AbstractsGeography &GIS

The Power of the Palestinian Landscape

by Johanna Adolfsson

Institution: Stockholm University
Year: 2016
Keywords: Landscape; Foucault; Orientalism; Power; the West Bank; Palestine; image interpretation; Social Sciences; Social and Economic Geography; Human Geography; Samhällsvetenskap; Social och ekonomisk geografi; Kulturgeografi
Posted: 02/05/2017
Record ID: 2064648
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The Palestinian region is changing rapidly, with both economic and cultural consequences. One way of approaching this very political process is thru the concept of landscape. By viewing the region as a multiprocessual, dynamic landscape the analysis allows for a holistic read where historical and contemporary projections, interpretations and notions of power are fused. This thesis draws on the scholarly fields of humanistic landscape research and aerial image interpretation as well as theories of orientalism and power. A case study of two regions of the West Bank is performed; interviews and observations provide localized knowledge that is then used in open-access image interpretation. By performing image interpretations this thesis explores the power embedded in mapping and the possible inclinations the development towards open-access geospatial analytic tools could have on the functions of power in the Palestinian landscape. By investigating the spatial configuration of the Palestinian landscape and tracing its roots this thesis finds four major themes that are particularly pivotal in the processual change of the Palestinian landscape: the Israeli/Palestinian time-space, the blurring of the conflict, the dynamics of the frontier region and the orientalist gaze.