TAU & HUJ Ariel Handel "The Palestinians under the Israeli occupation from the point of view of senses"


Ariel Handel, Ph.D, TAU Minerva Humanities Center and HUJ The Truman Institute

Ariel Handel

Editorial Note:


Ariel Handel is a fellow of the Lexicon for Political Theory research project, The Minerva Humanities Center under the directorship of Adi Ophir and a research fellow at the Truman Institute of the Hebrew University. He studies the construction of space and its uses in relations of power and violence. His PhD dissertation (abstract), written at the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas, deals with the movement regime in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and studies the movement restrictions as a distinctive technology of population management and territory appropriation. His supervisors are the radicals Prof. Adi Ophir and Prof. Tovi Fenster.

There is apparently no limit to the "creativeness" of the radical Israeli academics. In July 2012 in Nanterre University, France, Handel and his co-author are going to present a paper which finds that the Israeli authorities use the human senses as a "technology of control" that creates a permanent regime of "uncertainty and disquiet" among the Palestinians. Handel needs to be reminded that only some 40,000 Palestinians still live under direct Israeli rule. How about doing a comparative study of Palestinians who live under the control of the Palestinian Authority or better still, Hamas in Gaza?

EASA2012: Uncertainty and disquiet

Nanterre University, France, 10/07/2012 – 13/07/2012

The senses and their roles in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: lives under a regime of uncertainty

Authors: Ariel Handel (Tel Aviv University)
Cedric Parizot (CNRS)
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Short Abstract

The paper will present the lives of the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories under a permanent and purposed regime of uncertainty produced by the Israeli authorities. This will be done by anthropological phenomenology based on the roles and funct'ion of the five human senses.

Long Abstract

The paper would present the lives of the Palestinians under the Israeli occupation, taking the point of view of the senses and their roles. The purpose would be twofold: (1) to show that in the Occupied Territories prevails a regime of structured and permanent uncertainty, that is used purposely as a means of control; (2) to investigate the anthropological implications of that control technology on the daily lives of the Palestinians in the OT, taking the five human senses, which are the connectors of the human being and the outer world, as the interrogation's key. The paper would analytically define the primary func'tions of the senses - from the positive functio'n, enabling to enjoy scenery, sounds, smells, and tastes, to the preventive funct'ion helping to avoid dangers and obstacles - and to show how, due to the unstable and uncertain nature of the occupied public and private spaces, those functio'ns are hurt, reducing the sensory protective belt to the borders of the body itself, making it penetrable and vulnerable.


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