Research Orientation 3 – ISRAELIS AND PALESTINIANS: SPACES, SOCIETIES, INSTITUTIONS AND CONTEMPORARY CULTURES
The CRFJ is entirely dedicated to the development of research in the research orientation 3 “Israelis and Palestinians: spaces, societies, institutions and contemporary cultures”, a research orientation that borrows from various disciplines and methodologies, urban sociology, political philosophy, anthropology, geography, economics, demography, political sciences, communication and literature.
The challenge is considerable since it consists in offering a relevant and updated understanding of the most contemporary issues on the Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian fieldwork, which is sensitive and prone to controversies. From this point of view and on those specific issues, the CRFJ encourages research studies closely related to fieldwork, with the empirical approach and micro-analysis on one hand, and a more generalised and global perspective on the other hand.
This emphasis on fieldwork and on the empirical inquiry of contemporary issues that are too often ideologically biased is the best answer that can give an UMIFRE, an institution based abroad, in order to feed the public debate in a peaceful and explicitly scientific way. Several topics of interest of researchers are investigated in this research orientation, e.g. the globalisation seen through the status of migrants and refugees, through fieldwork in the migrant neighborhood of Tel Aviv (Neve Sha'anan), the “Start Up Nation”: innovation and entrepreneurship in Israel, “mixed” cities in the Israeli-Palestinian context, the crossed themes of memory, migration and exile, the “Jewish question” from the perspective of political philosophy, etc.