The talk develops the concept of 'displaceability' as a central, yet often overlooked, dimension of urban citizenship. Displacement denotes the involuntary removal of individuals or communities from their houses, lands, localities, rights or belongings. On the basis of studying urban regions of the global 'southeast' with a focus on Israel/Palestine, the lecture suggests that displaceability is on the rise, and is increasingly related to strategies of urban legal and planning regimes.
Oren Yifachel teaches urban studies and political and legal geography at Ben-Gurion University, Beersheba. His research has focused on critical understandings of the relations between space, power and conflict. Yiftachel holds the Lloyd Hurst Family Chair in Urban Studies. Yiftachel has taught at a range of universities in Australia, Israel, the US, India, South Africa and Italy.