Accepted Paper:

The senses and their roles in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: lives under a regime of uncertainty  


Ariel Handel (Tel Aviv University)
Cedric Parizot (CNRS)

Paper short abstract:

The paper will present the lives of the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories under a permanent and purposed regime of uncertainty produced by the Israeli authorities. This will be done by anthropological phenomenology based on the roles and function of the five human senses.

Paper long abstract:

The paper would present the lives of the Palestinians under the Israeli occupation, taking the point of view of the senses and their roles. The purpose would be twofold: (1) to show that in the Occupied Territories prevails a regime of structured and permanent uncertainty, that is used purposely as a means of control; (2( to investigate the anthropological implications of that control technology on the daily lives of the Palestinians in the OT, taking the five human senses, which are the connectors of the human being and the outer world, as the interrogation's key. The paper would analytically define the primary functions of the senses - from the positive function, enabling to enjoy scenery, sounds, smells, and tastes, to the preventive function helping to avoid dangers and obstacles - and to show how, due to the unstable and uncertain nature of the occupied public and private spaces, those functions are hurt, reducing the sensory protective belt to the borders of the body itself, making it penetrable and vulnerable.

Panel W015
Living uncertainty: navigating gray-zones of unreliable realities in the Middle East (EN)