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Dean of Humanities

Speaker: Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Israel's Politics of Fear and the Palestinians with Dr. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
6:30 PM  to 8:00 PM

307  Sewall Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

The talk will be based on Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian's newly published book about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict entitled Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear. By drawing attention to violence against Palestinians, and by pointing to legal, symbolic and material means of dehumanization, Professor Shalhoub-Kevorkian will explore the production of racialized and violent forms of surveillance and fear that results in human suffering. In connecting the structures of Israeli power with the invisible and mundane lives of the colonized Palestinian people, the talk will share data, including photos, videos, and relevant laws, to show how the personal has become profoundly politicized. Moving from the dead to the newborn, from the graveyard to the womb, from the attack on home to homeland, Shalhoub-Kevorkian will discuss the way in which intimate agonies are political sites of colonial governance.

Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a Palestinian feminist activist and the director of the Gender Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa. Her research focuses on law, society and crimes of abuse of power. Shalhoub-Kevorkian’s previous book is entitled: “Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: The Palestinian Case Study” published by Cambridge University Press, 2010. Her newly published book is entitled: “Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear”, published by Cambridge University Press.

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