On (not) choosing between mobility and visibility:
Crossing sexual and national borders in Israel/Palestine
The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Statement of Purpose
This text is about how a political regime limits the public presence of marginalized groups, and how marginalized groups manage these limitations. It will conjoin two dimensions of analysis (mobility and visibility), two political concerns (heteronormativity and ethnocracy) and a geographical domain that is hard to label as single or twofold (Israel/Palestine). Of course, things would be much neater if I handled these aspects one at a time, but being neat is not always the most instructive strategy. The 'diagonal' analysis here, studying the interaction between moving about and carrying identities on either side and across the 1967 Israel/Palestine ‘border’, while insisting on the superposition of sexuality and ethnicity, slices, I believe, a challenging cross-section of how Israeli governmentality works. Even more importantly, this diagonal approach helps reconstructing some techniques available to marginalized people for resisting their stationary exclusion from view.
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