Tuesday, April 09, 2013

We're Under Study

Here: Hannah Mayne's presentation (I presume at a seminar at a Lunchtime Learning: “Making it Normal, Making it Safe: Women’s Voices from a West Bank Settlement” at Stroum Jewish Studies Program at the University of Washington, with this fuller description:

Topic: What women in established Jewish settlements can tell us about underlying economic, cultural, and religious issues that make the topography of this conflict a lot more complicated than often imagined and represented.  Hannah will share several ethnographic vignettes from her research and summarize some of the deeper issues that these conversations and stories reveal.

She is a PhD candidate in Department of Anthropology at University of Florida.  At a recent Limmud session, her talk notes that her

focus is on narrative and feminist ethnography, the influence of feminism on religious ritual practice, convergences of spiritual meaning and questions of power, contemporary Judaism, and Israel/Palestine.

More from an interview:

...How did I get onto this topic? Actually, I went to Israel to study something different, but I was visiting some of my husband’s family in the settlements and I became more and more intrigued by the contradiction between my political unease, and the warmth and beauty of the communities. I was (and continue to be) deeply troubled by the occupation of the territories, and yet, the Jewish communities are so pleasant. How did that happen? Radical religious ideologies didn’t seem to be the only answer. I wondered what had been written about the settlements in the field of anthropology, and I discovered that there was very little. So, after a lot of debating, I decided to delve into the subject... the truth is that “settlers” are not one homogenous group. There are many different kinds of people who move to the settlements for many different reasons. I’m interested in looking more closely at those motivations...what I’m trying to do is to ask people to move past the ideas and assumptions that they have in their minds, and for a few minutes to consider other voices, and to zoom-in closer into the issue..I’d like people to get a sense for how complicated the situation really is. The conversations about the settlements, about the Palestinians, and also about Israel more generally, are too often painted in white and black; people are either left or right, either for or against the settlements, for example. I think that looking more closely at what is actually going on gives us a much deeper understanding about why and how exactly it’s happening, and, in addition, perhaps gives us some sense for how to move towards a more hopeful future...I am interested in looking at the geography on the level of human beings, and how listening carefully might make those boundaries less important.

Another, similar, study I found. 

And consider this:

An academic study, Anachronism and Morality: Israeli Settlement, Palestinian Nationalism, and Human Liberation, by Joyce Dalsheim


This article is concerned with how the idea of anachronism can interfere with our thinking about social justice, peace, and human liberation. In the case of Israel/Palestine the idea of anachronism is deployed among liberals, progressives and radical theorists, and activists seeking peace and social justice who express animosity toward religiously motivated settlers and their settlement project. One of the ways in which they differentiate themselves from these settlers is by suggesting that settler actions belong to the past. They also pity Palestinians conceived of as stuck in an oppressive system of settler colonialism that also belongs to the past, preventing them from moving forward. Both perceptions of anachronism limit the ways we can think about human liberation and peace. This article sheds light on a conundrum about who or what belongs to the past, and how thinking in such terms can contribute to the production of a particular moral collective and to the production of enmity. Both perceptions of anachronism frame history as a kind of progress in which peoples or groups might be ranked according to their levels of civilizational attainment, an idea we abandoned long ago as an analytical tool, but seem to have retained as a matter of practical political sympathy and judgment. This temporal conditioning can interfere with the thinking of even some of the most progressive social theorists, and mimics a colonial impulse.



Anonymous said...

the value of ANY scientist's work, is measured by her ability to PREDICT THE FUTURE. IE, we accept Newton as a great scientist because he can tell us where in the sky, Jupiter will be next month. Anthropologists are as subject to this criterion as are Chemists & Physicists & Economists. Now, before you give this gal any attention whatsoever, please demonstrate that she is COMPETENT in her chosen field. Please?

Anonymous said...

Your under not only the intense study of the annointed one you are also under his scapel. You need to read carefully Rev: 13. You know why 13 has always been considered a hexed number. Because of Rev:13. Now the beast that comes from the sea (Hawaui) is in fact exactly what is described in that chapter. He intends to eradicate from this earth the messianic seed of the woman.... that would be the seed of Abraham from from this planet. He is something similar to the scorcer of star wars. The scorcer represents the dragon and dark vader represents his gopher, that would be the beast that rises from the sea. Now the dragons intent is to eradicate the elect and the saints.... that would be Israel, along with all the Christians. This process is now approaching its final stage. Whats amazing about the beast is that he is completely unaware that he is the beast. Hes like a fly in its larval maggot stage feeding only on rotton flesh...his liberal base. He will receive his wings as the tribulation approachs the last 42 months. I told you God would have your back, did you appreciate his slight jolting of the earth in Iran. Be sure and read Isiaia 52:14 and 53...interesting reading.

Anonymous said...

In scandinavia people think jews have a very strange face, especially the nose is very bad-looking,kinda scythe-like they say, . They call it " Ful nasa". the word "ful" is pronounced like the english word "fuel". i kind of feel sorry for them, but maybe its the testosterone.. i´ve heard it increases the tissues inside the nose, especially bone mass.
It´s intresting to note that the hebrew work "nasa" can mean both "to marry" and "to lift" and "to desire" among many other verbs..

Anonymous said...

We have a saying in America the nose knows. I have a Jewish nose and I like the way it looks. Unless I am goaded by the spirit I will most likly be closing with this last and finale article, I think my work in Israel is complete now that 90% of you know who the enemy is. Ymedad, read Zacharia, and take note, he talks about the four horses of the apocolypse and he is an old testament prophet, it is a mirror reflection of revelation. Pay close attention to the four craftsment and what their function is, that would be the protection and preparing the mindset of Israel with the intelligence for its maximum survival. Its my feeling as John the baptist mirrored the coming of Christ, I feel to this day that the two witnesses which protect Israel for the first half of the tribulation are mirrored at this time by Ymedad and Leibler. America unfortunatly is moving into its last leg of existance. God destroyed Israel because of the actions of Ciaphus. God is going to destroy America because it has chosed rulers who intend to destroy Israel. God has no choice but to set the stage for its destruction. Thats where the riders on those four horses of Zachariach come in to play. They are the movers and the shakers that set the wheels in motion. God also told me to warn a few of your Rabbis who are making public appearences and stating that Satan is allegorical. They should read Zachariach, Satan is real, and if you continue to deceive Gods flock you will suffer the same fate as Saul. What he meant by that I'm not sure but you being Rabbis can figure it out. As we speak Jihadists are unloading tons of resin in Belize. Which will be delivered to this country by the drug cartels...it will start showing up in malls, wall street, white house ect. ect. ad infinitum. Islam is going to take America down, after Bengazi they feel that was a signal from our leaders the coast is clear. In a very short time the America we know and love will seize to exist. I have never seen the truth come out of the mouths of either party without being contaminated by political correctness but somewhere somehow our congress seems like they are becoming sincere and truthful its as if they have found reason, resin?...when you see Rome crumbling the truth squeaks out..occassionally.