Spatial Activism in the City: Perspectives of Body, Identity and

Chen Misgav

The main purpose of the research is to re-define the concept of activism by exposing and examining the ways activists construct urban spaces using concepts such as identity, embodiment and memory. The basic assumption of this research is that activism in the global era serves as an important element in our cities and the re-conceptualization of this notion will help us to understand how urban and public spaces are constructed. Such spaces are used for leisure, cultural activities and consumption, and within them identity characteristics such as gender, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality are expressed. An examination of activism through the prism of identity, embodiment and memory and the way these elements embedded in this new active action will  lead us to a better understanding of the notion of spatial justice. The research focuses on four different centers of activism in Tel-Aviv and Jaffa, each of them evolves in their agendas and daily activities notions of identity, the body and memory.