The Politics of the Trail: Biking along the Frontier of Jerusalem

Oded L÷wenheim

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

In this talk, Oded L÷wenheim presents an autoethnographic story of his daily mountain bicycle rides along the frontier of Jerusalem. Each day, when he commutes from his home at Mevasseret Zion, a suburb of Jerusalem, to Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew University, in Jerusalem, he passes along various symbols, evidence and debris of past, present, and future violence and conflict: the separation fence between Israel and the Palestinians; two depopulated Palestinian villages from the 1948 war; a house in which seven Jews were brutally massacred by their Palestinian neighbours in the 1929 Riots; a railroad worksite which confiscates Palestinian agricultural land; the largest 9/11 memorial site outside the US; and a nuclear-proof bunker which is being built in order to provide shelter and "continuity of government" for the Israeli cabinet in case of an all-out war. Through relating the stories of these places and the people he meets along his 11 kilometer-long road, he ponders the culture of conflict in Israel and reflects on the moral, ethical and historical questions that this landscape presents.

Oded L÷wenheim is Senior Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. A specialist in international relations theory, his research focuses on questions of authority in international relations, emotions and politics, international governmentality, and the micro-foundations of international politics. The latter is explored in his 2010 article in the Review of International Studies, "The 'I' in IR: An Autoethnographic Account."

Wednesday, 14 March 2012
4:00 to 5:30 pm
Faculty of Public Affairs Boardroom
D382 Loeb Building
Carleton University
Light refreshments will be provided.
Registration is requested by Monday, 12 March 2012
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