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[TAU] Adi Ophir, Ariella Azoulay, [BGU] Lev Grinberg & [HUJ] Merav Amir in a bashing Israel event
Adi Ophir     Ariella Azoulay     Lev Grinberg       Merav Amir

Editorial Note

The Lexicon for Political Theory of The Minerva Humanities Center (MHC) at Tel Aviv University is led by Professor Adi Ophir, a veteran political activist and a self described critical philosopher who has turned the Lexicon into an incubator of radical scholarship.  

IAM reported that the Lexicon Project has organized a large number of conferences, workshops and meetings abroad.  The Workshop on Occupation at Duke University is representative in this respect.   Ophir and Azoualy, (on Sabbatical at Brown University) were joined by two additional Israeli faculty, Lev Grinberg (BGU) and Merav Amir (HUJ.)  Grinberg is a veteran political activist who accused IDF of committing war crimes, and charged  Israel with engaging in "symbolic genocide" of Palestinians.  Indeed, according to Grinberg, if it was not for the pressure of the international community, Israel would had carried real genocide.  Amir, whose very modest academic output includes commentary on West Bank checkpoints, has supported BDS in a 2012 edited book The Case of Sanctions Against Israel. 

Occupations: an Interdisciplinary & Multinational Workshop - Day 1

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013 - 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: FHI Garage - C105, Bay 4, Smith Warehouse

* Full program schedule now available * Day 1 (Thursday 3/28) 2-6pm; Day 2 (Friday 3/29) 9:30am-5:30pm.

page-occupations-banner.jpgDuring recent years a new type of political struggle has emerged in numerous places around the globe, in which activists of all kinds "occupy" public spaces, or turn private spaces public through their "occupation" for relatively long periods of time. "Occupying" has come to designate the main organizing practice of what seems to be a new type of non-governmental politics. It defines a space of action, a form of co-existence and partnership, modes of interaction with governments and media, and a basis for global collaboration. In the occupied spaces citizenship is re-imagined and re-thought, the multitudes emerge in new forms, the system under which they are ruled and governed are vigorously questioned, and power is both sought and challenged in new ways.

The “Occupations” workshop will address these emerging forms and more standard meanings of occupation, both as social role and profession that the market determines and distributes, and as a condition of rule in which the government is not accountable to the ruled population. Demonstrators in the Middle East and elsewhere have carried posters saying "Occupy Wall Street, not Palestine". The contrast is simple and straightforward, but it points to a much more complex and subtle interplay of freedom and oppression demonstrated in each and every occupied public (or semi-public) square.

Each speaker at this interdisciplinary, multinational workshop will present on one concept whose explication should help us better understand the phenomena of occupation, in its multiple meanings and variety of interrelations. In adopting the format of single-concept-driven papers we are drawing on the model originally developed by Adi Ophir and his colleagues at the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University for the online journal Mafte’akh: Lexical Review of Political Thought. That model has more recently also been adopted by the online journal Political Concepts: A Critical Lexicon housed at the New School for Social Research in New York.

Day 1: Thursday, March 28, 2013

2:00 - 3:30 PM
Adi Ophir, Brown University: Temporariness
Juan Obarrio, Johns Hopkins University: The Event of Appropriation

4:00 - 6:00 PM
Hassan Jabareen, Adalah: Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel: The Paradox of Legality
Kelly Gillespie, University of the Witwatersrand: Law
Ariella Azoulay, Brown University: Revolution

Day 2: Friday, March 29, 2013

9:30am – 11:00am
Merav Amir, Hebrew University of Jerusalem: Post-Occupation
Deborah Posel, University of Cape Town: The Question of Apartheid

11:30am – 1:00pm
Rory Bester, University of the Witwatersrand: Pedagogy and Place
Rebecca Stein, Duke University: Virality

2:00pm – 3:30pm
Sandi Hilal & Alessandro Petti, Al-Quds University / Bard College: The Public Under Occupation

4:00pm – 5:30pm
Lev Grinberg, Ben Gurion University: Political Space
Achille Mbembe, University of the Witwatersrand: Apartheid

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