The Institute for Women's Studies at BZU concludes a workshop on “Strengthening the capacities of master’s and doctoral students"

In partnership with the University of Bergen, the Institute for Women's Studies at BZU concluded a workshop "Strengthening the capacities of master's and doctoral students on 6-7 November 2010. This is the 2nd specialized workshop for discussing research projects and thesis of master's and doctoral student of both universities.

This workshop is part of the joint annual activities between the two universities, aiming to strengthen and enhance the capabilities of students and exchange theoretical and research experiences.

Professor Randy Halnd of from the University of Bergen presented a paper on: "The role of women in the agricultural revolution in the Neolithic age, in which she addressed the division of labor between the sexes during the Neolithic period, by reviewing the activities undertaken by women at that time, pointing out that the man was wild before the cultivation of wheat, milling and bread production.

On the other hand, Dr. Samia Butmeh spoke about gender disparities in the Palestinian labor market, wherein her paper monitored the range of Palestinian women's participation in the Palestinian labor market in the pre-and post-Oslo, examining factors that have identified this variation

Herebelow, is a list of the speakers with a short bio:
Kareem Rabie: a Phd Candidate at the City University of New York has presented some notes on housing development, privatization and state building in the West Bank.  In his paper, he tried to understand the statist economic and political practices in Palestine particularly in relation to the housing sector given the existing structure of occupation. Among the issues he addressed are the public private partnership relations, their neoliberal economic interventions and their impact on creating new social orders, classes, and ideologies both economically and politically.

Dr. Bard Kartveit: (PhD graduate from Bergen University). Dr. Kartveit presented excerpts from his PhD dissertation entitled "a rule of uncertainty". Taking Bethlehem governorate as a case study, he highlights the effect of a regime of uncertainty on continuous immigration of Palestinians. In his paper, he employs a structural approach in analysis and narrates stories of Palestinian migrants.

Ala Alazza: a PhD student of cultural anthropology at Rice University has presented a paper on Palestinian political culture and the question of non-violence where he tries to explore the processes of the hegemonic construction of the current notion and practice of  popular resistance.

Rania Jawad: a PhD student in literature at New York University. Her paper revolves around the relationship between art, society and politics. The paper is entitled " Politics of performance in Palestine" where Rania explores the interrelationship between Palestinian theatre and Palestinians' behavior and performance in everyday life not only in the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip but also in 1948 Palestine. Among the issues she addresses are the use of theatre as a tool to promote culture of resistance among Palestinians, in post- trauma therapy and others.

Berit Angelskar: a PhD candidate at Bergen University. In her paper, she discussed    some thoughts related to " localizing globalization, a gendered perspective on UNRWA". Basically, she will explore the effect of UNRWA - as a global organization employing local Palestinians (men and women) - on Palestinian communities and household relations.