 22 October, 1938, Wikimedia Commons.