SSNB Lecture Series:
Jewish atheists in foxholes? Phenomenologies of violence and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
Dr Stacey Gutkowski, King's College London
This talk draws on my fieldwork with young Jewish Israelis who self-identify as hiloni, practitioners of a “secular” lifestyle who may or may not believe in a higher power. Unpacking the adage, “there are no atheists in foxholes”, it analyses the narratives of hiloni individuals who have first-hand experience of violence attributable to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I will contextualize these narratives in relation to their explicitly Jewish, implicitly Jewish and non-Jewish existential, ontological and ethical beliefs as well as the political landscape. The talk will reflect on the ambiguities of using “belief” as a rubric for understanding the Jewish Israeli case as well as methodological issues raised by using memory to study “unbelief”.
Dr Stacey Gutkowski is a Senior Lecturer in Conflict Studies at the Department of Middle Eastern Studies, King's College London.
Date and Time
Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, Wilkins Building, (South wing)