Monday, January 13, 2014
Conflict and cooperation in a new volume on contemporary Jerusalem
Forthcoming with Syracuse University Press, Jerusalem. Conflict and Cooperation in a Contested City is a volume edited by Madelaine Adelman and Miriam Fendius Elman that includes contributions originally presented at a conference on Jerusalem "across the disciplines" held at Arizona State University in 2007. The focus is mostly on contemporary issues, including Jerusalem since the Oslo Accords of 1993, but there are some surprising subjects covered here as well, such as the city's "diverse communities of secular and orthodox Jewry and Christian Palestinians; religious and political tourism and the 'heritage managers' of Jerusalem; the Israeli and Palestinian LGBT community and its experiences in Jerusalem; and visual and textual perspectives on Jerusalem, particularly in architecture and poetry." (Quotation from the publisher's website.) I have a chapter in this book as well, which offers suggestions for scholars and educators on how to approach Jerusalem from a religious studies perspective.