Thayer Hastings

Al-Shabaka Policy Member Thayer Hastings is a master's candidate at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies of Georgetown University in Washington, DC, where he is primarily studying critical citizenship, displacement and settler colonialism. After completing a B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle, he returned to Palestine, where he carried out research and advocacy in law and human rights. Thayer worked with local Palestinian and international non-governmental organizations, including BADIL Resource Center and the American Friends Service Committee. His research and writing continue to be informed by a commitment to community-led initiatives and decolonizing methodologies.

Commentary Civil Society

Palestinian Oral History as a Tool to Defend Against Displacement

A recent surge in the production of Palestinian oral history provides a new opportunity for activists defending communities against displacement. Al-Shabaka Policy Member Thayer Hastings outlines an advocacy role for a Palestinian oral history focused on local needs and uses concrete examples to demonstrate how such a role could promote land-based rights.

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