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Borders, ticking clocks and timelessness among temporary labour migrants in Israel
Robin A. Harper and Hani Zubida

5 Living on borrowed time: borders, ticking clocks and timelessness among temporary labour migrants in Israel Robin A. Harper and Hani Zubida ‘It’s like clockwork’, the saying goes, meaning that things are orderly, linear, dependable, and based on a universally shared, knowable concept of time. Standardisation facilitates communication, facilitates order and spurs development (Anderson 1991; Crosby 1997). Shared temporal references are a fundamental concept of social life (Sorokin 1943; Zerubavel 1982). Time is an orientation opportunity, allowing individuals

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Temporality and the crossing of borders in Europe

Migrating borders and moving times explores how crossing borders entails shifting time as well as changing geographical location. Space has long dominated the field of border studies, a prominence which the recent ‘spatial turn’ in social science has reinforced. This book challenges the classic analytical pre-eminence of ‘space’ by focusing on how ‘border time’ is shaped by, shapes and constitutes the borders themselves.

Using original field data from Israel, northern Europe and Europe's south-eastern borders (Kosovo, Albania, Montenegro, Sarajevo, Lesbos), our contributors explore ‘everyday forms of border temporality’ – the ways in which people through their temporal practices manage, shape, represent and constitute the borders across which they move or at which they are made to halt. In these accounts, which are based on fine-tuned ethnographic research sensitive to historical depth and wider political-economic context and transformation, ‘moving’ is understood not only as mobility but as affect, where borders become not just something to be ‘crossed’ but something that is emotionally experienced and ‘felt’.

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Portraying the exhumation and reburial of Polish Jewish Holocaust victims in the pages of yizkor books
Gabriel N. Finder

words of Simcha Mincberg, a survivor who returned to his home town of Wierzbnik, only to find a handful of survivors like himself and resolved to leave Poland – words repeated by countless survivors ad infinitum – the country ‘had become now in my mind a cemetery for Polish Jewry’.1 Mincberg left Poland for Israel in August 1949. Their lives under constant threat, unable to locate their relatives and friends, let alone recover any property, and drawn to the prospect of resettlement in various Western countries and the nascent State of Israel, most returning Jews saw

in Human remains and identification
Olivier Thomas Kramsch

Alys walked 24 km along Jerusalem’s ‘Green Line’, originally drawn as a ceasefire line by EU cross-border Passagenwerk 35 1.8 Advertising mural to the rear of Hagemann’s travel agency (English translation: ‘Holiday like in a picture book! Holiday, as I like it’) General Moshe Dayan in 1948 to mark out the separate zones of the city after the Arab–Israeli war. A publicly available video accompanying Alys’s exhibit identifies him ambling across streets and markets, negotiating paths between houses and trees, across fields and stubbly hills while dribbling a thin

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Machines of mass incineration in fact, fiction, and forensics
Robert Jan van Pelt

interpreted as a symbol of the particularity of the German assault on the Jews. The German-Jewish poet Nelly Sachs clearly expressed this in one of the most famous lines to come out of the Holocaust: ‘O die Schornsteine / Auf den sinnreich erdachten Wohnungen des Todes, / Als Israel’s Leib zog aufgelöst in Rauch / Durch die Luft – ’ (‘O the chimneys / On the ingeniously devised habitations of death / When Israel’s body drifted as smoke / Through the air – ’).9 A patent application Sinnreich erdacht (ingeniously devised): we know that if the Germans did not exactly plan the

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Crossing borders, changing times
Madeleine Hurd, Hastings Donnan, and Carolin Leutloff-Grandits

shift work combine with fixed-term contracts to set temporal parameters that differentiate this section of the population from the rest, ensuring that the time-space they inhabit is one in the interstices of a normalised, hegemonic temporal regime. While this is the case in the EU, it is especially evident in Israel, a country that offers insights into the European neighbourhood policy at the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea which has long been a zone of shared cultural exchange between Europe, the Near East and North Africa. Israel, with its exclusive concept

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Integrative concepts for a criminology of mass violence
Jon Shute

restricted to relatively petty peacetime offending, but it is also a key theme in more recent accounts of mass violence. HRMV.indb 91 01/09/2014 17:28:37 92  Jon Shute Here, we discuss some important contributions of just two authors, in roughly chronological order. First, the magisterial work of the late sociological criminologist Stan Cohen must be recognized. In a series of articles culminating in the 2001 book States of Denial, Cohen, reflecting on his upbringing in apartheid South Africa and later residence in Israel at the time of the first Palestinian Intifada

in Human remains and mass violence
Suhad Daher-Nashif

This article aims to shed light on the post-mortem practices for Palestinian dead bodies when there is suspicion of human rights violations by Israeli military forces. By focusing on the case of Omran Abu Hamdieh from Al-Khalil (Hebron), the article explores the interactions between Palestinian social-institutional agents, Israeli military forces and international medico-legal agents. Drawing on ethnographic and archival data, the article explores how the intersectionality between the various controlling powers is inscribed over the Palestinian dead bodies and structures their death rites. The article claims that inviting foreign medico-legal experts in the Palestinian context could reveal the true death story and the human rights violations, but also reaffirms the sovereignty of the Israeli military forces over the Palestinian dead and lived bodies.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal
Jean-Marc Dreyfus

From 1945 until around 1960, ceremonies of a new kind took place throughout Europe to commemorate the Holocaust and the deportation of Jews; ashes would be taken from the site of a concentration camp, an extermination camp, or the site of a massacre and sent back to the deportees country of origin (or to Israel). In these countries, commemorative ceremonies were then organised and these ashes (sometimes containing other human remains) placed within a memorial or reburied in a cemetery. These transfers of ashes have, however, received little attention from historical researchers. This article sets out to describe a certain number of them, all differing considerably from one another, before drawing up a typology of this phenomenon and attempting its analysis. It investigates the symbolic function of ashes in the aftermath of the Second World War and argues that these transfers – as well as having a mimetic relationship to transfers of relics – were also instruments of political legitimisation.

Human Remains and Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal