Reading material for autumn school

For the Wednesday workshop on Life Histories Lieblich, Amia: Narratives of Positive Aging. Seaside Stories: link. Bilu, Yoram. Without Bounds. The Life and Death of Rabbi Ya’aqov Wazana:  part 1 / part 2. For the Thursday tour in Jaffa and the weekend trip to Haifa Dan Rabinowitz and Daniel Monterescu. Reconfiguring the “Mixed Town”: Urban Transformations of Ethnonational Relations in Palestine and Israel: link. Ruth...

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Who cares about Selfies? It’s the #Otherie, stupid!
Jun30

Who cares about Selfies? It’s the #Otherie, stupid!

A fieldnote from Tel Aviv, Israel (July 2014):
People take Selfies, but armies and states in war rely on #Otheries: the one-dimensional focus on the Other, as a target, as an object of war. A note on Othering in the current Israeli military operation against Hamas in Gaza.

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Who cares about Selfies? It's the #Otherie, stupid!
Jun30

Who cares about Selfies? It's the #Otherie, stupid!

A fieldnote from Tel Aviv, Israel (July 2014):
People take Selfies, but armies and states in war rely on #Otheries: the one-dimensional focus on the Other, as a target, as an object of war. A note on Othering in the current Israeli military operation against Hamas in Gaza.

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CFP – Im/mobilities and boundaries: an ethnographical approach

Call for submissions for an edited volume Im/mobilities and boundaries: an ethnographical approach International Doctoral Programme “Transformations in European Societies”Sabina Leoncini, Julia Schwarz, Andreas Hackl, Miriam Gutekunst Mobility has emerged as a central element in contemporary understanding of modernity and change. The objective of this edited volume is to demonstrate that immobility is a structural phenomenon characteristic of different border regimes and equally critical to contemporary insight. Many attempts to understand current transformations through the lens of mobility have often been blind to the idealistic notion of a “mobility paradigm”. The norm of mobility creates social constraints and global hierarchies. While a part of the global population seems to increasingly live in a borderless world, for many exclusion and immobilization continue to operate, separate and marginalize. A situation that is often viewed as liberating and beneficial could actually be, in a global context, unequal and subject to hegemony. In a border regime power and social differentiations are implemented so that people who lack the freedom to move are both economically and socially disadvantaged. We seek to analyze mobility through its opposite: immobility. Moreover, we would like to discover the fluid interconnections between the two, thus speaking of im/mobility as describing two simultaneous aspects of the same thing. Evidently, there are power structures behind mobility: We can observe that, particularly in times of hypermobility, boundaries are created, modified and consolidated. These boundaries may have a physical dimension, like a fence or a wall, but they always exist on multiple levels: Boundaries are cultural phenomena with a “social character”. They are not just demarcation lines but rather border zones which denote specific dynamics, rules and cultures that are becoming particularly powerful and visible for people in transition from one place to another, from one job to another, from one identity to another. Boundaries are negotiated, crossed, experienced and modified. At the same time we have to be aware of the risk of a new division developing in the world: a divide between people with freedom of mobility and those without. Mobility can often be the key to crossing boundaries. Mobility has become a key metaphor for physical movement. However, one of our fundamental assumptions is that the analytical relevance of this concept goes far beyond such a narrow view. Therefore, we would like to scrutinize the contemporary theory on mobilities from a critical ethnographic perspective, shedding light on the many fields of modern life where (im)mobility operates as a sociocultural phenomenon: mobility in virtual space or in the financial market; in (forced) migration, tourism and multi-localities; the role of imaginaries of (im)mobility and the relationship between mobility and immobility; mobility in...

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Re-cultivating the lands of their ancestors
Mar17

Re-cultivating the lands of their ancestors

Bajo Guadalentín near Murcia, Spain (August 2013)

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CFP: Peace Theories Commission, International Peace Research Association

‘Peace Theories Beyond the State of Nature: Philosophical and Global Perspectives’  25th IPRA General Conference on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of IPRA Uniting for Peace: Building Sustainable Peace through Universal Values in cooperation with Sakarya University Istanbul Turkey August 10-14 2014 We welcome paper and panel proposals from all peace researchers and practitioners related to the topic ‘Peace Theories Beyond the State of Nature: Philosophical and Global Perspectives’.  Interested participants have the option of suggesting new panels or sessions.   Please submit your abstract and fill out the application found at: http://ipra2014.org/ Deadline: February 15, 2014   Please email Dr. Michael Deckard (michael.deckard@lr.edu) or Dr. Neven Bondokji (nevenbond@yahoo.com) if you have any questions.   In particular we are seeking proposals for topics or papers from philosophers, political theorists, historians, anthropologists and cultural or literary theorists on how to bring these disciplines to bear on global international conflicts.  How, for example, might Arendt, Badiou, Benjamin, Butler, Derrida, Dussel, Foucault, Gadamer, Galtung, Gilroy, Girard, Habermas, Lederach, Ricoeur, Spivak, West, or Yoder contribute to this conversation? How can the ideas of Muslim philosophers like al-Farabi and Ibn Khaldoun, or Arab reformist thinkers like Mohamad Abdouh and Jamal al Dein al Afghani influence todays’ thinking on and practice of peacebuilding. How have other oriental thinkers from China, Southeast Asia, and Buddhist culture contributed to the ongoing debate of building peace and achieving social justice.   We also seek panels or proposals on historical perspectives and rereading/revising Just War Theory such as the development of peace in, for example, Aquinas, Cusa, Grotius, Hobbes, Hume, Wollstonecraft, Kant, Hegel, etc, from the West, and Ibn Taymiya, al-Mawdudi and Muslim Sufis, from the Muslim culture.   Transformations-blog.com is merely distributing this call and has no responsibility concerning its contents and goals.   Andreas Hackl Social anthropologist and journalist with a focus on urban issues, displacement and mobility in the Middle East....

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