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Spring 2016-2017
ENG 575 / HUM 571 / ARC 570   na, npdf

Conflict Shorelines II: Conflict, Settlement, & Environmental Violence

Eduardo L. Cadava
Eyal Weizman


This course explores the Israeli-Palestine conflict as a history of spatial and environmental transformations by considering the threshold of the Negev desert. This desert edge is a conflict shoreline along which multiple struggles unfold: settlements displace native people in order to make the desert bloom, while climate change desertifies large tracts of formerly agrarian lands. This course investigates the nature of these contemporary conflicts by establishing relations among colonial history, architecture, literature, and climate change and by examining the political, legal, and aesthetic challenges that environmental violence initiates.

Sample reading list:
Ariella Azoulay, The Civil Contract of Photography
Meron Benvenisti, Sacred Landscape
Mahmoud Darwish, A River Dies of Thirst
Rob Nixon, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor
Salim Tamari, Mountain Against the Sea
Eyal Weizman and Fazal Sheikh, The Conflict Shoreline

Lab Reports - 50%
Oral Presentation(s) - 25%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Other Requirements:
International Travel Required
Open to Graduate Students Only.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Interested students should submit a 1-2 page description of their interest and any relevant background to Eduardo Cadava ( by February 7, 2017..

Other information:
Combining an architecture studio with an experimental humanities lab and using a combination of archival resources, colonial era literature, field research and remote sensing mapping technologies, we will travel to Israel/Palestine during the spring break to conduct onsite investigations and to devise novel "testimonial strategies" to corroborate and expand the investigations of the Zochrot Truth Commission.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43768 B01 09:30:00 am - 12:20:00 pm Th   McCosh Hall   B12   Enrolled:7 Limit:12
43767 C01 07:30:00 pm - 10:20:00 pm W   Architecture Building   N107   Enrolled:7 Limit:12