Maya Avis
Scholar in Residence
Wilf Hall 518

Maya Avis is a PhD student in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute, Geneva. She previously studied Geography and Development Studies at SOAS in London. Her research considers the meeting point of different legal frameworks in the context of Palestine/Israel, with a particular focus on Palestinian (Bedouin) land claims and home demolitions in the Naqab-Negev region of southern Israel. Her thesis is based on extensive ethnographic work in the region, which she has had the privilege of conducting, on and off, since August 2012. The project that she will focus on during her time at CHRGJ is based on 12 months of research carried out in 2017.  She plans to conduct a few months of follow-up research in summer 2018.

Maya’s main research interests include political sociology; critical legal studies; anthropology of law; human rights; colonialism; queer theory; and performance studies.


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