This blog is, first, my sandbox for cultural analyses, political keyboard-interventions and cul de sacs. These are often early thoughts, evolving ideas and tentative (hypo)theses, some of which will be later modified or dropped. I treat it as my public electronic notebook, where, as Foucault once said, some of the things I say here are being said in order to no longer think them, not to be their surrogate, or their ‘author,’ and not to be forced to identify myself in them. To be liberated of their disturbing presence.
Second, this blog is a political act, or a practice that stems form an awareness to the technical and political limitations of the prominence, conventions and performances of academic print publications.
Third, the blog is an electronic business card, if you like, which, as Jeremy Gilbert puts it, is ‘an inevitable symptom of a culture of compulsory self-promotion’.
I am a transdisciplinary ethnographer, culture researcher and discourse/ideology analyst, with a background in postcoloniality, sociology of knowledge, anthropology, communications, Israel-Palestine, Israeli society, Middle East and Islam.
I have two main research interest:
1) Developing social and especially cultural everyday approach for the studying academia’s place in society, particularly in the social sciences and the humanities (SSH), using ethnography of the everyday (similar to STS, which tends to study ‘science’ and labs, and therefore neglects SSH; but can surly learn from it about what is part of academic life and what is more part of science), as well as through research of language and ‘texts’ (broadly defined: i.e. different kinds of discourse analysis).
2) The relationship between everyday and macro cultural-political relations in Palestine-Israel.
I am currently seeking funded opportunities (i.e. postdocs or lectureships) where I can pursue these interests.
My funded PhD study at the University of Manchester explored ideologies and praxis in Middle East and Islam studies in contemporary Israel, and my MA ethnographic thesis ‘Interwoven Ethno-National and Class-Based Identities in Everyday Life of Palestinian Labourers in Jewish Spatial Jerusalem’ won a number of awards.
I teach at the University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University in the fields of politics, discourse, culture, methods and Middle East studies, and have previously taught sociology, anthropology, Hebrew and Arabic.
Former qualifications: MA (distinction) in sociology and social anthropology from Tel Aviv University (2010). BA in communications, Media and Middle Eastern and Islamic studies (2007) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Finally, smart stuff I like to think by:
Nothing means anything on its own
Speak truth to power
Academic language is a dead language for the great majority of
‘Translation is not in the hand of the subject who is translating’
‘Every translation is a placeholder for the original’
‘To will is to way’
‘[Force is] making unbearable of the consequences of not willing what someone wills you to will.’
‘Every history is contemporary history’
-‘but not every history is our contemporary history.’
‘Every quote is necessarily out of context.’