Scholars 2004

2004 Past - Cities, Historical Legacy

Monterescu Daniel


The University of Chicago, Department of Anthropology

"The Limits of Coexistence in the City: Urban Space, Ethnic Relations and the State in Jewish-Arab Mixed Towns, 1948-2003"

Update December 2016

Daniel Monterescu is associate professor of urban anthropology at the Central European University in Budapest and Lady Davis Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, The Technion. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago and is a recipient of the Marie Curie and Jean Monnet Fellowships at the European University Institute, Florence. He currently studies wine cultures in Hungary, Italy and Israel/Palestine through the concepts of terroir and territory. His research also analyzes the refugee crisis and Jewish revival movement in Central European cities as well as ethnic relations in binational (mixed) towns in Israel/Palestine as part of a larger project on identity, sociality and gender relations in Mediterranean Cities. His previous projects examine the construction of Arab masculinity and the narration of life stories in Jaffa. His publications feature articles in American Ethnologist, Public Culture, Constellations, Identities, International Journal of Middle East Studies, World Development, Theory and Criticism, Megamot, Israeli Sociology and contributions to numerous edited volumes in English, Arabic and Hebrew. He is author of "Twilight Nationalism: Tales of Traitorous Identities" – a study of autobiographical narratives of elderly Palestinians and Jews in Jaffa (with Haim Hazan, Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 2011), and editor (with Dan Rabinowitz) of "Mixed Cities, Trapped Communities: Historical Narratives, Spatial Dynamics and Gender Relations in Jewish-Arab Mixed Towns in Israel/Palestine" (Ashgate Publishing, 2007). His monograph “Jaffa Shared and Shattered: Contrived Coexistence in Israel/Palestine” was recently published at Indiana University Press.

New Book: Jaffa Shared and Shattered: Contrived Coexistence in Israel/Palestine 

New Article: "Immobilizing Mobility: Border Ethnography, Illiberal Democracy, and the Politics of the 'Refugee Crisis' In Hungary" American Ethnologist (43:1, 2016, with Annastiina Kallius and Prem Kumar Rajaram)

AE Virtual Issue: "Refugees and Im/migrants in American Ethnologist, 1991–2016" Guest-edited by Heide Castañeda, Seth M. Holmes, Annastiina Kallius, and Daniel Monterescu