Kareem Rabie is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at The University of Illinois, Chicago. His work focuses on privatization, urban development, and the state-building project in the West Bank.

While on research leave in 2021, Kareem is visiting fellow at CUNY’s Center for Place, Culture, and Politics; and Committee on Globalization and Social Change.

Previously he was Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago; Marie Curie Fellow/Senior Researcher at the Centre on Migration, Policy, and Society (COMPAS) at the University of Oxford; and Assistant Professor of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC.



His first book, Palestine is Throwing a Party and the Whole World is Invited is out now from Duke University Press.

Here is a list of upcoming and recorded talks.

His current research focuses on the new human geographies of Palestine/China trade.

You can find some recent writing here.



You can order the book from Duke for 30% off with code E21RABIE. It is also available at the Seminary Co-op BookstoreAmazon, and elswhere books are sold.



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PALESTINE IS THROWING A PARTY AND THE WHOLE WORLD IS
INVITED: CAPITAL AND STATE BUILDING IN THE WEST BANK



Out now from Duke University Press

In 2008, Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad invited international investors to the first ever Palestine Investment Conference, which was designed to jumpstart the process of integrating Palestine into the global economy. Or as Fayyad described the conference: Palestine is “throwing a party, and the whole world is invited.” In this book, Kareem Rabie examines how the conference and Fayyad's rhetoric represented a wider shift in economic and political practice in ways that oriented state-scale Palestinian politics toward neoliberal globalization rather than a diplomatic two-state solution. Rabie demonstrates that private firms, international aid organizations, and the Palestinian government in the West Bank focused on large-scale private housing development in an effort toward state-scale economic stability and market building. This approach reflected the belief that a thriving private economy would lead to a free and functioning Palestinian state. Yet, as Rabie contends, these investment-based policies have maintained the status quo of occupation and Palestine's subordinate and suspended political economic relationship with Israel.

Palestine Is Throwing a Party is a brilliant, carefully researched, and thoughtful book. Kareem Rabie uses the lens of urban planning and development to show us how global processes of unequal capital accumulation, racialized labor and property regimes within Israel/Palestine, and the managerial rule of Palestinian technocrats and capitalists collaborating with Israel all persistently reproduce the violent systems of settler colonial expropriation in Israel/Palestine since 1948.”

— Laleh Khalili, author of Sinews of War and Trade:
Shipping and Capitalism in the Arabian Peninsula

“Drawing on his exceptional knowledge and understanding of Palestine along with a considerable amount of original, innovative, and detailed fieldwork, Kareem Rabie presents thought-provoking insights on the question of urbanism in Palestine. This extremely interesting study makes an important contribution.”

— Adam Hanieh, author of Money, Markets, and Monarchies:
The Gulf Cooperation Council and the Political Economy of the Contemporary Middle East





TALKS AND EVENTS



Upcoming:

Thursday 23 September 2021, 1PM EDT
** Rescheduled from May **
A conversation with Mezna Qato and David Harvey
CUNY Center for Place, Culture, and Politics
Registration TBD

Wednesday 24 November 2021, 6PM CET
ETH Zurich
Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (GTA)
Registration TBD

Thursday 2 December 2021, noon EST
George Washington University
Institute for Middle East Studies
Registration TBD

Recorded and past:

15 July 2021
Interview on Doug Henwood’s “Behind the News
KPFA 94.1 FM, Berkeley

5 June 2021
Keynote conversation with Sherene Seikaly
Arab Studies Institute’s Political Economy Project
2021 Political Economy Summer Institute



PALESTINE/CHINA



In 2021, Kareem will begin sustained research on the complex social, economic, and imaginative geographies between the West Bank and China. This work is centered on the circulation in between, on economic geographies, and the routes and travels of people, capital, and objects. The hope is that an online archive of data visualizations, collaborative research material, including close readings and object biographies of circulating commodities, will complement a book of speculative engagements and public programs, actions, and conversations within the West Bank, Israel, and China.







WRITING



Housing and Generality in Palestine Studies
Jerusalem Quarterly 83, Autumn 2020

Promissory Note, with Mike Crane
Triple Canopy 25, Resentment, 2018-2019

Remaking Ramallah
New Left Review 111, May-June 2018