The occupation of the senses: The prosthetic and aesthetic of state terror

Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian*

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Colonial and settler colonial dispossession is performed through various forms of violence, justified by cultural, historical, religious and national imperatives. In this paper, I define one of these forms of violence as the occupation of the senses, referring to the sensory technologies that manage bodies, language, sight, time and space in the colony. This paper analyses the parades, marches and festivals performed in the Palestinian city space of occupied East Jerusalem; shares the slogans, chants and graffiti used by Israeli civil, religious and nationalist entities; and explores what is lived, seen, heard, felt and smelled by the colonized to uncover the political violence implicated in the occupation of the senses.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1279-1300
Number of pages22
JournalBritish Journal of Criminology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1 Nov 2017

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  • Aesthetics
  • East Jerusalem
  • Occupation
  • Palestinians
  • Senses


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