Colonial Cartography in Palestine-Israel and the Decolonizing Potential of Counter-Maps

Guest Speaker Zena Agha

Zena Agha is a Palestinian-Iraqi writer, poet and multi-disciplinary artist from London. She is the author of Objects from April and May (Hajar Press, April 2022) and has received fellowships from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Zena’s short film, ‘The Place that is Ours’ premiered on Nowness in November 2021 and was selected for the Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival among others.

The Geography Department is proud to present a lecture about Colonial Cartography in Palestine-Israel and the Decolonizing Potential of Counter-Maps led by Zena Agha on Friday, December 2, 2022 from 2-3P in COR 101A or via Zoom.

This discussion will examine the geographical imaginaries of mapping practices in Palestine-Israel and the potential of counter-mapping in a project of decolonization. Informed by the extensive archive at the Harvard Map Collection, scholarship around the censorship of satellite imagery and the presentation of destroyed villages through interactive maps, the talk examines the ways we have (re)imagined and (re)drawn the land over the past 100 years, particularly around the partition of Palestine in 1948. 

See you there!