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Rebecca Stein

Dept. of Cultural Anthropology | Duke University
Presentation: "Occupation In Camera: New Photographic Technologies of Israeli Military Rule"

I am a cultural anthropologist at Duke University researching linkages between culture and politics in Israel in the context of the Israeli military occcupation and legacy of the Palestinian dispossession.  My current work considers the place of new media within the contemporary Israeli political landscape.

I am the author of Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (co-authored with Adi Kuntsman; forthcoming from Stanford University Press), which studies the ways that social media is changing the Israeli relationship to its military occupation, both for those in its armed forces, both on and off the battlefield, and for Israeli civilians in the course of their everyday lives; Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Duke University Press, 2008) which considers the relationship between tourism, mobility politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the coeditor of Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2005) with Ted Swedenburg; and the co-editor of The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 with Joel Beinin (Stanford University Press, 2006). 


digital rebellionIn late April of 2014, an amateur video of Israeli army aggression in the occupied West Bank began to circulate online. The content was neither new nor surprising: a soldier shoving, kicking and pointing his gun at unarmed Palestinian teenagers in Hebron’s old city. What was new, however, was the form and scale of the public response.