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Omar Tesdell: Nature Reserves, Territory, and the Question of Palestinian Cultivation
Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Beginning mid-nineteenth century, first French and Ottoman officials, and later British officials set aside significant tracts of land for environmental conservation in the Arab world. The convention was continued under subsequent Jordanian administration of the West Bank. In fact, nature areas remain one of the largest classifications of land in the Palestinian West Bank today, covering more than 30 official reserves, or about 5 percent of the land area. This little-known legacy reveals the enduring and contested status of protected conservation areas in Historic Palestine. Recent scholarship on the topic has elucidated the establishment of forest and nature reserves in Palestine and connections with other British colonial sites. However, little is known about the relationship between conservation programs and affected Palestinians. This paper explores the contested status of protected areas through the articulation of official conservation programs and Palestinian cultivation practice in the West Bank.

Time: 5:00 pm
Location: Olin 304
Sponsor: Environmental and Urban Studies Program; Historical Studies Program; Human Rights Project; Middle Eastern Studies Program
Contact: Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins.
Phone: 845-758-7201

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