Yael Berda, Sociology

Subjects and suspects: how emergency laws and surveillance practices diffused in the former British Empire

Tue, 11/12/2013
4:30 PM, 029 Robertson Hall
Event Category: 
Graduate Students

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Please join us on Tuesday, November 12, for a practice job talk with Yael Berda, PhD candidate in Sociology, to discuss "Subjects and suspects: how emergency laws and surveillance practices diffused in the former British Empire 
Examples from India, Israel and Cyprus."

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.

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.  Yael graduated from the faculty of Law at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, 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  Occupied Palestinian Territories. Yael is currently working on her dissertation project which exaamines the legal construction of political membership in Israel, india and Cyprus. It is an effort to trace how British Colonial administration shaped the practices of routines of the independent states, in which partition plans were concieved as a solution to intercommuncal conflict. She pays particular attention to the role of emergency laws, classification practices and targeting of suspicious populations. Working with documents from archives in India, Israel, Cyprus and the UK, Yael offers a comparative analysis of the administrative legacies of the British empire on Citizenship, population management and the exclusion of minorities and the diffusion of those practices in a transnational persepctive.  Her work has been recognized and supported by grants from SSRC, The National Science Foundation, The ACLS, The Ford Foundation and others.