Introduction: Infrastructure, Environment, and Health in Palestine
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The Journal of Palestine Studies’ special issue on infrastructure, environment, and health in Palestine sheds new light on the conditions and possibilities of politics. Although it is commonly viewed as “an entity ostensibly separate from technology and other human constructions,” the environment is in fact a particular configuration of “socio-technical arrangements.” The special issue’s four articles and two reflection essays—by Nadi Abusaada, Leena Dallasheh, Samir Harb, Cristina Violante, Nimrod Ben Zeev, and Emily McKee—span historical periods from Ottoman-ruled Palestine to the contemporary era. Hailing from the fields of history, architecture, anthropology, and legal theory, the contributors draw on original archival, spatial, and ethnographic research to parse the realities, experiences, and lessons that Palestine offers beyond its status as a site of settler-colonial deprivation and toxicity. Together they demonstrate that infrastructure, environment, and health are fundamentally and irrefutably political.

Author biography: 
Sherene Seikaly is an associate professor of history at University of California, Santa Barbara, and author of Men of Capital: Scarcity and Economy in Mandate Palestine (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2016). She is the coeditor of the Journal of Palestine Studies and a cofounding editor at Jadaliyya.
Sophia Stamatopoulou-Robbins is an associate professor of anthropology at Bard College and author of Waste Siege: The Life of Infrastructure in Palestine (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2019). She serves on the editorial boards of Cultural Anthropology and Middle East Research and Information Report (MERIP).

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