SOAS University of London

Centre for Jewish Studies

Eggs and dispossession: organic agriculture and the new settlement movement?


Date: 13 March 2019Time: 5:00 PM

Finishes: 13 March 2019Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: 4426

Type of Event: Talk

Speaker: Hagar Kotef (SOAS)

Please join us in conversation with Hagar Kotef who will unfold the story of the establishment of one of the most extreme outposts in the West Bank which is also the largest organic farm in the country. 


Examining both the ethics of organic food and the material conditions of organic agriculture (land resources, waste and water), I show how a home is created as a dispositional tool within an ethical scheme. The talk moves between several possible frameworks to explain the links between organic agriculture and this reality of violence, in order to question some of the more dominant paradigms accounting for settler colonialism in existing literature. Whereas local in nature, this story is also an allegory—for the settlement movement in Israel, the Zionist project at large, and settler-colonialism more broadly concerned. It allows us to see a concrete process of homemaking which takes place via the ruination of other homes, and thus serves as an analysis of colonization in-the-making.


Hagar Kotef is a Senior Lecturer of Political Theory and Comparative Political Thought at the Department of Politics and International Studies, SOAS University of London. She is the author of Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: On Liberal Governances of Mobility (Duke University Press, 2015). This talk is based on a Leverhulme fellowship titled "The Colonizing Self, or: Home and Homelessness in Israel/Palestine".

The event is the third in a series marking the 25th anniversary of the Oslo Accords that will bring together scholars and activists to discuss the cultural, social and political ramifications of “Oslo” as an event, structure and effect.

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