Israel/Palestine: Mapping Models of Statehood and Paths to Peace

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Conference Presentations (Video/Audio)

Monday, June 22

Keynote Speaker: Professor Jeremy Webber, University of Victoria

"Past Injustice, Agonistic Encounter, and the Construction of Community among Those Who Have Nothing in Common"


Tuesday, June 23

9:00- 10:45

Plenary I: Is a Two State Model Just and Viable?

Dining Hall

Chair: Prof. Fred Zemans, York University

Prof. Leila Farsakh, University of Massachusetts Boston

The Economic Underpinnings of the One State Solution in Israel/Palestine

Prof. Chaim Gans, Tel Aviv University

Ethno-cultural Nationalism, Sub-statist Self-determination, and a Two-State Model for Israel/Palestine

Prof. Sammy Smooha, Haifa University

The Position on Two-State Solution of the Palestinian-Arab and Jewish Citizens in Israel




Plenary II: Is a One State Model Just and Viable?

Dining Hall

Chair: Prof. Courtney Jung, University of Toronto

Ali Abunimah, Palestine Center

Challenging the Consensus Favoring the Two-State Model

Prof. Marc Ellis, Baylor University

Can the Imagined and Real Jewish Civil War Point Beyond the One State/Two State Dichotomy? Unravelling Jewish Particularity as a Path of Solidarity


Prof. Dan Rabinowitz, Tel Aviv University and Central European Universtiy

The Third Option: A Sharia State?


Lunch & Keynote Address

Dining Hall

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Mazen Masri, York University

Keynote Address: Prof. Ian Lustick, University of Pennsylvania

Thinking the Unthinkable: Perhaps There is No Solution


Concurrent Panel I: Between the Status Quo and the Future: What are the Possible Outcomes?

York Hall, Room 204

Chair: Prof. Sabah Al-Nasseri, York University

Omar Barghouti

A Secular Democratic State in Historic Palestine: Reconciling the Inalienable Rights of the Indigenous with the Acquired Rights of the Settlers

Jeff Halper, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Working Around the Occupation: Towards a Two State-Plus Approach - A Middle East Economic Confederation

Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh, Bethlehem University

One State: Durable and Achievable Peace


Concurrent Panel II: Religion, Culture and State

York Hall, Room 172

Chair: Prof. Francois Tanguay Renaud, York University

Prof. Yakov Rabkin, Universite de Montreal

Evolution of Jewish Identities and Its Effects on the One-State Solution

Naeem Jeenah, University of Witwatersrand

Islamic Approaches to the Question of Palestine

Dr. Orit Kamir, Hebrew University

Can Two Honor-Based Cultures Unite Under “Human Dignity” or “Equality'?


Concurrent Panel III: Conflict Resolution: Comparative and Problem Based Approaches

York Hall, Room 129

Chair: Prof. Joseph Carens, University of Toronto

David Berlin

The Problem with Solutions

Prof. Rudhramoorthy Cheran, University of Windsor

Internal Self-Determination as an Alternative to a Unitary State: The Case of Tamils in Sri Lanka

Prof. Jennifer Todd, University College Dublin

One State or Two? Anticipating Opportunities for and Obstacles to Identity Shift
































Concurrent Panel I: International Legal Dimensions

York Hall, Room 204

Chair: Prof. Obiora Okafor, York University

Prof. Michael Mandel, York University

What Does International Law Have to Say About the Question of One State or Two?

Prof. Jean d’Aspremont, University of Amsterdam

The Incompatibility between Contemporary International Law and the Potential Solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Prof. Jeff Handmaker, Institute of Social Studies

Swallowing the Bitter Bill: A Socio-Legal Approach to Resolving the Impasse Between Israel and the Palestinians


Concurrent Panel II: Comparative Approaches : South Africa

York Hall, Room 129

Chair: Prof. Shin Imai, York University

Prof. Abigail Bakan, Queen’s University / Prof. Yasmeen Abu-Laban, University of Alberta

Israel/Palestine and Apartheid South Africa: Implications of the Comparison for the "One-state Solution” in the Middle East

Prof. Heribert Adam, Simon Fraser University

South African Lessons for Israeli Palestinian Peace Making

Naeem Jeenah, University of the Witwatersrand (co-authored with Salim Vally, University of the Witwatersrand)

The National Question and a future Israeli/Palestinian state and society: Comparisons with South Africa


Concurrent Panel III (Emerging Scholars): The Practical and Theoretical Underpinnings of a Just Solution

York Hall, Room 172

Chair: Prof. Nadim Rouhana, Tufts University

Michael Bloch, University of Geneva

Theoretical Underpinnings of the Binational State Model

Marco Allegra, Turin University / Paolo Napolitano, Turin University

Two states or not two states? That is not the question (yet)

Prof. Reecia Orzeck, University of Vermont

Equality, Justice, and Possible Models of Statehood



Wednesday, June 24

9:00 - 10:45

Plenary III: Beyond the One State vs Two States Debate

Dining Hall

Chair: Prof. Reem Bahdi, University of Windsor

Dr. Meron Benvenisti

The Durable Status Quo

Prof. Micheline Ishay, University of Denver / Prof. David Kretzmer, Hebrew University

Reclaiming Human Rights: Alternative Paths to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (Kretzmer /Ishay)

Prof. Nadim Rouhana, Tufts University

Beyond the One State - Two States Debate



Concurrent Panel I: Palestinian Refugees and the Right of Return

York Hall, Room 204

Chair: Prof. Emeritus Elia Zureik, Queen’s University

Discussant: Prof. Sharry Aiken, Queen’s University

Hazem Jamjoum, Badil Resource Centre for Palestinian Residency & Refugee Rights

The Rights of Palestinian Refugees Between One-State and Two-State Solutions

Dr. Na’ama Carmi, Haifa University

Palestinian Return and Resolution of the Israel/Palestine Conflict


Concurrent Panel II: History of Federal, Binational and Other Models of Statehood

York Hall, Room 129

Chair: Prof. David Schneiderman, University of Toronto

Prof. Bruce Ryder, York University

Justice Ivan Rand, UNSCOP and Federal Proposals in Israel/Palestine

Prof. Gershon Shafir, University of California at San Diego

Capitalist Binationalism in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Rafeef Ziadah, York University

From ‘One-Secular-State’ to ‘Two-State-Solution’: Tracing the Transition inside the PLO



Lunch & Keynote Address

Dining Hall

Introduction of Keynote Speaker: Prof. Bruce Ryder, York University

Keynote Address: Prof. George Bisharat, University of California

Between Utopianism and Realism: Evaluating Obstacles to the One and Two State Solutions


Concurrent Panel I: Regional Issues: Economy and the Environment

York Hall, Room 172

Chair: Prof. Atif Kubursi, McMaster University

Omar El-Khairy, London School of Economics and Political Science

The Virtualisation of Palestinian Sovereignty: The City State Solution

Adam Hanieh, Zayed University

The Regional Economy and Paths for Statehood in Israel/Palestine

Prof. Stuart Schoenfeld, York University

Nature Knows No Boundaries?


Concurrent Panel II: Gender, Citizenship and Identity

York Hall, Room 129

Chair: Prof. Himani Bannerji, York University

Prof. Nergis Canefe, York University (presented by Noora Sharrab)

The Future of Palestinians in Refugee Camps in the Middle East: Citizenship, Belonging and Memory

Prof. Smadar Lavie, Macalester College

Two States or One? Mizrahi Feminism, the "Peace Process," and the Struggle forĀ PalestineĀ 

Dr. Vanessa Farr, UNDP Programme of Assistance to the People of Palestine

“'All the men are terrorists and all the women are victims’: The impacts of narrowed gender identities in post-incursion Gaza”


Concurrent Panel III: Ethnographic Encounters

York Hall, Room 204

Chair: Prof. Susan Drummond, York University

Prof. Efrat ben-Ze'ev, Ruppin Academic Center

Mental Maps of a Contested Territory: Spatial Perceptions of Citizens of Israel- Palestinian Arabs and Jews

Prof. Sharry Aiken, Queen's University

Field Notes from a Conference Organizer

Prof. Jasmin Habib, Univeristy of Waterloo

Israel/Palestine Cyberactivism: Memory, History, Place



Concurrent Panel I: Constitutional Models and Transitions

York Hall, Room 204

Chair: Prof. Audrey Macklin, University of Toronto

Prof. Tsvi Kahana, Queen’s University

A Constitutional Transition to Bi-Nationalism: “Practice and Theory”

Prof. Michael Lynk, University of Western Ontario

Partition, Federalism and the Future of Israel/Palestine

Nimer Sultany, Harvard University

Justice and Legitimacy of Constitutional Design


Concurrent Panel II: Transitioning into a New Era

York Hall, Room 129

Chair: Jennifer Nedelsky, University of Toronto

Dr. Bashir Bashir, Hebrew University / Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

Politics of Reconciliation and the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict

Prof. Uri Davis, Al-Quds University

Land, Zionist National Institutions, and the Right of Return of the Palestinian Refugees

Mazen Masri, York University

The Land Question

Zinaida Miller, Brown University

Cautionary Tales of Transitional Justice



Concurrent Panel III (Emerging Scholars): Critical Analysis of the Peace Process and the Challenges to Peace

York Hall, Room 172

Chair: Prof. Smadar Lavie, Macalester College

Noora Sharrab, York University

A Critical Look at the Middle East Peace Process

Giulia Daniele , Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna

A Single Israeli-Palestinian Land: Coexisting from a Gender Perspective

Ariel Babinsky, Columbia University

Collective Memory and the Two State Solution


Closing Reflections

Chair: Prof. Sharry Aiken, Queen’s University

Prof. Leila Farsakh, University of Massachusetts Boston

Prof. David Kretzmer, Hebrew University


Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council