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Scholars and activists hold virtual roundtable on destruction of Gaza’s archaeological sites – The Varsity

February 5, 2024

Nine speakers discussed the need to protect historical sites, academic solidarity with Palestine

Activists and scholars spoke to U of T community members about the “cultural genocide” going on Palestine, and the destruction of Gaza’s historical sites, during a January 23 virtual roundtable co-organized by the Critical Ancient World Studies Collective (CAWS) — an international group of researchers that seek to adopt a new model for studying antiquity — and Everyday Orientalism, a blog co-founded by U of T Roman history Professor Katherine Blouin that examines how historical power structures have shaped human societies’ self-perceptions.

The event also received support from U of T group Hearing Palestine, which aims to educate on and facilitate academic inquiry into Palestine.

The roundtable discussed how scholars of antiquity, archaeology, and heritage could play into opposing the alleged genocide of Palestinians and stand in solidarity.

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