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IAS Talking Points Seminar: Snow Matters: The geopolitics of snow in Israel...
Tue 16 May 2017, 18:00 – 20:00 BST
Snow is a political matter. The volume, duration and extent of snow are determined by altitude, terrain, and climate. These variables affect armed conflicts, redraw international borders and produce financial opportunities. Snow, in other words, matters and the complexities it generates pose a central challenge: how should we study the politics of snow? My presentation explores this issue through the emergence of snow in Israel-Palestine and its construction as a spatial category of whiteness that moves beyond racial identification to secure a geopolitical order. I will mainly focus on the heavily militarised Hermon ski site in the Golan Heights that Israel occupied from Syria in the June 1967 war and sought to shape into an "ordinary" ski resort in the style of the Swiss Alps, through actions such as population removal and spatial destruction. Utilizing a historical method and a geographical analysis I will explore the manifestations of snow in Israel-Palestine and the Hermon to provide a conceptual analysis that uncovers the darker and lighter shades of snow.
Speaker: Dr Moriel Ram
Dr Tariq Jazeel (UCL Geography)
Professor Irit Rogoff (Goldsmiths Visual Cultures)
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IAS Common Ground, Ground Floor, South Wing, Wilkins Building
University College London