A Children’s Geography of Occupation: Imaginary, Emotional, and Everyday Spaces of Palestinian Childhood


Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships




This research examines the political geographies of Palestinian children, and the ways in which their everyday spaces and practices are shaped by broader social and political processes. It begins with an investigation into the role of the child in the moral geopolitics of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. From here, the the dissertation explores how the competing discourses of Palestinian nationalism and international humanitarianism, and the legacy of forced migration, have shaped the spaces of childhood in a West Bank refugee camp, from homes to schools, streets, and youth centers. Finally, using participant observation, visual methods, and guided tours, it explores how children reshape the discursive spaces of childhood through their everyday practices.