Israel-Palestine

In Spring 2020, the Lab travels to Israel-Palestine to explore how global change bears on a landscape shaped by competing visions of “Holy Land.” We will conduct research in partnership with local scholars and professionals in some of the worlds most religiously and politically important urban ecologies, and at key sites along the Jordan Rift Valley—a major flyway for migratory birds, and the pathway of the Jordan River, a hotly contested, richly mythologized, and ecologically stressed waterway. We investigate the contested political ecology of water, perhaps the most important issue for human and nonhuman futures in this region, and then continue south into the Negev desert to explore how the present and future of this ancient landscape is being negotiated in overlapping efforts at cultural and environmental conservation.