The Naksa Fifty Years Later: New Sources, Questions and Approaches to the ‘67 War


Thu - Fri, Mar 30 to Mar 31, 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Williams James Hall, Lecture Hall B1, Lower Level, 33 Kirkland St, Cambridge, MA

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies presents a conference

On the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the June 1967 War, this event seeks to explore new approaches to understand and rethink this pivotal and transformative moment in the history of the modern Middle East. At stake is the search for new sources that can shed light on the war and its long term repercussions for Arab societies.

Organized by: William Granara, Professor of Arabic, Director, Center for Middle Eastern Studies; and Khaled Fahmy, Shawwaf Visiting Professor in Modern Middle Eastern History; Professor of History, American University of Cairo


Thursday, March 30
4:00  WelcomeWilliam Granara, Professor of Arabic, Director, CMES
         Introduction: Khaled Fahmy, Shawwaf Visiting Professor in Modern Middle
         Eastern History

4:15 - 6:15 Panel ITransformations in Literature
Chair: Ilham Makdisi (Northeastern Univ)

William Granara (Harvard): Rereading War[s] in the Land of Egypt
Laila Parsons (McGill): Ghassan Kanafani Between Literature and History
Daniel Behar (Harvard): ‘Thou shalt not join the Zealots;’ responses to the Six-Day War in Israeli literature
Haci Osman Gunduz (Harvard): Nizar Qabbani: ‘A Poet Transformed Instantly’

6:15 - 7:15 Keynote AddressElias Khoury, Novelist, Lebanon: The Defeat and the Continuing Nakba

Friday, March 31
9:30 - 12:30 Panel II:
Chair: Roger Owen (Harvard)

Betty Anderson (BU): Student Mobilization after 1967
Bassam Haddad (George Mason): Internecine Struggles and the 1967 War: The Syrian Case
Sherene Seikaly (UCSB): The Politics of Hope: 1967 and Beyond
Yoav di Capua (U Texas Austin): Toward an Intellectual History of 1967

2:00 - 4:30 Panel III:
Chair: Sara Roy (Harvard)

Hazem Kandil (Cambridge Univ, UK): Blood, Folly, and Sandcastles: June 1967
Khaled Fahmy (Harvard & AUC): How do we know what we know about the June 1967 War? The case of the withdrawal order

Closing Conversation: Khaled Fahmy and Derek Penslar (Harvard)

Contact: Liz Flanagan