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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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The Geographic Production of Knowledge

The Geographic Production of Knowledge

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Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine

Jess Bier

The MIT Press

Mapping Israel, Mapping Palestine provides an extended critique of the notion that technoscientific facts should function as impartial arbiters in international conflicts. Chapter 6, “The Geographic Production of Knowledge”, draws on this overarching motif to explore its significance for broader research on knowledge and expertise. In particular, it highlights the need for researchers to materially alter the process of research in order to enable more heterogeneous landscapes for knowledge production. Returning to the themes of internationalism, landscape, and symmetry from chapter 1, this chapter also critically draws on the work of iconic poets and social justice activists like Mahmoud Darwish, Audre Lorde, and Nawal El Saadawi. It explores the following questions: How can researchers reflexively reshape landscapes in order to allow for more socially just forms of knowledge? What are the challenges to solidarity and cooperation due to geographical imbalances of power? The resulting analysis returns to the overall notion of geographic production, while also indicating a further layer of reflexivity for critical theory: the practice of material reflexivity, or awareness of one’s own situated position in landscapes with respect to power asymmetries—asymmetries that include international and economic hierarchies within academia itself.

Keywords:   Knowledge production, Spatiality, Materiality, Technoscience, Mobility, Postcolonial theory, Social justice, Power asymmetries, Reflexivity, Solidarity

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