Orientalism, Zionism and Academic Practice explores the field of Israeli Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) sociologically and politically, as a window onto the relationship between Orientalism, Zionism and academia. The book draws special attention to neoliberal discourse and praxis in everyday higher education, the interests of scholars, and the political form that commercialisation takes in specific disciplinary and geopolitical conditions by deconstructing structural and historical presuppositions and effective ideologies that overdetermine this junction of academia, orientalism and Zionism.
The multi-layered study draws on various scholarly traditions and offers new evidence for, and insights in, historical and cultural-discursive discussions. It highlights paradigmatic gaps in reading Saidian orientalism, re-evaluates the origins and evolution of the local field, contributes to the study of everyday academic culture in the social sciences and humanities (SSH), and unveils the presupposed and the unsaid of the general and the specific field, exploring the intersection of an orientalist expertise, in a settler-colonial society, and everyday academic capitalism.
The expertise of this sociological and discursive study make it an invaluable resource for academics and students interested in Israel and Middle East studies, Higher Education and the Sociology of Academia.
Table of Contents
Introduction Part 1: Historicism 1. Genealogies 2. New Hegemonies Part 2: Anti-crisis 3. Disciplining Saidism 4. Anti-crisis Part 3: Discourse and Ideology Can society speak? 5. Interest 6. Marketing 7. Mission 8. The nonacademic Conclusion
Eyal Clyne is a transdisciplinary discourse and ideology analyst, studying higher education and Israeli discourse and praxis. He holds a PhD from the University of Manchester, an MA in sociology and anthropology from Tel Aviv University, and a double major BA in Middle East and Islam studies and communications and media from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Eyal has taught sociology, anthropology, culture, politics, discourse and language in the University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, Tel Aviv University and Tel Aviv Yafo Academic College.