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Rebecca L. Stein

Professor of Cultural Anthropology
Cultural Anthropology
Box 90091, Durham, NC 27708-0091
205 Friedl Building, 1316 Campus Drive Duke Box 900, Durham, NC 27710

Selected Presentations & Appearances


War and Visual Politics in Palestine/Israel · November 2023 Invited Talk Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, Illinois,
Israeli State Violence in the Age of the Smartphone Witness · November 2023 Invited Talk Global Studies, University of Chicago,
Palestine/Israel and the Forensic Turn: Militant Evidence in the Age of AI · May 2023 Invited Talk Department of Communications, UC San Siego,
Evidence in the Age of AI: The Case of Israel/Palestine - AI 2023, Berlin · April 2023 Invited Talk AI 2023, Berlin,
Palestine/Israel and the Forensic Turn · March 2023 Invited Talk John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
War and Visual Politics in Palestine/Israel · November 2023 Invited Talk Institute for the Humanities, University of Chicago, Illinois,
Israeli State Violence in the Age of the Smartphone Witness · November 2023 Invited Talk Global Studies, University of Chicago,
Palestine/Israel and the Forensic Turn: Militant Evidence in the Age of AI · May 2023 Invited Talk Department of Communications, UC San Siego,
Evidence in the Age of AI: The Case of Israel/Palestine - AI 2023, Berlin · April 2023 Invited Talk AI 2023, Berlin,
Palestine/Israel and the Forensic Turn · March 2023 Invited Talk John Cabot University, Rome, Italy
The Algorithmic State: Abuse Of Power And AI Today · March 2023 Lecture School Of Visual Arts, New York,
The Israeli Military Occupation in the Age of the Smartphone · March 2023 Invited Talk Anthropology Department, Haverford College,
The Israeli Military Occupation in the Age of the Smartphone · January 2023 Invited Talk Birzeit University, Program in Israel Studies, Palestine,
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · December 2022 Lecture LA Jews for Peace,
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · December 2022 Lecture Anthropology Department, University of Toronto,
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · November 2022 Invited Talk School of Advanced and International Studies, Hopkins,
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · October 2022 Invited Talk Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Bogazici University, Turkey,
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · October 2022 Invited Talk Department of Media and Visual Arts, Koc University, Turkey,
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · April 2022 Lecture Department of Anthropology, Harvard University
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · March 2022 Lecture The Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI), University of Westminster, UK,
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · November 2021 Lecture Wake Forest University,
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · November 2021 Lecture Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University,
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · October 2021 - October 2021 Lecture Anthropology Department, Tufts University,
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) - Communication and Media Studies · September 2021 Lecture John Cabot University, Italy, Rome, Italy
Screen Shots: State Violence on Camera in Israel/Palestine (book talk) · May 2021 Instructional Course, Workshop, or Symposium Northwestern University, Middle East Studies
Aesthetics of Digital Circulation & Dissent: The View from Israel/Palestine - Aesthetics of Digital Circulation & Dissent · 2020 Invited Talk NYU University, Kevorkian Center
Digital Dystopia and the Perpetrator: Notes from Israel's Occupation - Perpetrator Studies · November 2019 Instructional Course, Workshop, or Symposium University of Amsterdam,
Dream of the Perfect Camera: Israeli Military Visuality in the Smartphone Age - Digital Israel/Palestine: An International Conference · September 2019 Invited Talk University of Toronto, Anthropology,
The Illusive Archive: Military Seeing in the Smartphone Age - States of Seeing Workshop · June 2019 Invited Talk University of Basel,
Fake News! The View from Israel's Occupation · April 2019 Invited Talk Bard College, Anthropology,
Media Anthropology: Critical Genealogies · February 2019 Invited Talk College of Worchester,
"The Age of the Smartphone Witness: Notes from Palestine/Israel · February 2019 Invited Talk Wesleyan University, Department of Cultural Anthropology,
Digital Visual Culture and Palestine Studies: Notes on Methodology · December 2018 Instructional Course, Workshop, or Symposium Bethlehem University, Bethlehem, Palestine
Digital Visual Culture and Palestine Studies: Notes on Methodology · November 2018 Instructional Course, Workshop, or Symposium An-Najah University, Nablus, Palestine
Digital Visual Culture and Palestine Studies: Notes on Methodology · November 2018 Instructional Course, Workshop, or Symposium Birzeit University, Ramallah, Palestine
Stein, Roundtable presentation on "Our American Israel" - Book Event: Our American Israel · October 2018 Instructional Course, Workshop, or Symposium Department of English, U. Penn, U. Penn
Studying the Occupier: Militarism and Israeli Power Holders,” · June 2018 International Meeting or Conference Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam
Stein, “Israeli State Violence, the Camera, and the Colonial Present" - Imagining Peace Through Conflict -- Workshop · February 2018 Invited Talk Peace Studies Center, University of Arizona, Arizona
Fake News! The View from Israel's Occupation · November 22, 2017 Lecture Palestine Foundation, Washington DC

This talk focuses on Israeli efforts to repudiate state violence against Palestinians by means of an accusation of fraudulence (“fake news!”). The claim has a long history in the Israeli context and in colonial contexts more generally. Dr. Stein focuses on how this now ubiquitous global charge of fakery, with its very long colonial history, is being mobilized by Israeli state officials and right-wing publics to perform an important kind political work: to disavow Palestinian victims and Israeli perpetrators. Or such is the hope.

Impossible Witness: Smartphone Cameras, Israeli State Violence, and the Colonial Present · November 2017 Lecture American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington DC
Seeing Violence, Violent Seeing · November 2017 Lecture American Anthropological Association Meetings,
Military Occupation and the Colonial Present: Lessons from Palestine/Israel · November 2017 Lecture American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington DC

Panel organizer

Selfies and Sovereignty: The View from Israel - Fear and Loathing of the Online Self · May 22, 2017 - May 22, 2017 Lecture John Cabot University and Università degli Studi RomaTre, Rome, Italy
Smartphone Occupation - Violence and Vision · January 17, 2017 - January 17, 2017 Lecture University of Washington, Seattle, WA
The Palestinian City through an Israeli Military Lens - Visualizing the Street · June 16, 2016 - June 17, 2016 Lecture University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam
Archived Occupation: Israeli Military Rule and its Digital Futures - Virtual Zones of Peace and Conflict · March 3, 2016 - March 3, 2016 Lecture Lund University, Sweden
Viral Occupation: Israeli Military Rule in the Digital Age" - Center for Resolution of International Conflicts · March 2, 2016 - March 2, 2016 Lecture University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen
"Occupying, Intimately: Israelis, New Media, Military Rule" - Geographies of Intimacy · February 19, 2016 Lecture Sexuality Studies, Penn Humanities Center
Israeli Military Rule in the Smartphone Age · May 7, 2015 Lecture Middle East Center, American University Beirut
Military Optics in the Digital Age: The Case of Israel's Occupation · April 22, 2015 Lecture Department of Anthropology, New School for Social Research,
Selfie Militarism: Israels Occupation in the Social Media Age · April 16, 2015 - April 17, 2015 Lecture Institute for Middle East Studies, George Washington University,
Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age · March 4, 2015 Lecture Northwestern University
Occupation on Camera: Military Optics in a Time of No-Seeing - Wenner Gren Seminar on Media · March 2015 Lecture Sintra, Portugal
Social Media, the Digital Archive, and Scholarly Futures · November 2014 Lecture Middle East Studies Association,
Photographs in Novel Digital Contexts · November 2014 Lecture Middle East Studies Association,
Selfie Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age · November 2014 Lecture Middle East Studies Association,
Military Occupation Through a Digital Lens · October 2014 Lecture Johns Hopkins University
Viral Occupation: New Media Technologies & Israeli Military Rule · April 2014 Lecture UCLA, MIddle East Studies,
Social Media and Military Occupation · April 2014 Lecture California State University, Long Beach
New Technologies, Israel's Occupation, and the Perpetrator's Archive · March 5, 2014 Lecture Geography Department, University of California, Berkeley
New Technologies, Israel's Occupation, and the Perpetrator's Archive · November 2013 Lecture Geography Department, University of California, Berkeley
Viral Occupation: New Media Technologies & Israeli Military Rule · November 2013 Lecture UC Davis
Instagram Wars: The Israeli Army and the Networked Image · October 30, 2013 Lecture University of California, Davis -- "Sensing the Long War Workshop"
Viral Occupation: New Media Technologies and Israeli Military Rule · October 29, 2013 Lecture University of California, Davis
Social Media and Military Rule in Israel/Palestine · October 4, 2013 Lecture Anthropology Department, University of Toronto
Digital Politics: How Social Media are Changing the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict" - Annual Goldblatt Lecture · October 3, 2013 Lecture McMaster University, Jewish Studies

Invited Lectures ; Rebecca Stein

Virality · March 29, 2013 Lecture Duke University, 'Occupations' Workshop
Israeli Sovereignty and the Camera · March 27, 2013 Lecture Yale University
“Viral Occupation: New Media Technologies and Israeli Military Rule · January 1, 2013 Lecture University of California, Davis
Viral Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the YouTube Witness · December 27, 2012 Lecture AAA Meetings, San Francisco
Viral Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the YouTube Witness · November 21, 2012 Lecture McGill University
Viral Occupation: Israel, Palestine, and the YouTube Witness · November 2012 Lecture AAA Meetings,
Digital Witness: Social Media, Military Occupation, and the Camera · October 18, 2012 - October 20, 2012 Lecture University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, "The New Middle East" Conference
YouTube Occupations: New Media and the Israeli State · December 21, 2011 Lecture Middle East Studies, Washington DC
YouTube Occupations: New Media and the Israeli State · December 21, 2011 Lecture American Studies, Baltimore
The Politics of New Media in the MIddle East (panel organizer) · December 21, 2011 Lecture Middle East Studies, Washington DC
YouTube Occupations: New Media and the Israeli State · December 1, 2011 Lecture Middle East Studies Association,
The Politics of New Media in the Middle East · December 1, 2011 Lecture Middle East Studies Association,
The Arab-Israeli Conflict on YouTube · November 3, 2011 Lecture Tel Aviv University
Social Media and Military Occupation · November 1, 2011 Lecture Birzeit University, Palestine
YouTube Occupations: New Media and the Israeli State · October 21, 2011 Lecture American Studies,
Postcoloniality, Israel/Palestine, and the Digital Turn · October 14, 2011 Lecture Stanford University
New Media, New Military Occupation · June 1, 2011 Lecture NYU, Middle East Studies seminar
StateTube: Israel, YouTube, Technologies of Military Occupation · December 14, 2010 Lecture American Anthrpological Assocation
When the Cell-Phone is the Witness · December 5, 2009 Lecture American Anthropological Association Meetings, Washington D. C.
When the Cell-Phone is the Witness · December 5, 2009 Lecture American Anthropological Association Meetings,
R Right 2 Live: Twitter and the Israeli Incursion in Gaza · November 6, 2009 Lecture American Studies Meetings, Washington D.C.
R Right 2 Live: Twitter and the Israeli Incursion in Gaza · November 6, 2009 Lecture American Studies Meetings,
Rebecca L. Stein · September 27, 2009 Lecture
Archeology, Politics and the Media (Discussant) · April 24, 2009 Lecture Duke University
The 1967 War as Tourist Event · January 2009 Lecture American Historical Association,
Popular Culture and the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict · November 2008 Lecture Triangle Seminar for Jewish Studies
America's Middle East: Cultural Enunciations · November 2008 Lecture Middle East Studies Association,
Haunted Landscapes · February 25, 2008 Lecture Jerusalem Conference, Duke University
On Anti-Semitism and Critique of Israel · January 31, 2008 Lecture University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
The 1967 War as Tourist Event · January 5, 2008 Lecture American Historical Association
America's Middle East: Cultural Enunciations · January 5, 2008 Lecture Middle East Studies Association
Intimate Landscapes: Israeli Geographies of Dispossession · November 29, 2007 Lecture AAA,
Anthropologies of Intimacy · November 29, 2007 Lecture AAA,
Israel’s Security Landscape – or, Revisiting Zionist Geography · November 27, 2007 Lecture AAA,
Early Zionism and Zionist Mythologies · October 2007 Lecture UNC, Department of Geography,
Israeli Consumers, Palestinian Things: Rethinking the Israeli Occupation · December 29, 2006 Lecture UNC, Charlotte
Souvenirs of Conquest: The Israeli Occupation as Tourist Event · December 16, 2006 Lecture Jewish Studies Association,
Memories of 1948: Palestinian Disposssessions, Israeli Things - Annual Meeting · December 27, 2005 Lecture Modern Language Association ,
Continuing Colonialisms: Ireland and Palestine, Comparative Postcolonialities workshop · November 27, 2005 Lecture University of Pittsburg
'Ill-Tasting Falafel,' Souvenirs, and the Surging Tourist Crowd: Rewriting 1967 · November 21, 2004 Lecture Middle East Studies Association,
Rural Imaginaries: Israeli tourism, Palestinian Space, and the Distopic New Middle East - Departmetn of Geography Colloquium Series · October 22, 2004 Lecture UNC, Chapel HIll
Dissent, Protest, and the New Israeli Historiography: Rethinking Israeli Power · October 2004 Lecture Palestine Solidarity Movement conference,
Palestine's Things - Department of Sociology Colloquium · March 19, 2004 Lecture Duke University
Popular Culture, Coloniality, and Technologies of Power - Empires and Cultures Workshop · March 9, 2004 Lecture Stanford University
(Post)colonial Encounters Panel · January 8, 2004 Lecture Modern Language Association,
Palestine's Things · 2004 Lecture American Anthropological Association ,
Postcoloniality and its Anthropological Futures · 2004 Lecture American Anthropological Association,
Anthropology and the Reality Effect · 2003 Lecture Modern Language Association,
Palestine's Things · 2003 Lecture American Anthropological Association,
Postcoloniality and its Anthropological Futures · 2003 Lecture American Anthropological Association,
Tourism and Nation-Making in Israel - International conference on "Sacred Places in Israel and Palestine · 2003 Lecture Austrian Institute for International Affairs,
Postcolonial Encounters Revisited (Panel) · 2003 Lecture Modern Language Association,
Tourism and Nation-Making in Israel · 2003 Lecture University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Military Occupation and its Cultures · 2003 Lecture National Press Club, Washington D.C.
Other Israels: Zionism, Historical Memory, and the Rhetoric of Colonialism - Postcolonial Studies and Beyond · 2002 Lecture University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Palestinian Militarism, Israeli Leisure, and the Politics of Memory · 2002 Lecture European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Invited Lectures ; Rebecca L. Stein

Politics of the Popular: Popular Culture in Israel and Palestine · 2001 Lecture American Anthropological Association,
Queer Zionism: Between Homosexuality and Nationalism on Israeli Popular Television · 2001 Lecture American Anthropological Association,
Eating the Nation: Ethnic Restaurants and the Politics of Consumption in Israel · 2000 Lecture American Anthropological Association,
Mapping the Palestinian Village - or the Biopolitics of 'Peace' - First Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting · 2000 Lecture
Mapping the Palestinian Village - or the Biopolitics of 'Peace · 2000 Lecture First Mediterranean Social and Political Research Meeting,
First Contact and Other Fictions: Tourism, Transnationalism, and the Middle East Peace Process - Department of Geography Colloquium on Transnationalism · 2000 Lecture University of Washington, Seattle
Regional Routes: Transnational Geographies of 'The New Middle East' - American Anthropological Association · 1999 Lecture
States of Travel: Israeli Tourism Policy and the Traveling Subject - American Anthropological Meetings · 1998 Lecture
In the Pleasures of the Landscape: Malinowksi and the Ambivalent Aesthetics of Nature - Modern Language Association Meetings · 1998 Lecture
Travel Agents and Tourist Subjects: Tales of Israeli Tourism Policy - Modern Language Association Meetings · 1998 Lecture
National Leisure: Israeli Tourism in the Galilee - American Anthropological Association Meetings · 1997 Lecture
National Itineraries, Itinerant Nations: Israeli Tourism and Palestinian Cultural Production - Department of Geography Colloquium · 1997 Lecture University of California, Berkeley
Performative Israel: Tourism and Contests of Authenticity - Modern Language Association Meetings · 1996 Lecture
Touring the Intifada: Towards an Epistemology of Tourist Practice - Jusur Conference for Near and Middle East Studies · 1994 Lecture
Yitzhak Rabin Ate Here: Tourism and the Arab-Israeli Sector - Social Science Research Council Middle East Conference · 1994 Lecture
Remapping Jerusalem: Post-Oslo Tourism and the Production of Space - Cultural Studies Conference · 1994 Lecture
Military Closure: Jerusalem Reconfigured - Modern Thought and Literature Conference · 1993 Lecture

Service to the Profession


Manuscripts reviewed for Society and Space: Environment and Planning D · December 22, 2011 Editorial Activities
Chair, Fellowship review committe; Palestinian American Research Council · December 22, 2011 Editorial Activities
Manuscripts reviewed for Society and Space · December 2011 Editorial Activities Environment and Planning D,
Chair, Fellowship review committee - Palestinian American Research Council · December 2011 Editorial Activities

Papers Refereed

Board of Directors, Member: : Palestinian American Research Council · 2011 - 2015 Editorial Activities Washington, DC
Manuscripts reviewed for Society and Space: Environment and Planning D · December 22, 2011 Editorial Activities
Chair, Fellowship review committe; Palestinian American Research Council · December 22, 2011 Editorial Activities
Manuscripts reviewed for Society and Space · December 2011 Editorial Activities Environment and Planning D,
Chair, Fellowship review committee - Palestinian American Research Council · December 2011 Editorial Activities

Papers Refereed

Board of Directors, Member: : Palestinian American Research Council · 2011 - 2015 Editorial Activities Washington, DC
Editorial Board Member, Stanford University Press, Middle East Series · 2011 - December 22, 2011 Editorial Activities
Board of Directors, Member - Palestinian American Research Council · 2011 - 2015 Editorial Activities

Papers Refereed

Editorial Board Member · 2011 - 2016 Editorial Activities Stanford University Press, Middle East Series,

Papers Refereed

Manuscripts reviewed for "Law, Culture, and the Humanities" · January 1, 2008 Editorial Activities
Manuscripts reviewed for "Law, Culture, and the Humanities" · January 2008 Editorial Activities

Papers Refereed

Manuscript reviewed for Stanford University Press · December 2007 Editorial Activities
Manuscripts reviewed for U. Penn Press · December 2007 Editorial Activities

Papers Refereed

Referee, Cultural Anthropologist · December 2007 Editorial Activities
Referee · December 2007 Editorial Activities Comparative Studies in Society and History,
Referee · December 2006 Editorial Activities Tourism Studies,
Referee · December 2006 Editorial Activities Comparative Studies in Society and History,
Manuscript review for University of California Press · December 2006 Editorial Activities
Referee · 2006 Editorial Activities Social Justice: A Journal of Crime, Conflict and World Order,
Chair - Colonial Intersections: Between Anthropology and Literature · December 27, 2005 Event/Organization Administration Modern Language Association annual meetings,
Referee · September 2005 Editorial Activities Journal of Peace Studies,
Referee · September 2005 Editorial Activities American Anthropologist,
Referee · January 2005 Editorial Activities Journal of Palestine Studies,
Referee · January 2005 Editorial Activities Cultural Anthropology,
Referee · 2004 Editorial Activities Cultural Anthropology,
Referee · 2004 Editorial Activities Journal of Palestine Studies,
Advisor - House Course on Israel/Palestine · 2004 Consulting
Chair, Executive Committee, Division on Anthropological Approaches to Literature · 2002 - 2006 Other
Book Review Editor and Editorial Committee Member · 2001 - 2007 Other Middle East Report (MERIP),
Editorial assistant · 1994 - 1995 Other Middle East Report,
Contributing Editor · 1991 - 1993 Other Challenge Magazine,
Editorial assistant · 1990 Other Tikkun Magazine,

Service to Duke


Member, Promotion Committee (Department) · 2024 - 2024 Committee Service International Comparative Studies,

Member, Promotion Committee, Adam Rosenblatt

Chair, Promotion Committee (Department) · 2023 - 2024 Committee Service Cultural Anthropology,

Chair of Harris Solomon Promotion committee

Member, Hiring Committee (Department) · 2023 - 2024 Committee Service Office of the Provost,

Member of the hiring committee for the Vice Provost for Finance and Administration

Academic Program Committee (University) · 2020 - 2024 Committee Service Duke University,

APC committee member

Organizer . Curriculum Innovations · December 31, 2013 - December 31, 2013 Curriculum Innovations

Curriculum Innovations ; In the fall of 2013, I taught a new course entitled "Anthropology of Media." This graduate seminar tracks some of the central themes, arguments, and debates within contemporary anthropological scholarship on media culture. The anthropological understanding of media – and the very notion of which media are worthy of scholarly engagement – has shifted dramatically over the last few decades. Our work in this seminar focuses on the most recent and influential of such interventions, with attention to the new ways that media scholars in the discipline are addressing questions of visual culture and visuality, cultures of sound, agency and the subject, violence and human rights, politics and history. Along the way, we will be particularly attentive to anthropology’s relationship to the growing fields of visual studies, sound studies, digital and new media studies. The bulk of our work will be focused on ethnographic engagements with media of varying kinds with attention to the highly variable ways that anthropologists have grappled with questions of medium, meditation and circulation through their fieldwork. This course will place questions of scholarly professionalization at the forefront of our collective work. In addition to developing a critical theoretical toolbox that might be employed in their own scholarship, students will be asked to read with an eye to scholars’ formal approach to matters of argumentation, citation, and ethnographic narrative and the ways that varying scholars approach questions of disciplinary methodology and epistemology (e.g. how they frame and delimit their objects of analysis, how they navigate the interplay between anthropological and interdisciplinary methodologies and theories, etc.). To further the ends of professional development, students will be asked write a research paper that mimics a publishable journal manuscript -- that is, one that both employs a portion of the theory studied together, but also produced in compliance with the protocols of a particular journal (its preferred argumentative structure, literature review, citational style and politics, etc).

Member, Promotion Committee (Department) · 2024 - 2024 Committee Service International Comparative Studies,

Member, Promotion Committee, Adam Rosenblatt

Chair, Promotion Committee (Department) · 2023 - 2024 Committee Service Cultural Anthropology,

Chair of Harris Solomon Promotion committee

Member, Hiring Committee (Department) · 2023 - 2024 Committee Service Office of the Provost,

Member of the hiring committee for the Vice Provost for Finance and Administration

Academic Program Committee (University) · 2020 - 2024 Committee Service Duke University,

APC committee member

Organizer . Curriculum Innovations · December 31, 2013 - December 31, 2013 Curriculum Innovations

Curriculum Innovations ; In the fall of 2013, I taught a new course entitled "Anthropology of Media." This graduate seminar tracks some of the central themes, arguments, and debates within contemporary anthropological scholarship on media culture. The anthropological understanding of media – and the very notion of which media are worthy of scholarly engagement – has shifted dramatically over the last few decades. Our work in this seminar focuses on the most recent and influential of such interventions, with attention to the new ways that media scholars in the discipline are addressing questions of visual culture and visuality, cultures of sound, agency and the subject, violence and human rights, politics and history. Along the way, we will be particularly attentive to anthropology’s relationship to the growing fields of visual studies, sound studies, digital and new media studies. The bulk of our work will be focused on ethnographic engagements with media of varying kinds with attention to the highly variable ways that anthropologists have grappled with questions of medium, meditation and circulation through their fieldwork. This course will place questions of scholarly professionalization at the forefront of our collective work. In addition to developing a critical theoretical toolbox that might be employed in their own scholarship, students will be asked to read with an eye to scholars’ formal approach to matters of argumentation, citation, and ethnographic narrative and the ways that varying scholars approach questions of disciplinary methodology and epistemology (e.g. how they frame and delimit their objects of analysis, how they navigate the interplay between anthropological and interdisciplinary methodologies and theories, etc.). To further the ends of professional development, students will be asked write a research paper that mimics a publishable journal manuscript -- that is, one that both employs a portion of the theory studied together, but also produced in compliance with the protocols of a particular journal (its preferred argumentative structure, literature review, citational style and politics, etc).

Erdag Goknar tenure committee (School) · December 30, 2013 Committee Service
Humanities Writ Large, Faculty Advisory Board (School) · December 30, 2013 Committee Service
Co-Chair, Search for Smart Chair in Jewish Studies (School) · December 27, 2012 Committee Service
Organizer . Curriculum Innovations · December 27, 2012 - December 27, 2012 Curriculum Innovations

Curriculum Innovations ; In the spring of 2012, I designed and taught a new course entitled, "Cultures of New Media" -- a course that stems from my current research on the linkages between digital media and political culture in the Israel/Palestine context. This advanced undergraduate seminar tracked a long history of new media beginning in the late 19th and early 20th century (with a focus on the camera, the radio, and cinema) -- and progressed towards the more recent new media that have developed in the digital age. This class took an interdisciplinary approach, combining readings from Anthropology, Sociology, Science and Technologies Studies, Communications, and Critical Theory. The course culminated with a research paper which invited students to employ the theoretical tool box we have studied with a contemporary case study of their choosing.

DGS, Cultural Anthropology · 2012 - 2015 Other
DUS, Cultural Anthropology · September 1, 2011 - 2016 Other
Organizer . Theoretical Foundations · December 14, 2010 - December 14, 2010 Curriculum Innovations

Curriculum Innovations ; In the fall of 2010, I redesigned the departmental undergraduate requirement, "Theoretical Foundations." In my course, I sought to introduce advanced undergraduates to some of the key theoretical literatures and debates on which contemporary scholarship in Cultural Anthropology relies. While our work was an attempt to understand the theoretical tenets of the field, it was not bound by its disciplinary limits. Rather, we read widely in social and cultural theory, studying those texts, theorists, and theoretical paradigms that have had the most impact on contemporary scholarship. Our course was divided into two parts. Part One focused solely on foundational theoretical texts from the last century, endeavoring to understand their central arguments and the texts with which they are in conversation. Part Two considered the interface between theory and ethnography of the last two decades, focusing on a set of topics that have been particularly important within the field (e.g. the critique of human rights; medical anthropology; critical studies of science, technology, and media; etc.). Our readings were complemented by collaborative, in class analyses of primary texts (e.g. documentary films, human rights documents, etc.) which exercised student skills in bringing theory to bear on real world contexts. The course aimed to consider the ways that theory is employed in this work to make sense of the daily practices, social formations, and populations that anthropologists study.

Graduate Committee (Department) · January 2, 2009 Committee Service
Judaic Studies Executive Committee (Department) · 2007 - 2016 Committee Service
DGS, Cultural Anthropology, AY · 2007 - 2008 Other
Affiliated Faculty, Sexuality Studies · 2007 - 2016 Other
Islamic Studies Board (Department) · 2006 - 2016 Committee Service
A&S Council, Representative from Cultural Anthropology · 2005 - 2007 Other
JD/MA Advisor, Department of Cultural Anthropology · 2005 - 2011 Other
Program Advisor, JD/MA program · 2004 - 2016 Other
Faculty Advisor · 2004 - 2005 Other THREAD magazine,