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Pfingst, Annie Dr

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Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Sociology

Current research: Interdisciplinary inquiry on Emergency: a genealogy of Emergency regulations investigates state-imposed emergencies over Kenya in the 1950s and across Palestine since 1948. Working through spatial, archival and visual encounters with emergency landscapes and geographies of resistance, the work considers the historic and contemporary operations, provisions, regulations and practices authorised under state-imposed emergencies. A series of visual essays in preparation over the coming autumn/winter grapple with a number of questions: what is it that a declared state of emergency performs for the state? Does a state of emergency enable particular forms of militarised violence? Does our excavation of the common practices found across of state-imposed emergencies shed light on the ways we apprehend state violence in colonial, post-colonial and neo-colonial geographies?

A book is in preparation drawing on the material gathered through a PhD on Erasure, Enclosure, Excision: Framing Palestinian Return awarded by the University of Technology, Sydney.

Publications on Palestine:

'Militarised violence in the service of state-imposed emergencies over Palestine and Kenya', Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Vol 6, No 3 (2014)

‘Medicine as a tactic of war – Palestinian Precarity’ co-authored with Marsha Rosengarten, Body and Society Volume 18 Issue 3/4 September 2012, Special Issue Medicine, Bodies, Politics: Experimentation and Emergence

‘The Presence of Palestinian absence in narrating the Zionist nation into being’, Cultural Studies Review 14, no.1, History Experiments, March 2008

 

Conference Papers and photographic presentations: 

‘Emergency geographies and archives of militarised violence: Palestine and Kenya’ Paper and photographic presentation: Whose Emergency? The uses and abuses of ‘emergency’ declarations: Australia, Kenya, Palestine, Congo, India. University of Technology, Sydney May 2014

‘Community Workshop on Oral History in the Naqab’ Rahat 5th April 2014. Invited contributor to part of the AHRC funded project Gender and Settler Colonialism: Women's Oral Histories in the Naqab, Dr Sophie Richter University of Exeter 

‘Emergency’ for militarised violence: visual modes of inquiry’ Paper and photographic presentation, Unit of Play, Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London March 2014

‘Remnants, archives and landscapes:  a visual essay’ Plenary paper and photographic presentation. Mau Mau and Other Liberation Movements: 50 years after independence, Karatina University and National Museums of Kenya, Karatina, Kenya, December 2013

‘The Wall - contested landscapes of Israel- Palestine’ 2013 Branscombe Winter Lectures, Branscombe

‘Encounters with/in Palestine’ Paper and photographic presentation, Cultures of Resistance - Palestine and Beyond May 2012, Centre for Ethno-Political Studies and European Centre for Palestine Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

‘Performing power: bodies and architectures of space in Palestine’ Paper and photographic presentation, Contesting the Performance of Pre-eminence Symposium February 2012, Humanities and Arts Research Centre, Royal Holloway, University of London

‘The composition and re-composition of the materialized border’ Paper and photographic presentation, Remaking Borders, 2011 EastBordNet Conference, Catania, Sicily

Workshop for ‘Planning the Commons’ DAAR (Decolonising Architecture Art Residency) 2011 Summer Residency, Palestine

‘Necropolitics and the ‘idea of Palestine’' Paper and photographic presentation, Ethno-Politics and Intervention in a Globalised World June 2010, Centre for Ethno-Political Studies, Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter

‘The Presence of Palestinian absence in narrating the Zionist nation into being’ paper and photographic presentation Rethinking the Past: experimental histories in the arts, 2006 University of Technology, Sydney

 

Exhibitions:

‘Remnants, archives and landscapes’

 

Exhibited:

Whose Emergency? The uses and abuses of ‘emergency’ declarations: Australia, Kenya, Palestine, Congo, India. University of Technology, Sydney May 2014 

Mau Mau and Other Liberation Movements: 50 years after independence Conference, Karatina University and National Museums of Kenya, Karatina, Kenya, December 2013 

Co-curator Space and Gaze: conversations with Jean Mohr and Edward Said in Palestine Methods Lab, Goldsmiths October 2013-June 2014; including curation of film screenings 

Photographic portfolio on ‘Landscapes of Emergency and geographies of resistance: Kenya and Palestine 2012-2014

2007 + ongoing Photographic Portfolio Palestine

Images featured in the Ongoing Nakba Learning Centre, BADIL, CSISP Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths College, and in ‘Medicine as a tactic of war – Palestinian Precarity’ (see above). Visual text incorporated in doctoral thesis Erasure, Enclosure, Excision: Framing Palestinian Return.