Rebordering Jerusalem: Landscaping through World Heritage and the Wall

28 January 2013, 17:00 - 19:00

CRASSH, Seminar room SG1, Ground floor

Dr Britt Baillie (Research Associate, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge)

 

Abstract

The battle for land(scape) and territorial control are key elements in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict and the struggle for Jerusalem. In this paper, I trace how the construction of the separation barrier has remodeled south Jerusalem's landscape. I focus on the impact of the 'Wall' on the archaeologically rich and environmentally sensitive Refaim Valley--the breadbasket of Jerusalem. Here, environmental and heritage discourses are being used to legitimize the transformation of the valley from a Palestinian agricultural resource to and Israeli 'Biblical landscape' conservation area. In turn, this work examines the Palestinian co-option of the preservationist discourse as a strategy of resistance.

 


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Part of the Taking Place seminar series.

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