Dear newsletter subscribers,
We have some advance copies of The Conflict Shoreline, with text by Israeli theorist and Cabinet editor-at-large Eyal Weizman and photographs by American artist Fazal Sheikh. The full-color, hardcover book, published by Steidl in association with Cabinet Books, will be available in bookstores and from online retailers in late August for $40, but our advance copies are ready to ship and can be ordered at a significant discount here ($29, with an additional $7 off if you have a current subscription to Cabinet magazine).
The Conflict Shoreline examines the "battle over the Negev," an Israeli state campaign to uproot the Bedouins from the northern border of the desert, and the long history of the use of climate change as a political tool along the threshold of the Negev. In investigating this history, Weizman outlines attempts—from the Ottoman era through the period of European colonization to the present—to scientifically define, measure, and map the threshold of the desert. Such efforts have been important because imperial and, later, national governments—whose laws have never recognized property rights in the desert—aimed to push back this threshold as they tried to expand the limits of arable land and bring the nomads under state control. In the Negev, the displacement of the weather and the displacement of the Bedouins have gone hand in hand. But while the desert edge, and the Bedouins, have been driven further and further south, global climate change today acts as a major counterforce. Predictably, the Bedouins are caught in the middle.
Brilliantly researched and argued, Weizman's text explores the changing threshold of the Negev through Sheikh's extraordinary photographs, as well as an array of documents, maps, and images, including historical aerial imagery, remote sensing data, state plans, court testimonies, and nineteenth-century travelers' accounts.
For more information about the book, visit here. For more on recent legal developments concerning the Bedouins in the Negev, see:
—Diaa Hadid, ""Village of Bedouins Faces Eviction as Israel Envisions a Village of Jews," The New York Times, 16 May 2015.
—Shirly Seidler, "Supreme Court allows state to replace Bedouin village with Jewish one," Haaretz, 6 May 2015.
—"Court-approved dispossession of Israeli Bedouin," (editorial), Haaretz, 13 May 2015.
About Eyal Weizman
Eyal Weizman is Professor of Spatial and Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he directs the Centre for Research Architecture as well as the Forensic Architecture research project. An editor-at-large of Cabinet, Weizman is a Global Scholar at Princeton University and a founding member of Decolonizing Architecture Art Residency (DAAR) in Beit Sahour, Palestine.
About Fazal Sheikh
Fazal Sheikh is an artist whose work typically uses photographs to document people living in displaced and marginalized communities around the world. In 2005, he was named a MacArthur Fellow, and in 2012, a Guggenheim Fellow.
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