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This talk begins with a deceptively simple question: what is conflict? What is our normative conception of conflict and could there be others? By examining the case of Israel-Palestine, Mor demonstrates some of the implications and limitations of the common notion of conflict, inherited from the European Enlightenment. Arguing that literature is not separate from but rather integral to conflict and violence, Mor turns to the speculative realm of literary works to diagnose other mechanisms of conflict, show their specific modes of operation, and analyze their production of ideologies and identities in Israel-Palestine.

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