As Palestinians continue to experience the violent decimation of their olive groves, the consumption of Palestinian olive oil grows increasingly popular through transnational fair trade circuits. A feminized commodity from the “land of milk and honey,” olive oil has emerged as a signifier of Palestinian femininity and indigeneity pitched to the conscientious palate. I use the Palestinian olive as an optic to explore the convergence of settler colonialism, environmental destruction, neoliberal multiculturalism, consumption, and desire through multisited and multisensory ethnography in a transnational feminist cultural studies framework. Tracing the production, circulation, consumption, and representation of Palestinian olives, I argue that settler colonialism relies on gendered logics of disappearing native peoples, lands, and cultures. I analyze the neoliberal consumption of Palestinian olive oil and visual representations in contemporary television shows, like Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown, against the ongoing disappearing of Palestinian landscapes. While Palestinian olives are often represented as part...
Savory Colonialism: Land, Memory, and the Eco-occupation of Palestine
LILA SHARIF earned a dual PhD in sociology and ethnic studies from the University of California, San Diego, in 2014. She is currently a University of California President’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her book manuscript analyzes the cultural politics, production, circulation, and consumption of olive oil from Palestine. She is the first Palestinian American to earn a PhD in ethnic studies. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lila Sharif; Savory Colonialism: Land, Memory, and the Eco-occupation of Palestine. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies 1 July 2015; 11 (2): 256–257. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15525864-2886703
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