The Holy land: peace, promises, problems, 1096-1918

Online conference, 30 November 2021.

What were the origins of the struggle for power in the Holy Land after the collapse of the Ottoman empire? What was the relationship between Europeans, Palestinians, Jews and the Holy Land before that moment? And how far back in history should we go to find the roots of European Orientalism, Palestinian nationalism, and Zionism?

Bringing together leading scholars, our conference explores these questions, from the time of the Crusades until the end of the Great War. The event is organised by the Edge Hill final year History class, ‘Seeds of Conflict in the Holy Land’, in collaboration with the International Centre on Racism.

Conference Programme

Chair: Luke Blackburn, Edge Hill University, UK.

14:00 “Conceptualising the Holy Land in the Fifteenth Century: The Unpublished Pilgrimage Account of Fra Mauro Lapi.”

Dr Nicky Tsougarakis, Senior Lecturer in History, Edge Hill University.

Chair: Grace Sellinger, Edge Hill University.

14:30 “Jews and Palestinians in the Late Ottoman Era, 1908-1914: Claiming the Homeland.”

Dr Louis Fishman, Associate Professor of History, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA.

15.00 Break

Chair: Sadiya Mansur, Edge Hill University.

15.15 “Myths, Symbols and Icons in Early Zionism: Ongoing Questions.”

Professor Michael Berkowitz, Professor of Modern Jewish History, University College London, UK.

Chair: Aidan Endacott, Edge Hill University, UK.

15.45 “Thinking through Orientalism with the Bedouin of Mandate Palestine.”

Dr Sarah Irving, Lecturer in International History, Staffordshire University, UK.

Chair: Blayne Hill, Edge Hill University.

16.30 “The Balfour Declaration’s Territorial Landscape: Between Protection and Self- Determination.”

Dr Karin Loevy, JSD Program Manager & Researcher, Institute for International Law & Justice, New York University, USA.

Chair: Ania Wocjik, Edge Hill University.

17.00 “The Origins of a Palestinian Identity.”

Dr Zachary Foster, Director, Product Management, academia.edu, San Francisco, USA.

Chair: Sadiya Mansur, Edge Hill University.

17.30 Panel Discussion: What is the Future for the Historiography on the Origins of Israel/Palestine?

Dr Lorenzo Kamel, Associate Professor of Contemporary History, University of Turin, Italy.

Dr Zachary Foster, Director, Product Management, academia.edu, San Francisco, USA.

Dr Karin Loevy, JSD Program Manager & Researcher, Institute for International Law & Justice, New York University, USA.

Professor Michael Berkowitz, Professor of Modern Jewish History, University College London, UK.

Dr Louis Fishman, Associate Professor of History, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA.

Register here. For any questions, please contact Professor James Renton, Edge Hill University: [email protected]

Organising committee: Sadiya Mansur (Chair), Luke Blackburn, Aiden Endacott, Blayne Hill, Grace Sellinger, Anna Wojcik.

Communications committee: Ayesha Laly (Chair), Stephen Abbott, Alexzandra Cailin Bjornson, Joseph Boner, Emma Cooke, Brandon Hogarth, James Winstanley.

Poster designed by Emma Cooke.