The Politics of Land. Archaeology, Architecture and City Planning in Israel
This season’s theme intends to approach its broad subject via a spectrum of political, legal and cultural perspectives. We will examine more closely how the realities of ‘land’ or ‘territory’ impact on the daily lives of Israeli and foreign citizens living in the State of Israel, be they Israeli, Palestinian, Jewish, Muslim or Christian.
Dr Wendy Pullan (Cambridge) – In the Shadow of the Wall: Icon and Identity in Jerusalem’s Separation Barrier
In Jerusalem, the separation barrier has galvanized public opinion, both in its role as a hard barrier inside a divided city and as the visible ‘tip of the iceberg’ that reflects only a fraction of the political and military regime supporting the occupation. This lecture will acknowledge the wall’s political status but focus on issues to do with the iconicity of such a structure, including its power in situ in the human landscape, in the media and in its existential meanings.
Wendy Pullan is based at the University of Cambridge where she is Head of the Department of Architecture and Director of the Centre for Urban Conflicts Research. Her recent publications include: Locating Urban Conflicts (2013), Architecture and Pilgrimage (2013) and The Struggle for Jerusalem’s Holy Places (2013). She is a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge. Further details: www.conflictincities.org; www.urbanconflicts.arct.cam.ac.uk
Welcome by Dr Michael Schaich (Deputy Director, GHIL):
Introduction by Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, LBI):