Mythmaking in the Desert: Trees and Taking Bedouin Land in the Naqab

January 31, 2019

Gary Fields

Thursday, January 31, 7:00PM–9:00PM, Room 1415, SFU Harbour Centre

Co-sponsored by SFU's Institute for the Humanities, Urban Studies Program, and Department of Geography

This presentation, taken from a section of Gary Fields’ book, Enclosureexamines the political character of Israeli tree-planting and its historical role as an instrument of dispossession in Palestine with a focus on the Bedouin of the Naqab desert. 


Gary Fields is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego.  His new book Enclosure: Palestinian Landscapes in a Historical Mirror (University of California Press, 2017) compares patterns of land conflict and dispossession on the landscapes of the early modern English Enclosures, the Anglo-American colonial frontier, and contemporary Palestine where he had been doing fieldwork for the past 10 years in both the West Bank and Gaza.  In addition to his scholarly writing, he is working on a book of photographs from his fieldwork tentatively entitled, Occupied Landscapes: A Photo Geography of Life on the Ground in Palestine.  Gary Fields has a Ph.D. in city and regional planning with an emphasis on historical geography and economic history from the University of California, Berkeley.