Colonial discourses in the curriculum – TUFP event

  • 16 Jun 2022
  • 7:30pm
  • Webinar
  • Organised by Trade Union Friends of Palestine

The INTO invites interested parties to a free Zoom seminar this Thursday evening entitled, Colonial discourses in the curriculum: Palestine, Israel, and the challenge to pedagogy

This event is organised by Trade Union Friends of Palestine (Education Union Group) and features the following expert speakers:

  • Mike Jennings, IFUT: 19.30 – 19.45 Exploration of conflict in the curriculum
  • Dr Benjamin Mallon, DCU: 19.45 – 20.15 Colonial censorship of the Palestinian curriculum
  • Prof Nurit Peled-Elhanan and Dr Samira Alayan: 20.15 – 20.30 Discussion
  • Dr John Reynolds, Academics for Palestine: 20.30 – 20.45 Academics for Palestine, what we do and why we matter

Mike Jennings

Mike Jennings is a former General Secretary of the Irish Federation of University Teachers. He served with distinction in this role and made a lasting contribution to the wider trade union movement, serving for many terms on the Executive Committee of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. On his retirement from IFTU, he was designated ‘Distinguished Associate of Education International. He has formerly served as Treasurer to the Education Trade Union Committee for Education.

Dr Benjamin Mallon

Benjamin Mallon is Assistant Professor in Geography Education in the Institute of Education, Dublin City University. Ben has expertise in geography, global citizenship and sustainability education and coordinates with a particular focus on pedagogical approaches that address conflict, challenge violence and support the development of peaceful societies. He is co-director of the DCU Centre for Human Rights and Citizenship Education.  He is also a Board member of the IDEA – the Irish Development Education Association.

Professor Nurit Peled-Elhanan

Nurit Peled-Elhanan is Professor of Language Education and Social Semiotics in the School of Education, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a distinguished human rights activist in Israel and in 2001 she was co-laureate of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought awarded by the European Parliament. Her research interests are children’s writing and schoolbooks, classroom discourse, multi-culturalism and racism in education. She is known for her research on the portrayal of Palestinians in Israeli textbooks: her 2012 book, ‘Palestine in Israeli School Books: Ideology and Propaganda in Education’, is an authoritative study widely cited internationally.

Dr Samira Alayan

Samira Alayan is Senior Lecturer and Researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Lecturer at David Yellin Teacher College. Her field of research includes education in conflict societies, textbooks, and identity, as well as women and gender roles in the Middle East. Her 2019 book, ‘Education in East Jerusalem: Occupation, political power and struggle’, received widespread acclaim.

Dr John Reynolds

John Reynolds is an Associate Professor in the Department of Law in Maynooth University. His research focuses on questions of international law in relation to colonialism, emergency, race and political economy. His 2017 book, Empire, Emergency and International Law won the Kevin Boyle Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship. John is a long-standing member of Academics for Palestine, a key aim of which is to build the academic boycott of Israel.

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