Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian | Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian’s latest work is an examination of Palestinian experiences of life and death within the context of Israeli settler colonialism, broadening the analytical horizon to include those who “keep on existing” and explores how Israeli theologies and ideologies of security, surveillance and fear can obscure violence and power dynamics while perpetuating existing power structures. Drawing from everyday aspects of Palestinian victimization, survival, life and death, and moving between the local and the global, Shalhoub-Kevorkian introduces and defines her notion of “Israeli security theology” and the politics of fear. She relies on a feminist analysis, invoking the intimate politics of the everyday and centering the Palestinian body, family life, memory and memorialization, birth and death as critical sites from which to examine the settler colonial state’s machineries of surveillance which produce and maintain a political economy of fear that justifies colonial violence.


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Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology & School of Social Work and Public Welfare
Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
UC Davis School of Law, King Hall Rm 1301

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian is the Lawrence D. Biele Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is a longtime anti-violence, native Palestinian feminist activist and the director of the Gender Studies Program at Mada al-Carmel, the Arab Center for Applied Social Research in Haifa. Her research focuses on law, society and crimes of abuse of power. She studies the crime of femicide and other forms of gendered violence, crimes of abuse of power in settler colonial contexts, surveillance, securitization and social control, and trauma and recovery in militarized and colonized zones. Shalhoub-Kevorkian’s most recent book is entitled: Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: The Palestinian Case Study published by Cambridge University Press, 2010. Her upcoming book is entitled: Security Theology, Surveillanceand the Politics of Fear, published by Cambridge University Press. She has published articles in multi-disciplinary fields including British Journal of Criminology, International Review of Victimology, Feminism and Psychology, Middle East Law and Governance, International Journal of Lifelong Education, American Behavioral Scientist Journal,Social Service Review, Violence Against Women, Journal of Feminist Family Therapy: An International Forum, Social Identities, Social Science and Medicine, Signs, Law & Society Review, and more. As a resident of the old city of Jerusalem, Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a prominent local activist. She engages in direct actions and critical dialogue to end the inscription of power over Palestinian children’s lives, spaces of death, and women’s birthing bodies and lives.

Shalhoub-Kevorkian received an M.A. in 1989 and a Ph.D. in 1994 from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has been visiting law professor at UCLA and USC, and is also a lecturer in the Faculty of Social Work. Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a criminologist and specialist in human rights and women’s rights. She consulted with Human Rights Watch on its most recent report on violence against Palestinian women in Israel and with the UNIFEM division of the United Nations.