Anti-Israel conference in Gothenberg, Sweden, 07/2010 "Sociology on the move" with two representing Israel: Lev Luis Grinberg and Avishai Ehrlich

Lev Luis Grinberg, Ben Gurion University, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, webpage:

Avishai Ehrlich, Political Sociology professor at University of Tel Aviv and Academic College of Tel Aviv Jaffa.

2010.07.11-17 | Sociology on the Move, XVII ISA Congress of Sociology (Gothenberg, Sweden)

XVII ISA Congress of Sociology
Sociology on the move

Gothenberg, Sweden
11 - 17 July, 2010

“Sociology on the move” means that our discipline contributes to an understanding of our world by defining new objects of research, devising new approaches and reevaluating its rich heritage. It implies a new openness with regard to other disciplines and to normative questions. The International Sociological Association offers an enormous variety of perspectives – in terms of cultures, gender and generation. They all contribute to the vitality of our discipline.

Determinism is dead in the social sciences. Despite a strong interest in social structures, social mechanisms, forms of reproduction, we are all aware that human beings are not completely dominated by them. The world changes, and this change to a large extent depends on human action and imagination.

If sociology is to be useful, it has to contribute to an understanding of change – and it has to change itself. It is on the move and has to be on the move because the world, the societies, collective and individual actors are on the move.

The congress – devoted to this topic – will focus on developments and themes that have not always been the strong sides of sociology but that are of utmost importance for an understanding of the contemporary situation.

For more informations:

Sociology on the move

Session 5: Whither the Israeli-Palestine conflict?
Chair: Michael Burawoy, Universdity of California, USA

  • Violence and normalcy
    Salim Tamari, Birzeit University, Israel
  • Destruction of communities, trauma and violence: The Holocaust and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
    Avishai Ehrlich, Academic College of Tel Aviv Jaffa, Israel
  • Spacio-cide as a form of a colonial violence
    Sari Hanafi, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
  • Politics and violence in Israel/Palestine, past, present and future
    Lev Luis Grinberg, Ben Gurion University, Israel

Violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not exceptional but has dominated the history of the relations between the two nations. In this context the deployment of violence is generally without legitimacy among the targeted populations.

The objective of this panel is to analyze political developments in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, exploring how ongoing violence constitutes a danger to future mutual recognition and reconciliation. Internal Israeli and Palestinian politics will be examined, showing how they influence the conflict and explaining the central role of military organizations in shaping the relations of each side towards the other.
Panelists will examine how violence as a means of intimidation and subjugation breads retaliation and escalation that normalize this violence. They will examine diverse discursive practices deployed in the Israeli and Palestinian societies that have been used to legitimize the use of violent force by dehumanizing others and portraying them as inherently violent and, thus, deserving of preemptive control and surveillance.





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