The Intimacy of Infrastructure: Vulnerability and Abjection in Palestinian Jerusalem

  • Hanna Baumann


Colonial infrastructures can serve to appropriate territory, but they just as often exclude populations from access to resources. While the disruption of urban utility lines has been examined as a strategic aspect of warfare and planning, this chapter highlights the intimate manners in which infrastructural violence is experienced by Palestinians in and around Jerusalem. Using the work of Palestinian visual artist Khaled Jarrar, as well as findings from on-site research, it highlights the embodied and affective impact of violent infrastructures, focusing in particular on the Israeli Separation Wall. Where most accounts view the role of infrastructure in Israel/Palestine in terms of geopolitics or military strategy, the chapter shows how cultural engagements with their personal, embodied, and symbolic effects can help us understand infrastructural violence better. We find in these intimate effects an integral aspect of how this planned violence operates.

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  1. 1.University College LondonLondonUK

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