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Mapping Israel, Mapping PalestineHow Occupied Landscapes Shape Scientific Knowledge$
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Jess Bier

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036153

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036153.001.0001

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Where Cartographies Collide

Where Cartographies Collide

(p.1) 1 Where Cartographies Collide
Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine

Jess Bier

The MIT Press

Chapter 1, “Where Cartographies Collide”, analyzes the unique position of maps in Palestine and Israel. Maps are everywhere in the region, but many of them are not used for getting around. This is because of the difficulties updating maps due to the restrictions on mobility under the Israeli occupation. The chapter introduces the notion of the geographic production of knowledge, which draws attention to the materialities and spatialities of technoscience. It also analyzes three main themes that run throughout the book: internationalism, landscape, and symmetry. In the process, it tells the story of the parallel lives of two pivotal cartographers of the mid-20th century: Sami Hadawi and David Amiran. Through a comparison of these major figures, it explores how politics shape the practice of science and technology. It also delineates how, despite the use of aerial photography and digital data transmitted via the internet, maps continue to be shaped by where and how they are made—as well as who is making them. Lastly, it draws on Edward Said’s notion of traveling theory to present an argument for a reflexive method of traveling ethnography.

Keywords:   Maps, Israeli occupation, Mobility, Computers, Ethnography, Edward Said

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