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Waste siege: the life of infrastructure in Palestine
This 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, naming that context a “waste siege.” Author Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins suggests that to speak of waste siege is to describe a series of conditions: from smelling wastes to negotiating military infrastructures, from biopolitical forms of colonial rule to experiences of governmental abandonment, from obvious targets of resistance to confusion over responsibility for the burdensome objects of daily life. She focuses on waste as an experience of everyday life that is continuous with, but not a result only of, occupation. Tracing Palestinians’ experiences of wastes over the past decade, and their improvisations for mitigating the effects of this siege, she explores how multiple authorities governing the West Bank — including municipalities, the Palestinian Authority, international aid organizations, and Israel — rule by waste siege, whether intentionally or not.

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bard College with interests in infrastructure, waste, environment, colonialism, austerity, and platform capitalism.

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The Sustainable Futures speaker series stimulates interdisciplinary collaboration around issues related to energy, the environment, and society. These lectures are sponsored by the Schatz Energy Research Center, the Environment & Community graduate program, and the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at Humboldt State. All events are free and open to the public, and live captioning is provided for all talks. To request additional support, please contact info@schatzcenter.org or call 707-826-4345. Visit http://schatzcenter.org/speakers for the full season lineup!

Sep 30, 2021 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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