Ilana Feldman discusses the geography of near displacement—Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip, the five fields of UNRWA operations in the Middle East. This talk explores the intersecting, but not identical, experiences of both providers and recipients while looking critically at the politics of humanitarianism. Please Note: This lecture occurred on April 11, 2019.
Ilana Feldman is Associate Professor of Anthropology, History, and International Affairs at George Washington University. She is the author of several books on the topics of humanitarianism, governmentality, and the experience of Palestinian refugees. Her current project traces the Palestinian experience with humanitarianism in the years since 1948, exploring both how this aid apparatus has shaped Palestinian social and political life and how the Palestinian experience has influenced the broader post-war humanitarian regime.
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