Current Research Projects
Memorial and Graduation Ceremonies in Israeli Schools
I began to study memorial ceremonies in schools, taking them to be a site of encounter between the state and civil society, which has been producing new and competing models of nationalism. This led me to develop the concept of traumatic nationalism, which emerges in conditions of post-nationalism, as a model of nationalism that exists alongside the canonic model, namely that of heroic nationalism.
In order to broaden my observation on the ceremonial sphere in Israel, I am also collecting small ethnographies of Graduation ceremonies in schools. I try to observe how these ceremonies construct youth identities, and how they interplay with the 'traumatic nationalism'. In the upcoming year I intend to complete a manuscript on these issues.
The Place of Military Service in the Lives of Young Israeli Women
I have recently started a research project together with Dr. Orna Sasson-Levy (Bar-Ilan University), which incorporates my various fields of interest: gender, military and life course. Using life stories of over 100 women we aim to understand the role of the military in the lives of women in Israel. Using inter-sectional data we investigate issues of power, emotional and social capital, mobility and gender awareness.
Management of Diversity in the IDF
This project is in collaboration with Prof. Eyal Ben-Ari, an anthropologist from the Hebrew University. Joined by our research group we have collected empirical material through interviews and observations at various military units. The particular contribution of this project lies in its anthropological observation of diversity management, which enables us to examine dimensions that the literature has not yet dealt with, in particular the study of processes of negotiation, growth, institutionalization and change; the multiplicity of contexts within the military organization; and the place of agency in individual and group behavior within the army. We are currently processing the materials and are set to write a book on the subject.
Migration Stories of Russian Students
Prof. Tamar Rapoport and I have just completed a manuscript on our widespread research on this topic and it is forthcoming in Hebrew in Magness Press. We have investigated and published extensively on the different readings of young Russian immigrants on various issues in Israeli society, such as: Zionist ethos, ethnicity, Kibutz etc. We have subsequently established their Immigration script which we revise around the term 'critical belonging'.
Women Breaking the Silence
Dr. Orna Sasson-Levy, Prof. Yagil Levy and myself analyzed the testimonies of women who served in the Occupied territories.
For Full articles press here: Gender and Society
Life Stories of War Veterans
The intersection of personal and national memories revisited through the research of the normalization and experience of war.