Launching Keynote: Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Join us for Militarism and Migration Conference 2017‘s launching event!

“Clowns in Palestine Cry: Facing Mundane Surveillance, Necropenology, and Militarism,” a talk by Professor Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian.

Violence is central to the logic of militarism and settler colonialism. Enacted in the daily acts of harassment perpetrated by soldiers, police, settlers, and security personnel, much of the violence occurs routinely and in a mundane manner. By building on voices of Palestinians who live and witness settler colonial regimes, the presentation will analyze the intimacies of surveillance, and reveal how geo-politics, bio-politics and necropolitics are inscribed over those who live at the limits of justice. Their voices reveal the amazing ability of people to resist dispossession, and maintain closeness and togetherness under an industry of fearing the Other. Framed around the urgency of the present moment, the presentation will challenge the notion that militarism, and settler colonialism can be underwritten by human rights laws. Law under militarism and colonial racism is a sword rather than a shield, a tool of colonial oppression and militarization and/as dispossession. The talk will conclude by showing the amazing power to resist oppression.

Dr. Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a Palestinian feminist activist and director of the Gender Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa. She currently serves as the Lawrence D. Biele Chai in Law at the Faculty of Law Institute of Crimonology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the author of two books, Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: The Palestinian Case Study and Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear.

Before the talk we will have a series of panels where UCSD graduate students will share papers they submitted for our conference–schedule forthcoming.

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