“Fake News!”: The View from Israel’s Occupation


Dr. Rebecca Stein
Nicholas J. and Theresa M. Leonardy Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology in the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences of Duke University.

* Please note that this event occurs in the afternoon, with a light snack served at 2:30 pm, followed by the lecture beginning at 3:00 pm.

This talk focuses on Israeli efforts to repudiate state violence against Palestinians by means of an accusation of fraudulence (“fake news!”). The claim has a long history in the Israeli context and in colonial contexts more generally. Dr. Stein focuses on how this now ubiquitous global charge of fakery, with its very long colonial history, is being mobilized by Israeli state officials and right-wing publics to perform an important kind political work: to disavow Palestinian victims and Israeli perpetrators. Or such is the hope.


Author Bio
Dr. Rebecca Stein is a cultural anthropologist researching linkages between culture and politics in Israel in the context of the Israeli military occupation and legacy of the Palestinian dispossession. She is the author of Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age (co-authored with Adi Kuntsman; Stanford University Press, 2015), which studies the ways that social media has altered the Israeli relationship to its military occupation, in both state and civilian contexts; Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Duke University Press, 2008) which considers the relationship between tourism, mobility politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; the coeditor of Palestine, Israel and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2005) with Ted Swedenburg; and the co-editor of The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 with Joel Beinin (Stanford University Press, 2006). Her articles have been published in the following journals: Current Anthropology, Critical Inquiry, Anthropological Quarterly, Middle East Report, the London Review of Books, Public Culture, Social Text, The International Journal of Middle East Studies, Theory and Event, Journal of Palestine Studies, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.


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