Coordinator

Dr. Alexander Koensler 

Dipartimento di Filosofia, scienze sociali, umane e della formazione (Fissuf), Università degli studi di Perugia,
Piazza Morlacchi 30, 06126 Perugia (Italy), www.unipg.it

Email: alexander.koensler(at)unipg.it

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Alexander is a Senior Researcher in Social Anthropology at University of Perugia, Italy (PhD University of Siena 2009), hired with a program that aims to reverse “brain drain”. He holds the Italian National Qualification as Full Professor (asn 2020, M-Dea/01) and served in different faculty positions at Queen’s University Belfast, University of Münster (Germany) and the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel). 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


Focusing on the link between social innovation and grassroot activism, his work combines recent developments in ethnography with social movement studies and political anthropology. He is interested in the social production of political claims, the reconfiguration of interpretative categories in conflicts and the role of political “acts” as moments of rupture/reproduction. Over the course of the past decade he has carried out extensive ethnographic fieldwork with Arab-Jewish alliances in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and activism for food sovereignty in Italy.


Selected Publications


Research Monographs

  • 2020 (with S. Boni and A. Rossi): Etnografie militanti: Prospettive e dilemmi. Milano: Meltemi
  • 2019 (with P. Meloni): Antropologia dell’alimentazione: consumo, produzione e movimenti sociali.Milano: Carrocci
  • 2015: Israeli-Palestinian Mobilizations: Shifting Paradigms. London: Routledge.
  • 2012 (co-edited with A. Rossi): Comprendere il dissenso. Etnografia e l’antropologia dei movimenti sociali, Morlacchi Editore, Perugia.
  • 2008: Amicizie vulnerabili. Coesistenza e conflitto in Israele. Morlacchi Editore, Perugia. The volume includes a DVD.

Articles

  • 2021 [Forum contribution], Trying a Sobrero? (Forum “New climate change activism: before and after the Covid‐19 pandemic”), Social Anthropology, 29(1), pp.232-234
  • 2020 Prefigurative Politics in Practice. Concrete Utopias in Italy’s Food Sovereignty Activism, Mobilization: An International Quarterly, 25, 1, pp. 101-119
  • 2020 Antonio Gramsci, Waddah Charara and Walter Benjamin: A walk on the wild side of intellectual militancy (review article), Anuac 9, 1, pp. 251-259
  • 2019 Affective Borderlands. Experiences in Practice of the Neo-Zionist Settling Enterprise in Israel, Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, 48, 5, pp. 700–725
  • 2018 Reinventing Transparency. Governance, Trust and Passion in Activism for Food Sovereignty in Italy, in: Ethnologia Europaea, 48,1, pp. 54-67
  • 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.