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Call for solidarity
نداء للتضامن Until liberation
Design for Disarming times
التصميم لأوقاتنا المجرِّدة Onomatopee publishers, 2020
Life of the Palestinian rug
ورشة البساط الفلسطيني Birzeit, September - October 2020
Masters programme Disarming design
ماجستير معهد ساندبرج Sandberg Instituut Amsterdam, 2020 — 2022
Facemask from Gaza
قناع الوجه من غزة August 2020
Hosh Jalsa
حوش جلسة Birzeit, 2018 – 2020
Marketing workshop
ورشة التسويق Birzeit, January – February 2020
Bags Prince Claus Awards
حقائب صندوق الأمير كلوز Amsterdam, 4 December 2019
Crossing Boundaries lecture
محاضرة "اجتياز الحدود" VCUQatar, Doha, 19-22 November 2019
PhD research
أبحاث الدكتوراة ARIA, Antwerp, 2019–2023
Intimate terrains
إقتراب الآفاق Birzeit, 21–29 august 2019
The real and the absent
جسور من الماضي Birzeit, June – September 2019
Young artisans market
سوق الحرفيّين الشّباب Birzeit, 2019
Reworlding Ramallah
إعادة قولبة العالم : رام الله Birzeit, January – April 2019
Thought-provoking December gifts
هدايا محفّزة للفكر في فترة الأعياد Droog, Amsterdam, 6 December 2018 – 6 January 2019
Collective thinking
تفكير جماعي Hosh Jalsa, Birzeit, November – December 2018
My house is your house
البيت بيتك Design Museum Ghent, 16 February – 15 April 2018
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معرض نيوي انستتوت Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, november 2017
Amman Design Week
أسبوع عمان للتصميم Darat al Funun, Amman, October 2017
Dream versus reality
الحلم مقابل الواقع Amman, September 2017
Dream Defenders
مجموعة "دريم ديفندرز" Ramallah, 17 August 2017
Design Museum Cologne
متحف التصميم، كولونيا Cologne, 14 May 2017
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جائزة هنري فان دي فيلد Bozar, Brussels, January – February 2017
Welcome home
الدار دارك Ramallah, 8 – 30 October 2016
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Gaza & Jerusalem, create-shop 2015
ورشة التصميم من غزة للقدس Gaza & Jerusalem, 26 August – 8 September 2015
Qalandiya international
قلنديا الدولي IAAP, Ramallah, 27 October – 15 November 2014
Ramallah, Create-shop 2014
ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٤ Ramallah, Bethlehem, 21 October – 7 November 2014
Eye on Palestine
العين على فلسطين KVS, Brussels, 24 March – 5 April 2014
Conflict & design
التصميم و الصراع C-Mine, Genk, 15 December 2013 – 9 March 2014
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ورشة التصميم ٢٠١٢ Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus, 1 – 15 September 2012
Subjective atlas of Palestine
أطلس فلسطين الذاتي Ramallah, 2007
Collaborative projects
مشاريع تشاركيّة

Reworlding Ramallah
إعادة قولبة العالم : رام الله


Palestinian science-fiction workshop
Birzeit, January – April 2019
Writer Callum Copley undertook a residency at Hosh Jalsa, for Disarming Design from Palestine. He hosted multiple workshop series exploring Science Fiction and how to write it. He invited artists, writers, students, and other imaginative minds to join Disarming Design from Palestine for eight weekly workshops focused on Science Fiction writing; exploring the genres potentials in a Palestinian context.

“Science Fiction is an opportunity to understand ourselves, our hopes and our fears, and imagine a world radically different than the one we are presented with today – free from the restraints of time. It is a place where we can create exciting new futures and explore how we might get there tomorrow.” 

How does the future meet us halfway? Can we think of freedom beyond a logic of progress? How can we envision a political horizon beyond the realities around us? What are the limitations of raising questions about the future in this way? These are the types of questions underpinning the workshops in which consisted of drawing tasks, readings, discussions, and movie screenings that ultimately concluded in the development of their own stories.

Palestinian Worldbuilding Workshop

Hosh Jalsa, 27 january, 3, 10, 17, 24 February , 3, 10, 17 March 2019

Part 1: Research (Session 1-3)

The course began with an introduction to Sci-Fi, exploring its historical connections to social and political movements across the world. In the opening lecture participants learnt about the various histories and sub-genres of the Sci-Fi and how they interconnected. From Afrofuturism to Russian Cosmism, the variety of ways the future has been imagined by writers across the globe and through time was highlighted. Using the works of Ursula K. Le Guin and Octavia Butler, amongst others, the group explored how speculative fiction can be used as a productive tool to imagine other ways of being. The first session ended with a collaborative map-drawing exercise called “A Quiet Year” where players are asked to imagine a community of people rebuilding their homeland after a prolonged occupation.

In the second session, focus was given to the construction of believable imaginary worlds. In another presentation, Callum gave an overview of a variety of techniques used in science fiction worldbuilding, as well as many of the pitfalls. After some small writing tasks, the group undertook another collaborative task titled ‘backcasting’. Here the groups were presented with fictional scenarios 100 years in the future. Their task we to then create a plausible timeline from the present day to this given point. Working backwards and forwards along the timeline they had to come up with a logical series of events that might reach their goal. In the final research session the group examined what was involved in creating unique characters, as well as some of the stereotypes and archetypes that have traditionally been deployed.

Part 2: Story Development (Session 4-8)

In the second part of the workshop series, participants focused on developing their own ideas for a short science fiction story. These sessions consisted of many short writing exercises to spark concepts and to develop different writing techniques. Many exercises involved experimenting with futurity and exploring the use of past and future tenses in relation to fiction. Through one-to-one tuition and feedback each individual worked on completing a story of their own to be published in a group publication.

In addition to the main 8 week workshop Callum also hosted a number of other workshops with organizations across Palestine. The first was a two part workshop in collaboration with The Fiction Council, a youth club in East Jerusalem exploring the basics of Science Fiction.

 

Fiction Council Workshop

Hosh Jalsa, Fiction Council Jerusalem, 8, 14  february 2019

Session 1

In the first session, The Fiction Council visited Hosh Jalsa and received a tour of the space. They then received a crash course in the basics of Science Fiction and began to play another collaborative world building game called ‘Planet Home’, designed by Callum.

Session 2

The second session was hosted by the Fiction Council in their space in Beit Safafa and revolved around concluding the game which was started in the first session. At the end of the workshop, the participants presented their completed worlds, complete with alien species, histories and architecture. Using this material, the group have decided to develop their ideas further into another project with DDFP to be announced soon.

 

School teachers Workshop

Science Studio Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, 1, 3, 9 march 2019

In addition to the two previous workshops, Callum also hosted a small series of workshops in collaboration with the Qattan foundation aimed at teaching the basics of Science Fiction to a group of local school teachers. Through a series of similar presentations and games, the teachers learnt about the genre so that they could pass on some of the knowledge to their own students.

“Science fiction is a place where we can create exciting new futures and explore how we might get there tomorrow and for this very reason it is of such importance when faced with violence of the occupation at present.”

 

Reworlding Ramallah: A collection of Palestinian Science-Fiction Short Stories

Book launch Onomatopee (Eindhoven), 27 October 2019

Critical science fiction, on its most basic level, is an opportunity to experiment with new ways of existing in the world; imaging different, economic, political and social structures. Within its pages, science fiction holds the space to test ambitious projects without the fear of failure. Reading and writing science fiction is, in all its imaginative and disruptive potential, something which I believe is valuable to anyone living under conditions which they wish to change.

‘Reworlding’ is the name given to a concerted effort to reimagine the places and spaces we inhabit, by generating a multiplicity of futures with which to affect the present positively. Reworlding takes the notion of worldbuilding beyond any ostensible purpose as art or entertainment and deploys aspects of it as a radical tool to instigate change in the world.

The stories compiled in this book were the outcome of a writing workshop series led by Callum Copley in a town called Birzeit, a few miles north of Ramallah, Palestine. From alien experiments to fortune-tellers and telepathic conspiracies; the stories compiled here represent visions of the West Bank and beyond, reworlding both the local and the interplanetary. Although the contributions in the collection vary in form, length and style, all join a rapidly growing but comparatively small niche of Palestinian science fiction.

 

Edited by: Callum Copley
Authors: Lama Altakruri, Shayma Nader, Adele Jarrar, Shada Mustafa, Qusai Al Saify, Hiba Isleem, Jamila Ewais, Fakhry Al-Serdawi
Translators to Arabic: Hilda Moucharrafieh, Maria Khatchadourian
Design & Typesetting: Callum Copley, Joud Toamah
Cover Design: Francesca Khamis
Published by: Onomatopee, Eindhoven, NL & Dar Laila Publishing, Haifa, PS