The State at stake I: A state of the critique in the Near and Middle-East


Room C103 (Bldg. C, 1st floor)
Paris 8 Saint-Denis University
2, rue de la Liberté — 93526 Saint-Denis

January 24 2018

Room C103
Paris 8 Saint-Denis University

14:00-15:30 — Conference
Naji El Khatib: The State in the Near and Middle East: Political and Epistemological Issues

The intervention will deal with situations in the region by developing a critical reflection on the notions of Identity, Nation, Nation-State, Frontiers according to space-time, geographic locations and social, economic, political and social contexts in the Middle East in general and more specifically with regard to the Palestinian and Kurdish peoples.
It will be proposed to cross the points of view concerning the use of these notions in order to draw up a corpus of reflection concerning the emergence of new political ideas embodied by the post-national theses as possible outcome for the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the end of the current apartheid / occupation system and a guarantee of citizenship outside nationality.
The "national" state desire among Palestinians and Kurds has been and still is confronted with the geostrategic realities of the past and the colonial present. However, a shift is taking place towards Post-nationalism (in Palestine) and Confederalism (in Kurdistan). This turn is concretized by the production of new paradigms to replace the political theories from the days of the wars of national liberation. However, a demystification of democratic and secular discourse and its new paradigms is more than necessary in this historic moment of upheaval in the entire region.

15:30-17:00 — Workshop
Nan Kar Azadi Collective: Reflections on the recent uprisings in Iran

For several days, demonstrations against the political and economic structure of the Iranian government took place in more than 90 cities, despite the fact that under the influence of a militarized state any political demonstration in the street can go up to cost the life.
This uprising is unexpected and incomprehensible to all those who have neglected the protests of the unions of workers, teachers and students of recent years.
This neglect is also due to the invisibilization of mobilizations that took place before this revolt and in which unionists participated (a term that has no equivalent in Persian because unions are not allowed), teachers and teachers. transport sector workers.
The mobilizations also concerned the issue of pensions and the problem of credit companies. For more than a year, the inhabitants of the small towns have appeared in front of town halls and banks, but remained invisible.
According to official figures, over the past 6 months, more than 900 rallies took place in 50 different cities.