Public Seminar With Professor Rebecca L. Stein: "Viral Occupation: Israeli Military Rule in the Digital Age"

Israel’s occupation has been transformed in the digital age. Over the last decade, military rule in the Palestinian territories grew more bloody and entrenched. In the same period, Israelis became some of the world’s most active users of mobile technologies and digital platforms. In Israel today, violent politics are interwoven with global networking practices,viral image making, and associated digital norms and aesthetics. Israeli soldiers carry network-enabled smartphones into the field of military operations, sharing mobile uploads in real-time. Official Israeli military spokesmen announce wars on Twitter. And civilians encounter state violence first on their newsfeeds and mobile screens.  Stein’s lecture will trace the contours of how the digital age has altered the Israeli experience of its military occupation in the Palestinian territories - the ways it is secured and violently controlled by the Israeli state, enforced by Israeli soldiers, documented by Israeli human rights workers. and consumed and supported by Jewish Israeli publics.

Rebecca L. Stein is a cultural anthropologist at Duke University, and her current research focuses on linkages between culture and politics in Israel in the context of the Israeli military occupation and legacy of the Palestinian dispossession.To learn more, please visit