Sep 25, 2021
The Psychological Dialectics of Gun to Body:
Palestinian Children and/in the Settler Colony.
In Palestine, children experience and locate their suffering within the colonial violence that dominates their reality. Following Martín-Baró's model of articulating a critical psychology “of the people,”, my talk will offer an analysis through the words and reflections of Palestinian children from Jerusalem, Hebron and Gaza.
To understand Palestinian children's narrations, the talk analyzes (1) how territorial siege, segregation and separation from the homeland constitute, as children in Gaza explained, “non-breathing,” non-living spaces, produced by rendering lands, bodies, and lives exterminable and disposable; (2) how securitization and military checkpoints (“killing boxes”) dominate the geography of the neighbourhood, so as to confine children within a condition of “caging” and maintain them as “caged others;” and (3) how the settler colonial governance of childhood invades not only public space with their “killing boxes,” but also the Palestinian home and intimate familial spaces.
The talk concludes by illustrating the ways in which children endure ongoing wounding and engage in the process of healing while living under the ideological militarized force of the settler colony. Politicizing the examinations, and interventions with children's wounds and traumas, when living and surviving what I frame as a “gun to body” context can promote mental health worker's attentiveness to children's performances and transformations, recognizing and affirming the agency of subjects undergoing dispossession and cruel injustice.
Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian- a Palestinian feminist, is the Lawrence D. Biele Chair in Law at the Faculty of Law-Institute of Criminology and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Global Chair in Law- Queen Mary University of London.
Her research focuses on trauma, state crimes and criminology, surveillance, gender violence, law and society and genocide studies. She studies the crime of femicide and other forms of gendered based violence, violence against children in conflict ridden areas, crimes of abuse of power in settler colonial contexts, surveillance, securitization and social control.
She is the author of numerous books including
Militarization and Violence Against Women in Conflict Zones in the Middle East: The Palestinian Case Study” (2010);
“Security Theology, Surveillance and the Politics of Fear”(2015).
“Incarcerated Childhood and the Politics of Unchilding”.(2019)
Other edited works in the pipeline are:
* Understanding Campus-Community Partnerships in Conflict Zones”,
* The sacralization of politics and its effect on human suffering, and
* Islam and gender based violence.
She has published articles in multi-disciplinary fields including British Journal of Criminology, Feminist Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, State Crime, Violence Against Women, Social Science and Medicine, Signs, Law & Society Review, International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies.
As a resident of the old city of Jerusalem, Shalhoub-Kevorkian is a prominent local activist. She engages in direct actions and critical dialogue to end the inscription of power over children’s lives, spaces of death, and women’s birthing bodies and lives.
email: info 'at' limbus 'dot' org 'dot' uk
For more informtion, contact: Farhad Dalal 0778 222 0385