Coordinator

Dr. Alexander Koensler

Email: a.koensler@qub.ac.uk

Alexander directs the Peasant Activism Project. He is Research Fellow at Queen’s University Belfast and received a PhD in “Methodologies of Socio-Anthropological Research” (University of Siena 2009). He held postdoctoral and teaching positions at the University of Perugia (Italy), the University of Münster (Germany) and the Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (Israel). He also coordinates with Elena Apostoli Cappello the network “Anthropology and Social Movements” of the European Association of Social Anthropologists (EASA).

 

Areas of Expertise

Alexander’s works aims to unearth the role of experimental political activism that, to a certain extent, innovates and transcends often more institutionalized social movements. Combining recent developments in Ethnography with Social Movement Studies and Political Anthropology, he is interested in how to illuminate the potential of political “acts” in their ambiguous function of moments of rupture/reproduction, the social production of claims and the features of “grassroot” peace-activism in conflicts.
Over the course of the past decade, he has carried out extensive ethnographic fieldwork related to transversal Arab-Jewish alliances in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and related to the politics of recognition of Bedouin rights in the Israeli Negev desert. Currently he is interested, instead, in activism by small-scale farmer movements in Italy related to re-appropriate the right to certify (i.e. “participatory guaranties”) 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

2016 (in press): Acts of Solidarity: Crossing and Reiterating Israeli-Palestinian Frontiers, in: “International Journal of Urban and Regional Studies”.

2016 (with Cristina Papa, in press): Che cosa richiede il cambiamento? Percorsi postgramsciani per un’etnografia politica della contemporaneità, in: Lares. Quadrimestrale di studi demoetnoantropologici.

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

2015 (in press): 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.

 

Documentary

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.