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The Review is a blog of The Complex Terrain Laboratory, featuring long-form reviews of events, books, and research on place, space and conflict... and the occasional author interview.
Last week I gave a talk to some students at the School of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), at the University of Leeds. I've been an honorary Visiting Research Fellow with POLIS since April 2006, and it's a rare occasion when I'm actually on-site. In fact, this was only the second time, the first being a talk I gave in late 2007. Then, I was still a serving staff officer with NATO, and my talk was about a book I'd just published. This time, I was speaking as an acad........ Read more »
Eckl, J. (2008) "Responsible Scholarship After Leaving the Veranda: Normative Issues Faced by Field Researchers-and Armchair Scientists." . International Political Sociology, 2(3), 185-203. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-5687.2008.00044.x
The latest issue of Harper's includes a tongue-in-cheek proposal for a study of "weaponized irony" (not, not iron-working; the "it's ironical" kind of irony), and development of a sort of semantic mapping technology, the "Ironic Cloud". There's a thick literature on the subject of psychosocial compartmentation, though, and it speaks directly to the ideas in the proposal. ... Read more »
Dakake, Maria. (2006) "Hiding in Plain Sight: The Practical and Doctrinal Significance of Secrecy in Shi'ite Islam.". Journal of the American Academy of Religion, 74(2), 324-355. DOI: 10.1093/jaarel/lfj086
To call Jerusalem a disputed location would be an under-statement. The Temple Mount in that city might be the most hotly contested piece of real estate on the planet, sacred as it is to the 3 major western religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Archaeologists believe that there has been a city on the site of Jerusalem since about 2600 BCE, meaning that for nearly 5000 years, various groups of people have fought over the landscape: Judeans, Israelites, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Gre........ Read more »
Greenberg, R. (2009) "Towards an Inclusive Archaeology in Jerusalem: The Case of Silwan/The City of David.". Public Archaeology, 8(1), 35-50. DOI: 10.1179/175355309X402745
Not since Bruce Hoffman and Marc Sageman went at it has terrorism studies seen a public bitch-slapping quite like this. OK, so it's only been a year or so, but come to think of it, I haven't read anything quite this harsh since Daniel Jonah Goldhagen tried to convince us all that Germans are just genocidal freaks. In the latest issue of Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, David Martin Jones (University of Queensland) and M.L.R. Smith (King's College London), write in "We'........ Read more »
Jones, D., & Smith, M. (2009) We're All Terrorists Now: Critical—or Hypocritical—Studies “on” Terrorism?. Studies in Conflict , 32(4), 292-302. DOI: 10.1080/10576100902744128
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