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This dissertation attempts to shed light on the process of producing Palestine as a space in the colonial order of things, with the Oslo Accord being a specific mode of this colonial order. The argument that overshadows the dissertation is that since the Oslo Accord in 1993, Palestine as space became understood as a territory, mainly as the occupied Palestinian territories (oPt), that have been produced and reproduced through the spatial practices of neoliberalism. Taking the form of textual reflections, this dissertation is formulated around sets of questions regarding five levels crucial to researching Palestine as a space at the current moment of late capitalism/colonialism. The first set of questions is the ‘how, where and when’, which constitute the limits of the case study under investigation (the case of Palestine). The second set of questions addresses the issue of theoretical approaches on space, and how the textual and analytical space of theory is positioned vis a vis the space of the case study. The third set of questions engages with the complexities of how to unlock the threads of time and temporality as inscription on/in space. The fourth set has to do with the position of the researcher who lives the phenomenon he is researching, and the different positionalities that he occupies in the research. While the fifth set of questions is the one that targets the process of writing and (en)textualization, and presenting a mode of writing that focuses on four main operational tools: tension, hesitation, rupture and movement.

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