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Posting While Palestinian - Anthropology Lecture

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103, Albert and Vera List Academic Center, 1103 6 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, Room D1103

Amahl Bishara is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University.

Abstract: What does it mean that so many Palestinians have watched other Palestinians—who they have never met—being killed on social media? Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians of the West Bank both live under Israeli rule, though with different legal statuses. This paper investigates modes of intimacy generated as Palestinians view and commemorate Palestinian deaths at the hands of Israeli soldiers and police, paying special attention to various subject and geographic positions of both the killings and the viewings. Palestinians recognize the specificity of the kinds of state violence that they tend to face in each community—Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza—but they also recognize that Israeli violence in each location could shift. Finally, this paper examines the effects of Israeli criminalization of speech on the internet. This project involves a vertiginous movement across borders, a circling back, a recognition of both similarities and differences. Attention to place and polity remains of great importance when analyzing social media.

This is presented by the Department of Anthropology at The New School for Social Research. 

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