Counter-infrastructure as resistance in the hydrosocial territory of the occupied Golan Heights

Authors: Michael Mason*, London School of Economics and Political Science, Muna Dajani*, London School of Economics
Topics: Water Resources and Hydrology, Cultural and Political Ecology, Political Geography
Keywords: Water resources, infrastructure, settler colonialism, Golan Heights
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/14/2018
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Poydras, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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In the decades since 1967, the occupied Golan Heights has become contested hydrosocial territory. On one side, Israel, as occupying power, has transformed water infrastructure, constructing artificial lakes, dams and reservoirs to harness water for settlement agriculture. Such actions have severely restricted the agricultural practices and water management schemes of the Syrian (mainly Druze) farmers of the Golan. These farmers have responded with a counter-hegemonic water infrastructure and associated land use choices designed to bypass discriminatory restrictions on the abstraction, storage and use of water for agriculture. Using settler colonial theory and the concept of hydrosocial territories, we examine the ideological construction and materiality of this counter-infrastructure for water, showing how its impacts agricultural practices and shapes the identity of a marginalised community. Please note: Muna Dajani will co-present this paper

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