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Accepted Paper:

has pdf download Juggling positions: between peace activism and studying soldiers  
Erella Grassiani (University of Amsterdam)

Paper short abstract:

This paper will deal with the politics of studying Israeli soldiers, while being an activist at the same time.

Paper long abstract:

This paper will deal with the juggling of the researcher's position in the field between peace activism and studying soldiers. During my fieldwork in Israel between 2006-2007 I studied soldiers who had been active as combatants in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Later, in the summer of 2006, I also interviewed those who were sent as reserves into Lebanon where the 'Second Lebanon War' had broken out. At the same time I was actively engaged in the protest movement against this war. Such a position is susceptible to criticism, I my case of two kinds: those who criticized me for researching Israeli soldiers in general, but especially without looking at their Palestinian victims and those who thought my (open) activism to stand in the way of my abilities as a researcher. In this paper I would like to counter these critics by showing the way I juggled between these positions.

Panel W086
Ethics in conflict: doing research in conflict areas and the ethical dilemmas that arise
  Session 1