Yael Berda, Sociology

From Colonial Subjects to Citizens and Suspects: How State Bureaucracy Made Citizenship in India, Israel and Cyprus After Independence

Date: 
Wed, 04/24/2013
Location: 
Noon, 438 Robertson Hall

Please join us for a discussion with Yael Berda, Ph.D. student in Sociology, to discuss "From Colonial Subjects to Citizens and Suspects: How State Bureaucracy Made Citizenship in India, Israel and Cyprus After Independence." 

Yael Berda is an Israeli Lawyer and a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. Born in New York City and raised in West Jerusalem, Yael has been highly engaged in social justice activism and politics in Israel. 

Her first book, "the Bureaucracy of the Occupation in the West Bank: The Permit Regime 2000-2006" was published in July 2012, by the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem and Hakibutz Hameuhad Publishing (Hebrew). you can read more about it here http://www.haaretz.com/culture/books/probing-the-bureaucracy-of-occupation-1.453805 

Yael graduated from the faculty of Law at Hebrew university, and pursued her Masters degree at the department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. Her masters thesis looked at the bureaucracy of the occupation in the Palestinian territory. The first institutional ethnography of the permit regime in the West bank, it explores the influence of Colonial administrative legacies on the contemporary military civil administration in the occupied territories. The thesis was published as a book in July 2012. 

Yael is currently working on her dissertation project which examines the persistance of bureucratic legacies following regime change in former colonies, focusing  on population management practices  and the construction of political membership in post colonies afflicted by partition plans: Israel, Cyprus and India. Her work has been recognized and supported by grants from SSRC, The National Science Foundation, The ACLS, The Ford Foundation and others.

LEGS, or "Law-Engaged Graduate Students," meets during the academic year to discuss a work in progress by one of our Graduate Associates. Academic papers, dissertation proposals, and dissertation chapters have been presented at these meetings, to an audience of fellow graduate students.