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Nicola Perugini

Paradoxical Modernity: Pasolini and Israele

[Pier Paolo Pasolini walking in Palestine. Image from the author's archive.]

The multifaceted work[i] of Pier Paolo Pasolini has largely been examined, and is still inspiring different disciplinary, epistemological, and political explorations and reflections inside and outside of Italy. However, his particular filmic and poetic engagement with Israel/Palestine has oddly attracted little attention.    Pasolini writes his poemwork Israele (1964) during one of the most intellectually and humanly intense moments of his life. A lawsuit is in ...

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الاقتصاد الأخلاقي للاستعمار الاستيطاني: إسرائيل و"الصدمة النفسية للإخلاء"


يمكن أن تُجسّد عمليات إخلاء المستوطنات في وضْعٍ استعماريّ لحظات من تمزّق محتمل وقلْب لنظام سياسي متأصّل في انتزاع الملكية. تتّسم لحظات كهذه، في حالة إسرائيل وفلسطين، بالتعبير من جديد عن مشروع الاستعمار الاستيطاني ومعاودة شَرْعَنته. ويحدثُ هذا عبر تطوير اقتصادٍ أخلاقيّ محدّد للاستيطان قائم على التعبئة السياسية للصدمة النفسية. أستخدمُ فكرة الاقتصاد الأخلاقي للاستعمار الاستيطاني من أجل أن أعرّف الطريقة التي عُبِّر بها عن عمليات الإخلاء كصدمة نفسية قومية، وعن المستوطن الذي ...

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The Moral Economy of Settler Colonialism: Israel and the “Evacuation Trauma”

[A portion of the separation wall in East Jerusalem. Image by Paolo Cuttitta.]

The evacuations of settlements in a colonial situation can represent moments of potential rupture and reversal of a political order rooted in dispossession. In the case of Israel and Palestine, however, such moments are characterized by the re-articulation and re-legitimization of the settler colonial enterprise. This takes place through the development of a specific settler moral economy founded on the political mobilization of trauma.  I utilize the notion of moral ...

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Nicola Perugini


Nicola Perugini is Assistant Professor at and Director of the Human Rights Program at the Al Quds Bard College (Jerusalem, Palestine), and incoming Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Cogut Center for the Humanities (Middle East Studies, Italian Studies, Brown University, US).

His current research focuses on the relationship between human rights and domination in Palestine/Israel. He is writing a book on this topic with Neve Gordon (The Human Right to Dominate, forthcoming by Oxford University Press).

He has published articles on embedded anthropology, asylum seekers, humanitarianism, politics of the gaze, law and spatial practices, and settler colonialism in a number of Italian and International edited volumes and journals, including Antropologia Medica and History of the Present.  

Perugini collaborates with DAAR (Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency, Beit Sahour, Palestine) and has collaborated with the research project “Forensic Architecture” (Goldsmiths, University of London, project funded by the European Research Council). From 2010 to 2012 he has worked as a consultant for Unesco in Palestine and he is the co-recipient of the 2011 Melina Mercouri International Prize the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural Landscapes.