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Material Frontiers
Mustapha Jundi
Current


This thesis examines the contested border geographies between Lebanon and Israel as material frontiers that are interrogated through material and media ecologies. It explores the subterranean world of oil, gas and water through their entanglement with transboundary extractive practices and political delineation processes exercised on the surface. I argue that border regimes, commonly conceived through surface property metrics, are problematized in these environments of transgression and leakage and better conceptualized through a volumetric conception of territory and sovereignty. This is advanced through the examination of the sensorial regimes conditioning these transboundary subterranean worlds as technoscientific objects across the continuum between the surface and subsurface.