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Dr. E. (Erella) Grassiani

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Moving Matters: People, Goods, Power and Ideas

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
  • Room number: B5.00
Postal address
  • Postbus 15509
    1001 NA Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Themes of interest and specialization

    Military, Violence, Security issues, Peace and Conflict, Israel/Palestine

    Military checkpoint in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
  • Profile

    I'm an anthropologist working on issues of militarization and security in Israel/Palestine. In the last decades I have done extensive research on Israeli soldiers and on the global Israeli security industry. I'm furthermore interested in security activities by civilian organizations. 

    I'm co-director of the Programme Group Moving Matters: People, Goods, Power and Ideas in the departement of Anthropology. 

    I also teach courses on academic writing and the anthropology of violence. Furthermore I supervise MA students on a variety of subjects. 

    Councilwork: Since 2016 I'm part of the Works council of the FMG and since September 2019 i'm also part of the COR (Central Works' Council) where I'm serving as vice-chair. 

    Editorial work:  I'm the Editor-in-Chief of Conflict and Society, published by Berghahn and I'm member of the editorial team of Etnofoor. 



  • Publications


    • Diphoorn, T., & Grassiani, E. (2020). ‘Why Do We Need Your Research?’: The Ethics of Studying Security and the Dilemmas of the Anthropologist-Expert. Journal of Extreme Anthropology, 4(1), 116-134. [details]
    • Grassiani, E. (2020). Critical engagement when studying those you oppose. In M. de Goede, E. Bosma, & P. Pallister-Wilkins (Eds.), Secrecy and Methods in Security Research: A Guide to Qualitative Fieldwork (pp. 248-260). Routledge. [details]


    • Diphoorn, T., & Grassiani, E. (Eds.) (2019). Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security Provision. (Routledge Studies in Anthropology; Vol. 51). Routledge. [details]
    • Grassiani, E. (2019). Mobility through Self-Defined Expertise: Israeli Security from the Occupation to Kenya. In B. Refslund Sørensen, & E. Ben-Ari (Eds.), Civial–Military Entanglements: Anthropological Perspectives (pp. 185-205). New York: Berghahn Books. [details]
    • Grassiani, E. (2019). Security Narratives: Israeli Militarism and the Private Security Industry. In Y. Levi, N. Gazit, R. Moshe, & A. Harness (Eds.), ha-Tsava ṿe-ḥevrat ha-shuḳ be-Yiśraʼel = The army and the market society in Israel (pp. 186-207). Raanana: Ha-Universiṭah ha-Petuḥah [Open University of Israel].
    • Grassiani, E., & Mueller, F. (2019). Brazil-Israel Relations and the Marketing of Urban Security Expertise. Latin American Perspectives, 46(3), 114-130. [details]



    • Grassiani, E. (2017). Commercialised occupation skills: Israeli security experience as an international brand. In M. Leese, & S. Wittendorp (Eds.), Security/Mobility: Politics of Movement (pp. 57-73). Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press. [details]
    • Grassiani, E., & Diphoorn, T. (2017). Introduction: Ethnographies of Private Security. Conflict and Society, (3), 1-7. [details]
    • Grassiani, E., & Diphoorn, T. G. (Eds.) (2017). Private Security. Conflict and Society, 3(1), 1-72.
    • Schut, T., & Grassiani, E. (2017). Introduction: Freedom. Etnofoor, 29(1), 7-10. [details]


    • Diphoorn, T., & Grassiani, E. (2016). Securitizing Capital: A Processual-Relational Approach to Pluralised Security. Theoretical Criminology, 20(4), 430-445. [details]
    • Grassiani, E., & Volinz, L. (2016). Intimidation, reassurance and invisibility: Israeli security agents in the Old City of Jerusalem. Focaal, 75, 14-30. [details]


    • Diphoorn, T., & Grassiani, E. (2015). Introduction: Security. Etnofoor, 27(2), 7-13. [details]
    • Grassiani, E. (2015). Moral othering at the checkpoint: The case of Israeli soldiers and Palestinian civilians. Critique of Anthropology, 35(4), 373-388. [details]
    • Jaffe, R., & Grassiani, E. (2015). Securing logistics hubs: the role of private security. In R. R. Meade, A. M. H. Clayton, & L. L. McCabe (Eds.), The Moneague papers: Regional logistics hubs: opportunities, threats and risks (pp. 35-45). Jamaica Defence Force. [details]


    • Bal, E., Grassiani, E., & Kirk, K. (2014). Neoliberal individualism in Dutch universities: teaching and learning anthropology in an insecure environment. Learning and Teaching, 7(3), 46-72. [details]
    • Grassiani, E., & Swinkels, M. (2014). Introduction: Engaging with borders. Etnofoor, 26(1), 7-12. [details]
    • Grassiani, E., & Verweij, D. (2014). The Disciplinary Gaze of the Camera's Eye: Soldiers' Conscience and Moral Responsibility. Journal of Military and Strategic Studies, 15(3), 5-22. [details]
    • Salverda, T., & Grassiani, E. (2014). Introduction: Anxiety at the Top. Comparative Sociology, 13(1), 1-11. [details]


    • Grassiani, E. (2013). Soldiering under occupation: processes of numbing among Israeli soldiers in the Al-Aqsa Intifada. New York: Berghahn Books. [details]


    • Grassiani, E. (2012). Militarizing the Enemy's Home, Israel/Palestine: a Photo Essay. Critical Planning, 19(Summer 2012), 105-112. [details]


    • Grassiani, E. (2011). When Soldiers Explain: Discursive Strategies used by Israeli Conscripts. In M. Six-Hohenbalken, & N. Weiss (Eds.), Anthropological Perspectives on Expressions of Violence London: Ashgate.


    • Grassiani, E. (2009). The Phenomenon of Breaking the Silence in Israel: 'Witnessing'as Consciousness Raising Strategy of Israeli Ex-combatants. In T. A. van Baarda, & D. E. M. Verweij (Eds.), The Moral Dimenstion of Asymmetrical Warfare: Counter-Terrorism, Democratic Values and Military Ethics Martinus Nijhoff.


    • Grassiani, E., & Diphoorn, T. (2019). Introducing Security Blurs. In T. Diphoorn, & E. Grassiani (Eds.), Security Blurs: The Politics of Plural Security Provision (pp. 1-15). (Routledge Studies in Anthropology; Vol. 51). London: Routledge. [details]


    • Grassiani, E. (Guest ed.), & Diphoorn, T. (Guest ed.) (2015). Security. Etnofoor, 27(2). [details]


    • Grassiani, E. (Guest ed.), & Swinkels, M. (Guest ed.) (2014). Borders. Etnofoor, 26(1). [details]
    • Salverda, T. S., & Grassiani, E. (Eds.) (2014). Comparative Sociology (vol. 13). Comparative Sociology, 13.


    • Grassiani, E. (2016). Designing for Legacy: an anthropological perspective. In M. Shoshan (Ed.), BLUE: Architecture of UN Peacekeeping Missions: The Dutch contribution to the 15th edition of the Venice Architecture Biennale (pp. 44). Rotterdam: Het Nieuwe Instituut. [details]


    • Grassiani, E., & Gazit, N. (2020). Soldiers' Violence: the Dynamics of Legitimizing and Illegitimating Military Violence in a Prolonged Military Occupation. Paper presented at Legitimizing for Violence, Ra'anana, Israel.


    • Grassiani, E. (2016). International Sociological Association, International Sociological Association, RC 01.
    • Grassiani, E. (2015). member AAA, American Anthropological Association.
    • Grassiani, E. (2008). European Association of Social Anthropologists.

    Media appearance

    Journal editor

    • Grassiani, E. (editor) (2014). Etnofoor (Journal).
    • Grassiani, E. (editor in chief) (2014-2020). Conflict and Society (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Grassiani, E. (speaker) (15-2-2020). Security Research from the Shadows, Shadow Munich Security Conference, Munchen.
    • Grassiani, E. (speaker) (23-5-2018). Exporting Paranoia: Israeli Security inEurope, Spy School, Aalst.


    • Grassiani, E. (organiser), Dayan, H. (organiser), Roei, N. (organiser) & Stein, R. (organiser) (11-11-2019). Perpetrator workshop, amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Grassiani, E. (participant) (3-10-2019). ILLICITIES Workshop, Amsterdam (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Grassiani, E. (participant) (4-3-2019). Combat Proven Politics, London (participating in a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Grassiani, E. (organiser) (28-8-2017 - 30-8-2017). PACSA bi annual conference: The Making of Peace, Conflict and Security: Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Grassiani, E. (organiser) (2016). Securitizing Worlds, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Grassiani, E. (organiser) (2-9-2015 - 5-9-2015). Im/mobilities as products and generators of conflict, Frankfurt (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Grassiani, E. (organiser), Diphoorn, T. G. (organiser) & Jaffe, R. K. (organiser) (19-1-2015 - 20-1-2015). Security at Large, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Grassiani, E. (organiser) (2015). with gate48, Amsterdam. Jerusalem a city disunited (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Grassiani, E. (organiser) (10-9-2014 - 12-9-2014). Security on the Move, Amsterdam (organising a conference, workshop, ...).
    • Moerman, G. (organiser), Broer, C. (organiser), Veenis, M. (organiser) & Grassiani, E. (organiser) (27-8-2014 - 29-8-2014). #Ethnography: Trends, Traverses and Traditions (organising a conference, workshop, ...).


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  • Ancillary activities
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