Technologies of Violence in Palestinian Jerusalem
Moderated by Prof. Nadia Abu el-Haj
Department of Anthropology
Co-Director, Center for Palestine Studies
Speaking Life, Speaking Death: Jerusalem’s Children in the “Showroom” of Violent Technologies
Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, Chair in Global Law, Queen Mary University of London and Lawrence D Biele Chair in Law, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem
Who speaks life and who speaks death in Occupied East Jerusalem? Children’s words and acts provide unique insight into the daily experiences of domination, colonization and occupation that are part of Israel’s "combat proven" politics. Surveillance, spatial control, imprisonment, torture, and professional training of security personnel have turned the old city into a showroom for states, arms companies, and security agencies to market their technologies as tested, and "combat proven." From over 600 letters written by children in the old city and observations of their daily walks to school, we can learn about the effects and refusals of these technologies of violence as they speak life. The geostrategic significance of controlling Jerusalem for Israel and the sacralized politics invoked to turn it into a “show room” speak death.
Settler-Colonial “Displaceability”: Living Behind the Wall in Jerusalem
Nayrouz Abu Hatoum, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Palestine Studies, Columbia University
Kufr Aqab, a neighborhood in Jerusalem that was cut off from the city after the construction of the Israeli wall in 2003 has been increasingly neglected by the Jerusalem municipality. In administrative and legal limbo, outside the reach of both Israeli state and the Palestinian Authority, Palestinian neighborhoods like Kufr Aqab are frontiers on which the contours of Israeli settler-colonial geography and demography are being drawn. Palestinians live there in a liminal zone facing the realities of disposability, displaceability, and infrastructural catastrophe. How do Palestinians live and thrive in such grey zones of colonial legality? Does dwelling in-between open up grounds for imagining a new (sovereign) future?
The Center for the Study of Social Difference working group Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence (RGFGV) cosponsors: Whose Feminism? Critical Perspectives on Gender and Security Policy.
Eighteen years after the passing of UN Resolution 1325 and the establishment of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, a critical examination of its usages and consequences on global governance institutions and security policy is in need. Join SIPA’s Gender Policy Working Group for a panel discussion on the consequences of 1325, securofeminism and how gender discourse is employed to different political agendas.
Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science at Columbia University
Director of Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence (RGFGV)
Author of Do Muslim Women Need Saving? (2013)
Director of the Politics of Sexual Violence Initiative
Visiting Research Professor at the Colin Powell Center for Global and Civic Leadership at City College New York
Author of Radicalizing Her (Forthcoming, 2018) and Emissaries of Empowerment (2017)
Media Fellow/Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence (RGFGV)
Author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate Story of Pakistan (2015) and Emissaries of Empowerment (2017)
Additional support provided by: Religion and the Global Framing of Gender Violence working group at the Center for the Study of Social Difference, SIPA's Gender and Public Policy Specialization, Women in Peace and Security Working Group (WIPS), Middle East and North Africa Forum (MENA), Conflict Resolution Working Group (CRWG), UN Studies Working Group (UNSWG)
A panel with Sherene Razack (Department of Gender Studies, UCLA), Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian (Law School, Hebrew University; International Visitor, Columbia Law School), and Miriam Ticktin (Department of Anthropology, New School University), moderated by Lila Abu-Lughod (Columbia University)
Thursday, November 3, 2016, 4:15 p.m.
203 Butler Library
“Child Marriage in the Feminist Imagination”
Dina Siddiqi, Professor of Anthropology at BRAC University, Dhaka
“Race, Religion, and Masculinity: Europe’s Obsessions”
October 13, 4:15 p.m., 203 Butler Library
"Feminist Politics, War Rapes, and Global Governance"
Dubravka Zarkov, Associate Professor of Gender, Conflict and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies, The Hague