Situated Voices 31

Voices for Palestine against the World’s Militarisation

Thursday, 16 May 2024 - 7 pm
Admission

Free, until full capacity is reached

Place
Nouvel Building, Auditorium 200, and online platform
Capacity
144 people
Language
Spanish with simultaneous interpreting into English
Organised by
Museo Situado, GRIGRI, Centro de Creación e Investigación Cultural La Tortuga y TEJA. The Network of Cultural Spaces in Support of Emergency Situations
Women in the Dheiseh refugee camp, Bethlehem, West Bank (Palestine), October 2023. Photography: Julio Zamarrón
Women in the Dheiseh refugee camp, Bethlehem, West Bank (Palestine), October 2023. Photography: Julio Zamarrón

For decades and particularly since the escalating genocide in Gaza in October 2023, scores of collectives and people have supported the cause of the Palestinian people and their resistance against colonial practices of violence, control and apartheid brought to bear by the Israeli State in the form of daily war. In response to this emergency, the assembly of Museo Situado, made up of social collectives from the Lavapiés neighbourhood in Madrid, in which the Museo Reina Sofía also participates, devotes this thirty-first edition of Situated Voices to thinking collectively, from this context, about the forms of opposition to the war in Gaza — and all wars — as well as strategies of support and solidarity with the Palestinian people.

Wars operate as patriarchal instruments which dominate, colonise and control bodies and livelihoods, dramatically transforming the modes of inhabiting the planet and causing irreparable eco-social damage. As demonstrated by the conflicts in Ukraine, Burkina Faso, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, Myanmar and Syria, wars are perforated by complex frameworks of interests and collusion from political and economic powers, among them the powerful arms industry.     

In response to questions on what citizens can do to support the Palestinian people and how they can organise against world destruction, Museo Situado assembles different specialists such as Sarah Babiker, Mai Al Bayoumi, Nadwa Abou Ghazalah González, Yayo Herrero López, Olga Rodríguez and Flavia Introzzi to share their analyses and political practices and thereby contribute to collectively building a future of justice, reparation and peace in Palestine and around the world.

This particular edition of Situated Voices takes place inside the programme Critical Thinking Gatherings. International Solidarity with Palestine, which is organised jointly by the Museo Reina Sofía and TEJA. The Network of Cultural Spaces in Support of Emergency Situations, in solidarity with the Palestinian people and as a plea for peace.

Participants

Sarah Babiker is a journalist who specialises in gender, with a focus on the world’s souths, and collaborates with spaces and media committed to social transformation. She has lived in Italy, Morocco and, most of all, Argentina, and currently writes for El Salto, CTXT and Tribuna Feminista.

Mai Al Bayoumi is an activist and Palestinian dance instructor in Madrid, and a social support worker who works specifically with homeless women. Born in a refugee camp in Egypt, her family live in Gaza. She is a member of different Palestinian organisations and a member of the Laila Jaled Internationalist Brigade.

Nadwa Abou Ghazalah González is a Spanish-Palestinian activist who lives in Madrid. She began her activism in the BDS Movement (Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions), and since then has searched for ways of supporting the Palestinian people in their struggle for justice and freedom.

Yayo Herrero López is a Spanish anthropologist, engineer, professor and ecofeminist activist, and one of the most influential researchers in the European ecofeminist and eco-socialist sphere.

Flavia Introzzi is a member of hablarenarte / planta alta and a co-founder of TEJA. The Network of Cultural Spaces in Support of Emergency Situations.

Olga Rodríguez is a journalist who specialises in international information, the Middle East and human rights. She is the author of books such as El hombre mojado no teme la lluvia. Voces de Oriente Medio (Debate, 2009) and Yo muero hoy. Las revueltas en el mundo árabe (Debate, 2012), among others.

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