This talk considers versions of binationalism from the 1940s in relation to the changing definitions of Zionism, focusing on the emergent understanding of Palestinian dispossession and self-determination. How do we understand the “bi” of binationalism? Is it two nations or the critique of nationalism? Can it be thought separately from either the one state or two state “solution”?
This lecture was given at the Edward Said Memorial Conference, which focused on Edward Said’s legacy and paid tribute to the 10th anniversary of his passing. Each day of the conference featured renowned speakers and established academics on Edward Said’s work. Major attention was paid to cultural activities that resounded with Said’s vision in combining scholarship with the Arts so as to support the quest for justice, self-determination and equality.