Place, Body and Story in the Divided City: Exploring Everyday Agency
Public lecture by Dr Johanna MANNERGREN SELIMOVIC, Senior Research Fellow - The Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm and Visiting scholar - Vesalius College, Brussels
Université libre de Bruxelles - Campus du Solbosch
IEE 39 Avenue F. D. Roosevelt, 1050 Bruxelles - Spaak Room (12:00 - 2:00 pm)
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Abstract : This paper investigates everyday ‘ordinary agency’ in the violent context of East Jerusalem. It identifies creative micro-practices of negotiating the security barrier that slices through the city and the lifeworlds of its Palestinian inhabitants. The paper thus grapples with an emerging key question in peace and conflict research: how do we access and understand agency in the quotidian that is not contained in formal, or even informal structures? To investigate the everyday the paper suggests an analytical grid revolving around the concepts of place, body, and story. The paper pays close attention to the seemingly mundane: homework, family dinners, ladders and facebook updates and argues that the everyday holds possibly transformative agency, of importance for the macro dynamics of the Israel/Palestinian conflict.