Envisioning the Postwar: A dialogue with scholars, organizers, and veterans
April 7th, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
New York University
Department of English
244 Greene Street, room 106

To further strengthen the collaboration between scholars, international solidarity organizations, and organizers and individuals living in war zones or under occupation, we are organizing a symposium on reparations and the postwar. In doing so we hope to challenge our national foreign policy discourse, while building a global community that is dedicated to ending war and repairing its harm.

Together with NYU’s Cultures of War and Post-war research collaborative, Iraq Veterans Against the War, the Iraqi Transnational Collective, and the Center for Constitutional Rights, we will be holding a panel discussion with the following speakers:

Nadia Abu El-Haj is a Professor of Anthropology at Barnard College. Her forthcoming book, provisionally titled, The Ethics of Trauma: Moral Injury, Combat, and U.S. Empire, examines the myriad forms and legacies of violence that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have unleashed, and how it is that so many of their attendant horrors remain hidden in plain sight.

Jose Vasquez is the former Executive Director of Iraq Veterans Against the War. He served fourteen years in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged in 2007 as a conscientious objector. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Cultural Anthropology at the CUNY Graduate Center, conducting research on militarization and the politics of veteran status in contemporary American society.

Amnah Almukhtar is a co-founder of the Iraqi Transnational Collective. She is a graduate of Fordham University where she double majored in International Studies with a Middle East concentration and Philosophy, and is completing a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. She is also Administrative and IT Associate at the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

Kali Rubaii is a PhD student in Social Anthropology and she is a co-founder and Director of the Islah Reparations Project. Kali’s research focuses on the ethics of war and violence, and the impact of occupation and counterinsurgency on rural communities in Iraq and Palestine. In 2014 and 2015, she led several trips to bring reparation to refugee camps in Iraq.

Sinan Antoon is an Iraqi poet, an award winning novelist and translator, and an Associate Professor at New York University. His best known works include The Corpse Washer, I’jaam: An Iraqi Rhapsody, and Ya Maryam. He is also a co-founder of the cultural and political ezine Jadaliyya.

Patrick Deer is an Associate Professor of English at New York University. Patrick has written extensively on the topic of war culture, including his book Culture in Camouflage: War, Empire and Modern British Literature; and he is a co-organizer of the Cultures of War and Post-war research collaborative at NYU.He is working on a book project on contemporary US war culture and war literature, Surge and Silence: Understanding America’s Culture of War.

Our panelists will respond to the following questions: How can we work together towards a postwar world? What are the obstacles that we face? And what sort of work is already being done? Their presentations will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.

Together we hope to raise awareness about the needs of Iraqis, Syrians, and Palestinians, about what is being done to support them, and about what they are doing to take back control of their futures. Out of this discussion we hope that ideas for new forms of resistance, repair, and solidarity will emerge along with a vision of how we can work together towards a postwar world.

To expand the reach of this visionary, community building, and truth telling effort, please give reparations here and select our fund “Reparations Symposium at NYU” to cover technology and media costs. Spreading an understanding of the power of reparations and building a community that is dedicated to its practice is essential to increasing the impact of our work. We ask you to join us in building a global reparations community.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP here.


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