Historisk forskerseminar med Sune Haugbølle (Roskilde)
Entangled Histories of Palestine and the New Left in Norway
Sune Haugbølle is Professor in Global Studies at Roskilde University. He has published widely on the social and cultural history of the modern Middle East and is currently leading the research project Entangled Histories of Palestine and the Global New Left 1967-1982.
This talk draws on recent fieldwork into the Norwegian Palestine solidarity movement in the 1970s. Whereas most existing research examines the movement in relation to the Norwegian left and solidarity work, this talk and the project that it is part of asks to what extent Palestinian and other partisans of the New Left globally became entangled through their cooperation, what they learned from each other, and how transformative the mutual ideological exchange was for all parties.
By analyzing the meeting through a close reading of Palestinian as well as Norwegian (and Danish, Swedish, Cuban and other) archives of the Left, the project wants to go beyond national historiographies of the New Left.
Understanding entanglement better allows us to reassess what kind of globality emerged in the New Left, and what kind of impact it has left on political culture broadly. The work also poses challenges of how to write global micro-histories of cultural and political transfers.