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Seminar lecture:

Dr. Ronnen Ben Arie

Minerva Center for the Rule of Law under Extreme Conditions fellow, University of Haifa


City at war: the state of emergency as a constituent moment

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 between 14:15-15:45

Room 1013, Terrace building, University of Haifa*

Participation is free 
Lecture is available on YouTube 


The 1948 war has dramatically transformed the shape, the population and the organization of the city of Haifa. During the war and its aftermath, the city lost half of its population, neighbourhoods were deserted and demolished and essential infrastructures and flows of resources were disconnected. As fighting in the city began, a ‘state of emergency’ was declared aiming to address the needs of the city’s Jewish population throughout the war and later to restore normalcy. In this talk, I will explore and analyse the ways by which the ‘state of emergency’, initially conceived as a conservative act, evolved into a transformative act which reshaped the city’s social, political and spatial order.


* The Center is located at ground level of the Terrace building (Hamadrega). See map
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