Photographs from the Book Launch of Katie Natanel’s book Sustaining Conflict: Apathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine

By Akanksha Mehta|April 29, 2016|Book Launch, Events, Our Work, PhD Students, Publications|0 comments

On April 28, 2016, CGS was proud to host the book launch of our former PhD student and Senior Teaching Fellow, Dr Katherine Natanel. The event was introduced by the Chair of the centre, Dr Gina Heathcote. The evening was chaired by Katie’s PhD supervisor, Professor Nadje Al-Ali who was beaming with pride through the evening. Katie introduced the book and then engaged in an enriching conversation with Professor Clare Hemmings from the LSE. She then took questions and comments from the audience. Dr Gina Heathcote then read from the book and spoke about Katie, raising a toast, and officially launching the book. It was a wonderful evening, full of feminist solidarity, feminist care, and the sharing of Katie’s thoughtful, much-needed, and very critical work. We also had four babies and a child in attendance!


Book Launch: Sustaining Conflict: Apathy and Domination in Israel-Palestine

28 April 2016


To celebrate the launch of her new book, Dr Katherine Natanel will discuss her work with Professor Clare Hemmings (LSE).

Chair: Professor Nadje Al-Ali (SOAS)


Sustaining Conflict develops a groundbreaking theory of political apathy, using a combination of ethnographic material, narrative, and political, cultural, and feminist theory. It examines how the status quo is maintained in Israel-Palestine, at times even by the activities of Jewish Israelis who are working against the occupation of Palestinian territories. The book shows how hierarchies and fault lines in Israeli politics lead to fragmentation, and how even oppositional power becomes routine over time. Most importantly, the book exposes how the occupation is sustained through a carefully crafted system that allows sympathetic Israelis to “knowingly not know,” further disconnecting them from the plight of Palestinians. This is a book that has lessons for how any authoritarian regime is sustained through apathy.


Katherine Natanel received her PhD in Gender Studies from SOAS, University of London and is currently a Post-Doctoral Associate at the SOAS Centre for Gender Studies. Her research interests include political participation and mobilisation, feminist and gender theory, conflict and political violence, political emotion, and gender in the Middle East. In September 2016 Katherine will join the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies at University of Exeter as a Lecturer in Gender Studies.

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