Rebecca L. Stein
Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology
My research studies linkages between cultural and political processes in Israel in relation to its military occupation and the history of Palestinian dispossession. I am the author of (with Adi Kuntsman) Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (Stanford University Press, 2015), which studies the interplay between new media and military occupation in the Israel/Palestine context, Itineraries in Conflict: Israelis, Palestinians, and the Political Lives of Tourism (Duke University Press, 2008) which considers the relationship between tourism, mobility politics, and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the co-editor of Palestine, Israel, and the Politics of Popular Culture (Duke University Press, 2005) with Ted Swedenburg and The Struggle for Sovereignty: Palestine and Israel, 1993-2005 with Joel Beinin (Stanford University Press, 2006).
I am currently continuing work on a multi-book project about the ways that new communication technologies are meditating the everyday Israeli relationship to its military occupation -- including the ways such technologies are changing practices and logics of military 'counterinsurgency', altering the everyday terms of soldiering, changing the Israeli civilian relationship to Palestinians under occupation, and remaking the terrain of human rights work and anti-occupation activism within Israel. My first book on this topic --Digital Militarism: Israel's Occupation in the Social Media Age (with Adi Kuntsman) -- studied the place of social media within this equation. My current book project --Smartphone Dreams: State Violence, Cameras and the Digital Promise--- studies the role of testimonial cameras in the context of the Israeli military occupation. Over the last two decades, all of the actors in this political theater, on both sides of the conflict, have increasingly integrated photographic technologies, and networked image-making, into their political toolbox: Palestinian and Israeli human rights workers and activists, Palestinian civilians living under occupation, the Israeli military, and the Jewish settler population. All of these constituencies believed that the technological innovations of the digital age would deliver their images – and therein, their political message -- with greater fidelity. And all would be let down. In an effort to counter the techno-utopianism of much new media scholarship, Smartphone Dreams focuses on episodes of breakdown and glitch where cameras were concerned, on cases where new photographic technologies, practices, and circulations failed to deliver on their supposed promise, across these ideological divides.
This multi-book project has been supported by grants from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Palestinian American Research Council, and the Trent Foundation. Portions of this work have published in Current Anthropology, Critical Inquiry, Anthropological Quarterly, Middle East Report, and the London Review of Books. My work on Israeli cultural politics has appeared in such journals as Public Culture, Social Text, The International Journal of Middle East Studies,Theory and Event, Journal of Palestine Studies, GLQ: A Journal of Gay and Lesbian Studies and Interventions: International Journal of Postcolonial Studies.
Stein, RL. "Political Tourism in Palestine." Stanford Humanities Review (1995).
Stein, RL. "The Limits of the Revisionist Imagination." Middle East Report (New York, N.Y.) (1995).
Stein, RL. "Zealots for Zion, Robert Friedman." Middle East Report (New York, N.Y.) 23.182 (1991): 45-46.
Stein, RL. "SOUVENIRS OF CONQUEST: ISRAELI OCCUPATIONS AS TOURIST EVENTS." International Journal of Middle East Studies 40.04 (November 2008): 647-647. Full Text Open Access Copy
Stein, RL. "Daniel Lefkowitz, WORDS AND STONES." American Anthropologist (2006). (Review)
STEIN, REBECCAL, and SWEDENBURG, TED. "PopularCulture, RelationalHistory,and theQuestion ofPower inPalestine andIsrael." Journal of Palestine Studies 33.4 (July 2004): 5-20. Full Text
Stein, RL. "Of Cafes and Colonialism: Israeli Leisure and The Question of Palestine (Again)." Theory and Event 6.3 (2003). (Academic Article)
Stein, RL. "'First Contact’ and Other Israeli Fictions: Tourism, Globalization, and the Middle East Peace Process." Public Culture 14.3 (2002). (Academic Article) Open Access Copy
Stein, RL. "Israeli Interiors: Ethnic Tourism, The State, and the Politics of Space." European University Institute Working Papers 11 (2001). (Academic Article)
Stein, RL. "Military Closure in Gaza, 1992." Challenge 4.3 (1993): 8-12.
Stein, RL. "Review of Shared histories: A Palestinian-Israeli dialogue by Paul Scham, et al." International Journal of Middle East Studies 40.1 (February 2008): 154-156. (Review)
Stein, RL. "Review of Taboo Memories, Diasporic Voices by Ella Shohat." International Journal of Middle East Studies (2007). (Review)
Stein, RL. "Israeli backpackers: From tourism to rite of passage." International Journal of Middle East Studies 38.4 (November 1, 2006): 612-614. (Review) Full Text
Stein, RL. "Review of Words and stones: The politics of language and identity in Israel by Daniel Lefkowitz." American Anthropologist 107.4 (December 2005): 731-732. (Review) Full Text
Stein, RL. "Tourism, the Nation-State, and Settler-Modernity in Israel." Anthropology News 45.8 (2004): 50-51. (Scholarly Commentary)
Stein, RL. "Israel und die kulturelle Politik des Tourisms." Sommer Akademie News August (August 2003).
Stein, RL. "The Jewish Israeli Left, US Empire, and the End of the Two-State Solution." Middle East Report (2003).
Stein, RL. "Violence and its Rhetoric: Sharon’s Visit to Washington." Middle East Report (2001). (Liner Notes)
Stein, RL. "Spatial Fantasies Israeli Popular Culture after Oslo." Middle East Report 216 (2000): 36-36. Full Text