The Open University of Israel

Dr. Dafna Hirsch

Dr. Dafna Hirsch

Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication

Updated: November 2013


 

Personal

Tel: 972-9-778-1107

Fax: 972-9-778-0660

E-mail: dafnahi@openu.ac.il

Born: March 8, 1970

Status: Living with partner, Smadar Sharon, and son, Omer Sharon-Gabay

Education

2007 Ph.D. (summa cum laude), School of History, Tel Aviv University
Dissertation: The inculcation of “hygienic” models of conduct to the Jewish community of Mandate Palestine
2001 M.A. (summa cum laude), Unit of Culture Research, Tel Aviv University
Summer 2000 International Women’s University (IFU), Hannover, Germany
1994/5 – 1996/7 B.A. (magna cum laude), General and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Tel Aviv University
1993 – 1994 New York University, NYC, Photography Department (studies towards a BA degree)
1992 – 1993 New School for Social Research, NYC, Faculty of Humanities (studies towards a BA degree)

Areas of Interest

Academic Positions

2009 – Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
2008 – 2009 Visiting Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
2007 – 2008 Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2006 –  Adjunct Teacher, Unit of Culture Research, Tel Aviv University
2006 – 2007 Adjunct Teacher, Sapir Academic College
May 2002 Research Fellow, The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin

Prizes and Awards

2011 - 2013 ISF research grant for the project: "Hummus: The Socio-Cultural Life of an Israel Food Icon
2008/9 Post-doctoral fellowship, Frankel Center for Judaic Studies, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (declined)
2007/8  Golda Meir post-doctoral fellowship, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2004/5  Doctoral Scholarship Grant, The Alfried Krupp von Bohlen and Halbach Foundation, within the framework of the Iganaz Buvis Scholarship Fund
2002 Doctoral Scholarship Grant, Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture
2002 The Pinchas and Sheindil Wald Award of the Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History
2002 The Rabin Center Award for MA thesis
2001 Hadassah International Research Institute on Jewish Women at Brandeis University Research Grant
2001 The Chutick Women Studies Award, The Women Studies Forum with NCJW, Tel Aviv University
1999 The Puzis Award for Academic Achievements, The Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University
1996 Annual Dean of Humanities Award for Academic Achievements
1995 Annual Dean of Humanities Award for Academic Achievements

Other Relevant Positions

2011
Head of research group "Encounters between history and anthropology - studying the Israeli-Palestinian space," Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem
2008 – 2009 Member of research group “Central- and Eastern-European influences on Zionism and the state of Israel,” Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem
2004 – 2005 Member of the Forum for the Study of Israeli Society and Culture, Van Leer Institute, Jerusalem
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List of Publications

Books

Dafna Hirsch, "We Are Here to Bring the West": Hygiene Education and Culture Building in the Jewish Society of Mandate Palestine, The Ben-Gurion Reserach Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism Publishing House (Hebrew, forthcoming).

In Progress

Hummus: The Making of an Israeli Culinary Cult

Encounters Between History and Anthropology in Studying the Israeli-Palestinian Space (edited volume).
 

Articles in Refereed Journals

  1. Dafna Hirsch and Ofra Tene, "Hummus: The Making of an Israeli Culinary Cult", Journal of Consumer Culture 13 (2013), 25-45.
  2. Dafna Hirsch, "'Hummus is Best when it is Fresh and made by Arabs': The Gourmetization of Hummus in Israel and the Return of the Repressed Arab," American Ethnologist 38 (2011), 617-630.
  3. Dafna Hirsch, "Gender and Ethnicity in Zionist Nation-Building Project: The Case of Hannah Helena Thon," Ethnic and Racial Studies 34 (2011), 275-292.
  4. Dafna Hirsch, “Zionist Physicians, Mixed Marriage, and the Creation of a New Jewish Type,” The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 15 (2009), 592-609.
  5. Dafna Hirsch, “ ‘We Are Here to Bring the West, Not Only to Ourselves’: Zionist Occidentalism and the Discourse of Hygiene in Mandate Palestine,” International Journal of Middle East Studies 41 (2009), 577-594.
  6. Dafna Hirsch, “ ‘His Mental Longings She Does not Understand’: Hygiene Education of Mizrahi Mothers During the British Mandate Period,” Yiunim Betkumat Israel: Gender in Israel, 2001: 106-139 (Hebrew). 
  7. Dafna Hirsch, “ ‘Friend and Supervisor’: The Public Health Nurse in Mandate Palestine as a Cultural Agent,” Zion 73 (2008), 453-484 (Hebrew).
  8. Dafna Hirsch, “ ‘Interpreters of Occident to the Awakening Orient’: The Jewish Public Health Nurse in Mandate Palestine,” Comparative Studies in Society and History, 50 (1), (2008), 227-255.

Chapters in Books

  1. Dafna Hirsch, “‘Infusion of New Blood Can Only Heal and Strengthen’: Zionist Physicians and Mixed Marriages,” in Yahouda Shenhav and Yossi Yona (eds.), Racism in Israel (Jerusalem: The Van Leer Institute, 2008), 160-185 (Hebrew).
  2. Dafna Hirsch, “Homotopia: Independence Park in Tel Aviv,” in Rachel Kallus and Tali Hatuka (eds.), Architectural Culture: Place, Representation, Body (Tel Aviv: Resling, 2005), pp. 287-310 (Hebrew).
  3. Dafna Hirsch, “ ‘We Are Here to Bring the West’: Hygiene Education within the Jewish Community in Colonial Palestine (1920-1948),” in Body Project (Eds.), Corporealities: Interventions in an Omnipresent Theme (Königsstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer, 2004), pp. 336-352.
  4. Dafna Hirsch, “ ‘Wir sind hier, um den Westen zu bringen’: Hygieneerziehung in der jüdischen Gemeinschaft des kolonialen Palästina (1920-1948),” in Body Project (Hg.): Korporealitäten. In(ter)ventionen in ein omnipräsentes Thema (Königsstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer Verlag, 2002), pp. 349-367.

Open University Materials

Other Publications

  1. Dafna Hirsch, “Epilogue,” in Chen Mike, Fear, Love: Interviews with Lesbians, Homosexuals and Parents (Tel Aviv: Mifgashim, 2009), 181-189 (Hebrew).
  2. Dafna Hirsch, “Jews and Medicine in the Age of Modernisation and Secularization,” in David Shacham (ed.), New Jewish Time – Jewish Culture in a secular age – Encyclopedic perspective (Tel Aviv: Keter, 2007) (Hebrew).
  3. Dafna Hirsch, “ ‘We Are Here to Bring the West’: The Hygienic Discourse in Jewish Palestine,” Zmanim, 78 (2002), 107-120 (Hebrew).
  4. Dafna Hirsch, “Tel Aviv: rendez-vous à l’Independence Park,” Revue Urbanisme, 325 (2002), 64-66.
  5. Dafna Hirsch, “Independence Park: A Homosexual Domain,” Architecture of Israel 36 (1999), 60-65 (Hebrew).

Book Reviews

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Selected Papers at Scientific Conferences

2013 Lecture at the 28th annual conference of the Association for Israel Studies, UCLA
2012 Lecture at the international conference "Foodways: Diasporic Diners, Transnational Tables and Culinary Connections", University of Toronto 
2012 Lecture at the Crossroads for Cultural Studies Conference, Sorbonne, Paris
2011 Lecture at the annual conference of the Association for Israel Studies, Brandeis University
2011 Lecture of the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Ethnicity and Nationalism, London School of Economics
2010 Lecture at the international workshop "Food, Power and Meaning in the Middle East and the Mediterranean", Ben Gurion University
2010 Lecture at the 26th annual conference of the Association for Israel Studies, University of Toronto
2010 Lecture at the conference "Unforgettable Hebrew Women" – conference in honor of Prof. Margalith Shilo, Bar Ilan University
2009 Lecture at the conference "Cultures in Israel: Contacts and Conflicts," The Open University of Israel
2009
Lecture at the international conference of the European Association for the History of Medicine and Health: "Global Developments and Local Specificities in the History of Medicine and Health," Heidelberg
2009 Lecture at the international conference “Feminist Research Methods,” Stockholm University
2009 Lecture at the conference “Children and Youth during Times of Revolution and National Change,” Tel Aviv University
2008 Lecture at the conference “Gender and Nationalism,” Tel Aviv University
2008 Lecture at the conference “Feminist Thinking after Gender Trouble,” The Open University of Israel, Ra’anana
2008 Lecture at the annual conference of the Association for Israel Studies, New York University
2008 Lecture at the lecture marathon of candidates for the Mandel scholarship, Scholion Interdisciplinary Center for Research in Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2007 Lecture at the international workshop of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University, “Negotiating Jewish Knowledge: Transitions and Transformations,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2007 Lecture at the annual conference of the Association for Israel Studies (International conference), The Open University of Israel, Ra’anana
2007 Lecture at the 31st annual conference of the Israeli Association for Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Tel Aviv University
2007 Lecture at the conference “Private Mother, National Mother: Motherhood During the Yishuv,” Bar Ilan University
2006 Lecture at the international conference “ImagiNATION – the Cultural Praxis of Zionism” – Arizona State University at Tempe
2005 Paper presentation at the international workshop “Experts and Mediators of Knowledge in the 20th Century” – Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin.
2005 Paper presentation at the Annual Conference of the Israeli Society for the History of Medicine and Science: “The History of Nursing and Midwifery in Israel and Abroad”
2004 Paper presentation at the Annual Conference of the Israeli Anthropological Association, Sde Boker
2001 Paper presentation at the 13th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem
2001 Paper presentation at the international conference “Consumption and Gender in Historical Perspectives” – Tel Aviv University