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The Michigan Anthropology Colloquia Series

"Crossing a Line: Laws, Violence & Roadblocks to Palestinian Political Expression" by Amahl Bishara
Monday, March 27, 2023
3:00-4:30 PM
411 West Hall Map
The Department of Anthropology is proud to present

The Michigan Anthropology Colloquia Series

Crossing a Line: Laws, Violence & Roadblocks to Palestinian Political Expression
Amahl Bishara
Associate Professor and Chair, Anthropology
Tufts University

The event will be offered in-person and virtually.
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Palestinians living on different sides of the Green Line make up approximately one-fifth of Israeli citizens and about four-fifths of the population of the West Bank. In both groups, activists assert that they share a single political struggle for national liberation. Yet, obstacles inhibit their ability to speak to each other and as a collective. Geopolitical boundaries fragment Palestinians into ever smaller groups. Through ethnography, Bishara enters these distinct environments for political expression and action of Palestinians who carry Israeli citizenship and Palestinians subject to Israeli military occupation in the West Bank, and considers how Palestinians are differently impacted by dispossession, settler colonialism, and militarism. Bishara looks to sites of political practice—journalism, historical commemorations, street demonstrations, social media, in prison, and on the road—to analyze how Palestinians create collectivities in these varied circumstances. She draws on firsthand research, personal interviews, and public media to examine how people shape and reshape meanings in circumstances of constraint. In considering these different environments for political expression and action, Bishara illuminates how expression is always grounded in place—and how a people can struggle together for liberation even when they cannot join together in protest.

Amahl Bishara is Associate Professor and Chair of the Anthropology Department at Tufts University. She is the author of Crossing a Line: Laws, Violence, & Roadblocks to Palestinian Political Expression (Stanford 2022), about different conditions of expression for Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the West Bank. She also writes about popular refugee politics in the West Bank. Her first book, Back Stories: U.S. News and Palestinian Politics (Stanford University Press 2013), is an ethnography of the production of U.S. news during the second Palestinian Intifada. She is the president of the Middle East Section of the American Anthropological Association.
Building: West Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Anthropology
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Department of Anthropology