The Project Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context integrates and builds on the developmental challenges, experiences, and popular strategies of various segments of the Palestinian population in the Westbank, the Gaza Strip, Jordan and Lebanon. It derives from the particularities of the Palestinian people and the specific challenges faced as a result of the fragmentation and territorial displacement from decades of Israeli rule.
Through bridging the divide between academic knowledge producers, community-based knowledge and development strategies, the project aims at building alternative knowledge and practices of development that move beyond Eurocentric, Western models.
Founded upon the previous APPEAR project, the Center for Development Studies (CDS) at Birzeit University (BZU) and the Department of Development Studies (DDS) at the University of Vienna continue to deepen and articulate an alternative vision for development.
The project integrates and builds on the developmental challenges, experiences, and popular strategies of various segments of the Palestinian population in their different locations, in order to bridge the divide between academic knowledge producers and community-based knowledge and development strategies.
- To work out the Palestinian development agenda Rooting Development by establishing a community of critical knowledge producers (researchers, intellectuals, activists, political actors).
- To train new fieldworkers from Palestinian communities in Jordan and Lebanon.
- To establish an advanced training programme at CDS.
- To build an academic network for a young generation of researchers and fieldworkers from the Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Lebanon and Austria.
On the 26th of June the Vienna based research cluster of the APPEAR project Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context organised a screening of the film “Who’s peace will it be?” The 2015 film by Belgian director Luc Pien discusses the history and current reality of war-torn Iraq. After the screening, followed a discussion about the film and recent developments in Iraq. Helmut Krieger, researcher and lecturer at the University of Vienna and coordinator of the APPEAR project in Vienna together with Tyma Kraitt, a Vienna based journalist with a focus on the Near and Middle East, provided insightful and inspiring comments. Important aspects of their talks and the discussions were the challenge to remember what influence decades of war and sanctions had on the Iraqi society, the crucial role oil played in the formation and trajectory of Iraq, and future scenarios for the state, as the religious and ethnic divide in combination with geopolitical factors and confrontations paint a dim future for Iraq and the entire region. Nevertheless, shimmers of hope were identified in civil society initiatives and social movements from below which, against all odds, continuously struggle for social rights and against sectarian politics. The event was well attended by interested students and colleagues from the University of Vienna and beyond. Many showed interest in future events by the research cluster.
Film screening and discussion on the current situation in Iraq
As war is intensifying in Syria and Iraq, life has become unbearable in both countries. Hundreds of thousands of refugees seek safety in neighbouring countries and Europe. Many drown attempting to cross the Mediterranean. Drawing on voices other than those we hear, see and read daily in the media, “Whose peace will it be?” traces the origins and causes of the present disaster. The documentary weaves memories of the past through experiences of the present to create a mosaic within which the pathway to peace might be discerned. It provides an impetus to think differently about the future for Iraqi and Middle Eastern people after the state, the civil and cultural infrastructure has been destroyed. (http://www.lightintimetocome.org/)
After the film screening there will be a discussion on the current political developments in Iraq, with a special focus on the ongoing battle over Mosul.
Discussants | Tyma Kraitt, Helmut Krieger
Moderation | Ramin Taghian Language: English/German
Tyma Kraitt is a free journalist and an expert on Iraq and Syria.
Helmut Krieger is researcher and lecturer at the Department of Development Studies with a special focus on transformation processes and social movements in the Arabic- Islamic World.
The event is organized by the interdisciplinary research cluster Conflict and Development in Palestine that is based at the Department of Development Studies at the University of Vienna. The research cluster is one of four components of the APPEAR project Rooting Development in the Palestinian Context.
The Jour fixe is an open discussion format for colleagues to develop critical questions and new perspectives on the Arab World.
Date & Time | Monday 26th June 2017, 6 p.m.
Location | Department of African Studies, seminar room 3, Spitalgasse 2, 1090 Vienna
Read a new article on our project published in the new issue of Frauensolidarität (in German):
“Freiheit und Gerechtigkeit in Verbindung mit Entwicklung –
Emanzipatorische Wissensproduktion im Kontext Palästina”
by Klaudia Rottenschlager
Frauensolidarität No.140: Flucht und Migration
We congratulate our colleague Klaudia Rottenschlager for securing a three year DOC scholarship funded by the Austrian Academy of Sciences!
Helmut Krieger, Klaudia Rottenschlager, Imad Sayrafi will speak about our project at the Department of Development Studies’ event series ie.talks on May 24th.
Location: Seminarraum IE, Institut für Afrikawissenschaften Spitalgasse 2, Hof 5, 1090 Vienna
Chair: Wolfram Schaffar (Department of Development Studies)