In Giorgio Agamben’s call to profane the sacred in the most desacralized forms, the specific mechanics through which the sacred and the profane connect and become indistinctive remains undertheorized. This article, then, aims at adding a further layer of practical articulation to Agamben’s notion of profanation as it was elaborated in his book Profanations. The article does so by discussing the ways Zionist subjectivities and divides are interconnected and expressed in Israeli society. To be practiced as a process of becoming, profanation, I argue, needs to be understood as a process of cultural transformation by which new forms of subjectivity are offered.
On the Mechanics of Profanation: Subjectivity and Zionist Divides
Marcelo Svirsky is a lecturer in international studies in the School of History and Politics at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. He is the author of Arab-Jewish Activism in Israel-Palestine (2012), After Israel: Towards Cultural Transformation (2014) and editor, with Simone Bignall, of Agamben and Colonialism (2012). He is the editor of “Collaborative Struggles in Settler-Colonial Societies,” a forthcoming special issue of Settler Colonial Studies.