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How does waste mediate social and political life?

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins traces Palestinians’ experiences of waste in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Associate Professor of Anthropology Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins at Bard College talk offers an analysis unusual in the study of Palestine: it begins with the environmental, infrastructural, and aesthetic context in which Palestinians forge their lives. She describes how what she calls a “waste siege” was part of a moment of stabilization under occupation in the post-Oslo period, contributing to a sense of indeterminacy around responsibility for the burdensome objects and arrangements of daily life. She asks: What can waste management in the absence of a state tell us about twenty-first-century conditions of settler colonialism, and how can an investigation of infrastructure help us understand Gaza and Palestine more broadly in the present moment?

The George Pierre Castile Anthropology Endowment sponsors this talk with the Anthropology Department, Asian Middle Eastern Studies, the Environmental Studies Program, and the Global Studies Program.

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