Coordinator

Dr. Alexander Koensler

Email: alexander.koensler(at)unipg.it

University website: www.unipg.it/personale/alexander.koensler

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Alexander is Senior Researcher at University of Perugia (Italy), hired with a programme co-financed by the Italian Ministry of Education that aims to reverse “brain drain”. After completing his PhD in Social Anthropology (University of Siena 2009), he held interdisciplinary research and teaching positions at Queen’s University Belfast, University of Perugia, University of Münster (Germany) and the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel). Among others, he published the monograph Israeli-Palestinian Activism: Changing Paradigms (Routledge 2015) and articles in journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, L’homme et la société and Journal of Political Ecology. He is a member of the Center for Documentary Research at Queen’s University Belfast and coordinates with Elena Apostoli Cappello the network “Anthropology and Social Movements” of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA).

 

Areas of Expertise

Combining recent developments in Ethnography with Social Movement Studies and Political Anthropology, Alexander is interested in the social production of political claims,  how to illuminate the potential of “acts” in their ambiguous function of moments of rupture/reproduction and the limits and potential of peace-activism in conflicts.

Over the course of the past decade he has carried out extensive ethnographic fieldwork with Arab-Jewish alliances in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and about the politics of recognition of Arab-Bedouin rights in the Israeli Negev desert. Currently he carries out fieldwork with networks of neop-peasant activism about the right to certify (i.e. “Participatory Guarantee Systems”, PGS) and the opaque side of transparency.

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Selected Publications

Books

2015 (monograph): Israeli-Palestinian Mobilizations: Shifting Paradigms. Farnham: Ashgate.

2012 (co-edited with Amalia Rossi): Comprendere il dissenso. Etnografia e l’antropologia dei movimenti sociali, Morlacchi Editore, Perugia [Understanding dissent. Ethnography and the anthropology of social movements].

2008 (monograph): Amicizie vulnerabili. Coesistenza e conflitto in Israele. Morlacchi Editore, Perugia [Vulnerable Friendships. Coexistence and Conflict in Israel]. The volume includes a DVD.

 

Articles

2019 (in press). Prefigurative Politics in Practice. Concrete Utopias in Italy’s Food Sovereignity Activism, Mobilization

2019 (in press) Affective Borderlands. Experiences in Practice of the Neo-Zionist Settling Enterprise in Israel, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography

2018 Reinventing Transparency. Governance, Trust and Passion in Activism for Food Sovereignty in Italy, in: Ethnologia Europaea, no 48,1

2017 (with Cristina Papa) L’uomo accademico flessibile: due casi a confronto, in: Anuac, 6,1, pp. 83-88

2016 Acts of Solidarity: Crossing and Reiterating Israeli-Palestinian Frontiers, in: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, no. 40, 2, pp. 340–356

2016 (with Cristina Papa) Che cosa richiede il cambiamento? Percorsi postgramsciani per un’etnografia politica della contemporaneità, in: Lares: Quadrimestrale di studi demoetnoantropologici, no. LXXXI, 2-3, pp. 407-426

2016: Islamismo e terrore: un grande Jihad contro il senso comune (essay), Anuac 4(2): 51-66.

2015: Auto-certificazioni, in: AM – Antropologia Museale, 34, pp. 29-32.

2014: Human Rights, Local Plights. Implications of Human Rights Activism for Arab-Bedouin Citizens in Israel, in: “ISCTSJ Working Papers Series” 3-14

2014: Le conflit comme performance : contestation et politique de l’espace des bédouins arabes en Israël, in: L’homme et la société, 187/188, pp. 205-226.

2012: Frictions as opportunity: mobilizing for Arab-Bedouin ethnic rights in Israel, in: Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36(11), pp. 1808-1828.

2012: Insurgent Building. Spatial Practices of Resistance in the Bedouin-State Conflict in Southern Israel, in: International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, 37(1), pp. 46–60.

2012: Studiare frizioni: attivisti, giornalisti e beduini intorno ad un “villaggio fantasma” in Israele, ANUAC Rivista, 1(2), pp. 1-24.

2011: Spielräume der Mobilisierung. Transnationale Fiedensnetzwerke in Israel seit dem Gaza-Krieg, in: Zeitschrift für Ethnologie/Journal of Ethnology 136(1), pp. 123-137.

2011 (with Cristina Papa): Political tourism in the Israeli-Palestinian space, in: Anthropology Today 27 (2), pp. 9-14.

2010: Practices of Reality. Demolitions and Reconstructions of a Ghost Village in Israel, in: Cultural Politics 6(3), pp. 357-382.

2005: Protesta e potere intorno alla costruzione di un nuovo insediamento nel deserto del Negev, in: Achab 11, 2/2005, pp. 32-38.

 

Chapters in Edited Volumes

2016: Emerging Spheres of Resonance: “Clandestinely Genuine” Food Networks and the Challenges of Governing Sustainability in Italy, in: Envisioning Sustainabilities in Times of Disaster (a cura di Fiona Murphy and Pierre McDonagh), Cambridge Scholars Press, Cambridge.

2012 (co-authored with Amalia Rossi): Introduzione: comprendere il dissenso, in: “Comprendere il dissenso. Introduzione all’antropologia dei movimenti sociali” (ed: Alexander Koensler and Amalia Rossi), Morlacchi Editore, Perugia, pp. 13-34.

2012: Per un’antropologia dei movimenti: etnografia e paradigmi dell’analisi dei movimenti, in: “Comprendere il dissenso. Introduzione all’antropologia dei movimenti sociali” (Eds. Alexander Koensler and Amalia Rossi), Morlacchi Editore, Perugia, pp. 47-57 [The anthropology of social movements: Ethnography and shifting paradigms in the study of social movements].

2010: Cambiare il mondo e aprire il cuore? Negoziare modelli di convivenza nel Negev (Israele), in: “Saperi antropologici, media e società civile nell’Italia Contemporanea” (a cura di Luisa Faldini e Eliana Pili), CISU, Roma, pp.67-79.

2010: Coesistenza e conflitto nel deserto del Negev, in: “Miti di guerra, riti di pace” (Ed. C. Masseria e D. Loscalzo), EdiPuglia, Bari. [Coexistence and Conflict in the Negev-desert], pp.23-32.

2009: Turismo sostenibile e sostenibilità militare. Connessioni parziali intorno a un progetto di sviluppo dal basso nel deserto del Sinai, in: “Il turismo come strumento di sviluppo locale sostenibile” (Eds. Luisa Faldini et al.), Cisu, Roma, [Sustainable Tourism and the Sustainability of Frontiers. Partial Connections of a Grassroot Development Project in the Sinai-Desert], pp. 251-265.

2009: Il beduino e la tenda: un’associazione fatale. Dinamiche di protesta e potere intorno alla costruzione di un nuovo insediamento in Israele, in: “Annali della Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia dell’Università degli Studi di Perugia“ 2007/08, XLV, XXXI, pp. 95-131.

2008: I muri permeabili. Un’etnografia del “sapere di frontiera” in Israele e Palestina, in: “Campo, Spazio, Territorio. Approcci antropologici” (Ed. Pier Giorgio Solinas), Ed.it, Catania [Permeable Walls. An Ethnography of “Frontier Knowledge” in Israel and Palestine], pp. 65-79.

 

Edited Journal

2013 (with Cristina Papa): After anthropocentrism? Environmental conflicts, social movements, and power, Journal of Political Ecology, special issue vol. 20, pp. 286-294.

 

Documentaries

2018 (with F. Loce-Mandes): De-commodifying Foodways (Italy/UK. 70 min.)

2016 (with F. Loce-Mandes): An Experimental Path (Italy/UK, 38 min.)

2008: La verità liquida. La storia dell’attivismo per la terra dei beduini in Israele (Documentary, 43,00 min.), Morlacchi Editori, Perugia [Liquid Truth. A Story of Activism for Bedouin Land-Rights in Israel].

 

Miscellanea

2012: Identità e pluralità nel dialogo interreligioso. Manuale delle buone pratiche in cinque passi. CIDIS, Perugia [Identity and Pluralism in Interreligious Dialogues. A Manual of Good Practices in Five Steps].

2003: Per Anhalter in die Sahara. Und hinter dem Horizont immer noch derselbe Asphalt, in: Deutsche Rundschau, April 2003.

1999: Das Nichts aushalten. Zwischen den Muellmenschen von Kairo, in: Deutsche Rundschau, July 1999.

1997: Anti-Paedagogik: das Ende der Erziehungsideologie?, in: “Hoer auf zu lernen, beginn zu denken – SchuelerInnenreader”, Ludwig-Quidde-Forum, Wuppertal, pp. 17-20.