Living with Contested Borders: The Case of Israel-Palestine

The first session will discuss the following subjects: linguistic borders, violence on the borders, the production of identities in frontier areas, and the presence of borders in the works of Israeli-Jewish and Israeli-Palestinian artists envisaging life after the conflict. 

When Utopia becomes Topia: Re-imagining borders for the future in Israel-Palestine

      Debby Farber is a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and an independent curator. Her Ph.D. research concerns performative practices of transgression in relation to built landscapes in the state of Israel between 1949-1967. She is interested in the linkages between visual culture, history, and political geography, focusing on the visual historiography of Israel/Palestine. She completed her MA with distinction in the Cultural Studies Program of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and holds a BA in Fine Arts from the Bezalel Academy for Arts and Design, Jerusalem.   

Inscribed Sovereignty: Repudiated Violence on the Borders


Revital Madar is a PhD candidate at the program in cultural studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a fellow member of the “Trajectories of Change” program by the Zeit-Stiftung. Her current research, Repudiated Violence and Sovereign Power: The Case of Israel, introduces the concept of repudiated violence to the study of sovereign power and violence. Analyzing acts of violence committed by official state agents and condemned by the state, Madar examines the relationship between sovereign power and its monopoly over violence at marginal moments. The first chapter from her Ph.D., “Do You Know what an Arab Bystander is?”: The Kafr Qasim Trial as a Sovereign Failure”, was published in an edited volume by Prof. Amal Jamal entitled The Conflict – Sociological, Historical and Geographical Aspects. An additional article by her, “Deathmurder From the Language of Humanity to the Question of Who Can Be Murdered,” will be published this June in the anthology, “Sartre, Jews and the Other”, edited by Manuela Consonni and Vivian Liska.

Geo-Ethnic Boundaries in Israel: who "made the Negev desert bloom," and how.

     David Motzafi Haller is a student of social and cultural history from Tel-Aviv University. His M.A. thesis is an intensive micro-historical study of one development town in the frontiers of Israel’s southern desert during the 1950s and 1960s. His PhD research, set to begin next fall, is a study of Zionist development consortiums on the global stage during the late imperial period and the cold war.  

Exploring the Linguistic Borders: Between Politics and Language Policy

  Muzna Awayed-Bishara has a PhD from Haifa University and is currently a post-doc fellow at the Hebrew University. Her main research agenda aims at exploring culturally-related issues dealing with hegemonic and Westcentric educational discourses, mainly English as the global/foreign language. 

The first session will be chaired by Yaara Benger Alaluf from the Max Planck Institute for Human Development.