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ADF—Georgetown 2022 Research Presentation
Join the American Druze Foundation and Georgetown University for our annual research presentation from the Georgetown ADF post-doctoral fellow.

This year's fellow, Dr. Lindsey Pullum, will present on the topic "Druze Nationalism: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow."

This talk contextualizes and locates Druze identity and national belonging across the region. Despite being a transregional religious minority, Druze of Israel are considered very different from Druze in Syria and Lebanon. How and in what ways did Druze come to be segregated from their co-religionists? How did they become ideologically like and culturally intertwined with more hegemonic identities and institutions of the state? This talk begins by addressing the sociohistorical and sociopolitical contexts that inform Druze subjectivity, positionality, and loyalty in Syria, Lebanon, and British Mandate of Palestine. Dr. Pullum will show how resistance to colonialism in Syria and Lebanon consolidated religious factions to one larger Arab society; meanwhile in Mandatory Palestine, Druze were fragmented from other Arabs, first religiously and economically, later by military service, and now by the economics of militarism. This multi-pronged fragmentation has led to contemporary opportunities and challenges to conceptualizing Druze identity as Arab. She will argue that national categories of affiliation like “Arab”, create the necessary slippages to reinvent cultural citizenship, which are personified by Druze.

Apr 1, 2022 04:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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