Friday, June 13, 2014

Getting Academically Settled

A conference will be conducted on the issue of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, or, as our academics would have it:

The Settlements in the West Bank (1967-2014): 
New Perspectives
A research workshop

Jewish settlements are one of the most controversial issues in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Still, academic production and media attention on the topic focuses almost entirely on the radical, national-religious components of the settlers’ population; on the connection between the settlement enterprise and the religious-ethno-national territorial imperative of the “conquest of the land”; on the status of settlements within the framework of international law; on the role of the settlements as “obstacles to peace”; and as an issue of political campaigning (both inside and outside Israel).

The rationale for organizing this research workshop is to explore less conventional approaches and angles that go beyond the immediate politico-diplomatic dynamics and impact of Israel’s settlement policy. The underlying assumption is that the settlements’ enterprise is not an exceptional phenomenon contradictory to other trends in Israeli society, but is a historical process that was shaped by and related to other long-term processes.

We feel that a more comprehensive approach is needed in order to understand how the transformation of the landscape determined by the expansion of settlements created new – albeit not necessarily fair – patterns of relations amongst the resident population of Israel/Palestine. At the same time, a more holistic approach to the settlement issue can open up spaces for comparative analysis and theory building beyond the specific reality of Israel/Palestine.

and the workshop will be hosted by the Minerva Humanities Center and received the generous support of the Van Leer Institute and of the CRFJ – Fondation Bettencourt Schueller.

And some of the presentations:

Settlement as Suburbanization: The Banality of Colonization

The Shift from Messianic Outposts to Urban Settlements in the 1980s

The Welfare State of Settlers

Haredi Settlers: Religion and Neoliberalism on the West Bank Frontier

Personal Narratives of Female Settlers: Uncovering Alternative Routes and Networks

Beyond Separation: Affective Annexation between the Green Line and the Wall

Typological Theory and the Case for a Transnational Perspective on Israeli Expansionism

The Origins of the Redemption in Occupied Suburbia: Rabbi Shlomo Riskin and the Jewish-American Makings of Efrat, 1973-2013

The Effect of Organizational Membership and Collective Identity on Radical Collective Action

First, we made history.

Then, we became history.

Now, our history is studied.


1 comment:

Ruth Jaffe Lieberman said...

In your list of how things develop, you left off the most recent:

And then history is rewritten.

Too bad no real 'settler' leadership is represented in a serious academic manner. Again, an example of the issue being at the table, but not the people directly.

I encourage a visit or two to these fascinating areas, meeting the people who live in the communities for a firsthand review of the realities on the ground - now that'd be an interesting field trip for such a conference.