GIDEON ARAN is the 2019 Elman Family Visiting Professor in Jewish and Israeli Studies at HKUST, and professor (emeritus) of Sociology & Anthropology at The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. His fields of academic interest are Israeli Society, Religion, Radicalism, and Violence. Aran’s latest publications include: Kookism: The Roots of Jewish Settlement in the West Bank; “Religious Violence in Judaism”; “Ideal–Type of Terrorism”; “Blasphemy”. His most recent book is The Smile of the Human Bomb: New Perspectives on Suicide Terrorism (Cornell University Press, 2018). Currently conducting research on Death Priests. Studied at Hebrew University (B.A., Ph.D.), University of Chicago (M.A.) and Princeton University (Post-Doc). Active affiliate of the Fundamentalism Project of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Visiting professor at University of California Berkeley, Notre Dame University, Sydney University, and NYU.
Gideon Aran’s presentation (in English) will focus on the case of the Palestinian Suicide Terrorism in Israel. It is based on extensive anthropological field-study conducted during the Intifada (2000-2005). An attempt will be made to offer an alternative definition of suicide terrorism, and to clarify its distinct and unprecedented characteristics.