Lotte Buch Segal
Øster Farimagsgade 5, 1353 København K, CSS - Bygning 33, Opgang M, Building: 33.2.02
Regional: Occupied Palestinian Territories, torture survivors from the Middle East living in Denmark.
Thematic Orientation: Intimacy, violence, social suffering, subjectivity, affect, methodological challenges in doing ethnography in zones of conflict.
My current research is on family relations and intimacy in the context of ongoing conflict. Empirically my focus is on occupied Palestine. I am particularly concerned with how those not so spectacular figures and relations in a conflict experience violent events as well as live with the uneventfulness of ongoing violence. Concretely I study family members to current and former political detainees in Israeli studies and how they try to steer clear of the social stigma occurring with confinement.
My first bookhas just been published by University of Pennsylvania Press under the title 'No Place for Grief: Martyrs, Prisoners and Mourning in Contemporary Palestine (http://www.upenn.edu/pennpress/book/15492.htm).
Between 2014 and 2017 I am the PI of a comparative study on the Scandinavian Welfare states and how they encounter Middle Eastern survivors of Violence. The project is termed ‘Slippery Suffering’. Emphasis is placed on the affective responses to stories of violence among representatives of the welfare states (funded by NOS-HS).
I am coordinating the research group Conflict, Power and Politics and a member of the Health and Life Conditions and Religion and Subjectivity, at the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen.
Between 2016 and 2018 I have been invited to take part in the French -American research endeavor IPEV- International Panel on Exiting Violence. I am a member of the working group Reconstruction of the Self headed by Professor Richard Rechtmann, EHESS. http://www.ipev-fmsh.org/
Primary fields of research
Occupied Palestinian Territories, torture survivors from the Middle East living in Denmark
Violence, social suffering, subjectivity, mourning, methodological challenges in doing ethnography in zones of conflict.
Segal, L. B. (2015). No Place For Grief: Martyrs, Prisoners and Mourning in Contemporary Palestine. University of Pennsylvania Press. (Ethnography of Political Violence).
Segal, L. B. (2015). The burden of being exemplary: national sentiments, awkward witnessing, and womanhood in occupied Palestine. Royal Anthropological Institute. Journal, 21( Nr. Supplement S1).
Hansson, L. N., Tellier, S., Buch, L., & Bseiso, M. (2013). Political fertility in the occupied Palestinian territory: an ethnographic study. The Lancet (North American Edition),382(4), S17. 10.1016/S0140-6736(13)62589-1
I teach the history of anthropology, medical anthropology, psychological anthropology and the MA course Anthropological Analyses