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Spotlight: Personally Speaking: Unsettling Gaza

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Spotlight: Personally Speaking: Unsettling Gaza

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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Dr. Joyce Dalsheim will discuss her ground-breaking study of Israeli settlers in the Gaza Strip and the book that resulted from her ethnographic work on Tuesday, February 12, at 6:30 PM at UNC Charlotte Center City. Critics have called her work fascinating, lucid, unsettling, and altogether readable.

The free public talk is the third in the 2012-2013 Personally Speaking lecture series presented by UNC Charlotte’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and J. Murrey Atkins Library.

Her book, Unsettling Gaza: Secular Liberalism, Radical Religion, and the Israeli Settlement Project, considers one of the most contentious issues in the Middle East: the Israeli settlement project. Based on fieldwork in the settlements of the Gaza Strip and surrounding communities during the year prior to the Israeli withdrawal, Unsettling Gaza poses controversial questions about the settlement of Israeli occupied territories in ways that move beyond the usual categories of politics, religion, and culture.

The book critically examines how religiously-motivated settlers think about living with Palestinians, how they express theological uncertainty, and how they imagine the future beyond the confines of territorial nationalism.

The setting for each event is casual, with the author presenting and then engaging in a discussion with attendees. A reception and book signing follow. Reservations are requested via email or by calling 704-687-0085.

Photo credit: Gigi Ibrahim