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Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

In Colonial Shoes: Notes on the Material Afterlife in Post-Oslo Palestine

[Burning garbage in Nablus. Photo by Maria Zerihoun]

A strange and unexpected kind of waste fell across my path as I set out to research what I had neatly packaged for myself as “the politics of waste management in the West Bank.” It was late 2009 when an American friend introduced me to it on one of my first days in Jenin. “Oh, you are interested in trash? You’ll love this place, it is full of it!” And we were off. What struck me most when we finally made our way through an orgy of fresh fruits and vegetables, sold-off stands ...

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Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins

Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins
is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at Columbia University. Her current research is on the intersections of garbage, sewage and waste markets with the changing nature of occupation in post-Oslo Palestine.