Episode 01: Amahl Bishara

Amahl Bishara is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tufts University, who studies expression, space, settler colonialism, media, and photo-journalism. In this episode, Anna Tyshkov spoke to Professor Bishara about her ongoing ethnographic work in Palestine, and her two current book projects. Her first project is on fragmentation, the relationship and barriers between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, and how these groups struggle for connection. Her second project is on popular politics in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem, and the concept of popular sovereignty. Professor Bishara offers key insights into how anthropology allows us to think about a practice of living.


Bishara, Amahl, 2017. “Sovereignty and popular sovereignty for Palestinians and beyond”. Cultural Anthropology 32 (3): 349–358.

Bishara, Amahl, 2016. “Palestinian acts of speaking together, apart Subalterneities and the politics of fracture”. HAU: Journal of Ethnographic Theory 6(3): 305–330.

Tilly, Charles. 2006. Regimes and repertoires. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Shih, S.M., 2013. “Comparison as relation.” In Comparison: Theories, Approaches, Uses, edited by Rita Felski and Susan Stanford Friedman, 79–98. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press.

Photo Courtesy: Lajee Center, Bethlehem, West Bank
Music: Oya Marhaba, by TootArd