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Anthropologist Ilana Feldman speaks on Palestinian Refugee Politics
The Global Affairs Program is very excited to announce that GWU Professor Ilana Feldman will be speaking at Mason on Wednesday, October 17th at 5pm in Merten Hall #1201. Ilana Feldman is Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University. She will be speaking about her new book, which will be published later this month. Her talk is free and open to the public.
Her new book, Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics (University of California Press, 2018), is about Palestinian refugees’ experience of protracted displacement, among the lengthiest in history. Based on her extensive archival and ethnographic field research, Feldman offers a comprehensive account of the Palestinian refugee experience living with humanitarian assistance in many spaces and across multiple generations. Feldman asks about what it means for a temporary status to become chronic. How do people in these conditions assert the value of their lives? What does the Palestinian situation tell us about the world?
Ilana Feldman is the author of Governing Gaza: Bureaucracy, Authority, and the Work of Rule, 1917-67 (Duke University Press, 2008), Police Encounters: Security and Surveillance in Gaza under Egyptian Rule (Stanford University Press, 2015), Life Lived in Relief: Humanitarian Predicaments and Palestinian Refugee Politics (University of California Press, 2018); and co-editor (with Miriam Ticktin) of In the Name of Humanity: The Government of Threat and Care (Duke University Press, 2010).