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Dr. Dafna Hirsch

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Open University of Israel Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication 1 University Road, Ra'anana
Office:972-9-778-1107 Fax:972-9-778-0660 Email:dafnahi@openu.ac.il
Born:1970, Israel

Areas Of Interest
  • Jewish society and culture in Mandate Palestine
  • Culture of everyday life
  • Culture theory and research
  • Food studies
  • Gender and ethnic relations
  • Racism and racial thought
  • Historical anthropology

2006

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

Supervisors: Prof. Billie Melman, Prof. Debbie Bernstein

2000

M.A. (summa cum laude), Unit of Culture Research, Tel Aviv University University

Supervisor: Prof. Gadi Algazi

1994/5 – 1996/7
B.A. (magna cum laude), General and Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities, Tel Aviv University
1993/4
New York University, NYC, Photography Department (studies towards a BA degree)
1992/3
New School for Social Research, NYC, Faculty of Humanities (studies towards a BA degree)
2015
Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
2014/15
Visiting Scholar, Department of Nutrition, Food Studies and Public Health, NYU
2009
Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
2008
Visiting Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
2007/8
Postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
2006 - 2017
Adjunct teacher, Unit of Culture Research, Tel Aviv University
May 2002
Research Fellow, The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin
2012
Wenner-Gren Foundation Workshop Grant, in the framework of the Van Leer Institute Research Group:
Encounters between history and anthropology in studying the Israeli-Palestinian Space
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 on request from the Open University)
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
2001-2003
Half subsistance scholarship from the school of history, 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
2016-2017
Organizer of the seminar of the Master's Program in Cultural Studies, the Open University of Israel
2015 -
Member of the organizing committee of the "Culture and Consumption" section of the Israeli Sociological Association
2013
Member of the Young Scholars Forum of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities
2011-2012
Head of research group "Encounters between history and anthropology - studying the Israeli-Palestinian space," The Jerusalem Van Leer Institute
2008 – 2009
Member of research group “Central- and Eastern-European influences on Zionism and the state of Israel,” The Jerusalem Van Leer Institute
2004 – 2005
Member of the Forum for the Study of Israeli Society and Culture, The Jerusalem Van Leer Institute
Summer 2000
International Women’s University (ifu), Hannover, Germany
1996 - 2005
Co-founder of the Gay and Lesbian Studies and Queer Theory Forum and member of the organizing committee of the Annual Gay and Lesbian Studies and Queer Theory Conference, Tel Aviv University

Dafna Hirsch, 2014. 'We Are Here to Bring the West': Hygiene Education and Culture Building in the Jewish Society of Palestine during the British Mandate Period. Sde Boker: The Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.

Dafna Hirsch (ed.) (forthcoming). Encounters: History and Anthropology of the Israeli-Palestinian Space. Jerusalem: The Jerusalem Van Leer Institute.​

Dafna Hirsch, forthcoming. "Food, Give me Food," Theory and Criticism (invited review essay, Hebrew).

Dafna Hirsch, 2017. "Who is a Man? Masculinity Theories in a Critical Perspective," Theory and Criticism 48: 9-32.

Dafna Hirsch and Dana Kachtan, 2017. "Is “Hegemonic Masculinity” Hegemonic as Masculinity? Two Israeli Case Studies," Men and Masculinities, online first (1097184X17696186).

Dafna Hirsch, 2016. "Hummus Masculinity in Israel," Food, Culture and Society 19: 337-359.

Dafna Hirsch, 2015. "Hygiene, Dirt and the shaping of a new man among the early Zionist halutzim", European Journal of Cultural Studies 18: 300-318.

Dafna Hirsch and Ofra Tene, 2013. "Hummus: The Making of an Israeli Culinary Cult", Journal of Consumer Culture 13: 25-45.

Dafna Hirsch, 2011. ""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: 617-630.

Dafna Hirsch, 2011. "Gender and Ethnicity in Zionist Nation-Building Project: The Case of Hannah Helena Thon," Ethnic and Racial Studies 34: 275-292.

Dafna Hirsch, 2011. “ Medicalization of Motherhood, Ethnic Relsations and the Education of Mizrahi Mothers to 'Hygienic' Treatment of Babies”, Yiunim Betkumat Israel: Gender in Israel (eds. Margalit Shilo and Gideon Katz), pp. 106-139 (Hebrew).

Dafna Hirsch, 2009. “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: 577-594.

Dafna Hirsch, 2009. “Zionist Eugenics, Mixed Marriage, and the Creation of a New Jewish Type”, The Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute 15: 592-609.

Dafna Hirsch, 2008. “ ‘Friend and Supervisor’: The Public Health Nurse in Mandate Palestine as a Cultural Agent,” Zion 73: 453-484 (Hebrew).

Dafna Hirsch, 2008. “ ‘Interpreters of Occident to the Awakening Orient’: The Jewish Public Health Nurse in Mandate Palestine”, Comparative Studies in Society and History, 50: 227-255.

Dafna Hirsch (forthcoming). "Introduction: Towards a Historical Anthropology of the Israeli-Palestinian Space," Encounters between History and Anthropology in Studying the Israeli-Palestinian Space.

Dafna Hirsch (forthcoming). "'The Best Hummus is that Made by Arabs', or: what can hummus teach us about culture contancts in Israel", chapter for the volume Encounters between History and Anthropology in Studying the Israeli-Palestinian Space.

Dafna Hirsch, 2008. “‘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, pp. 160-185 (Hebrew).

Dafna Hirsch, 2005. “Homotopia: Independence Park in Tel Aviv”, in Rachel Kallus and Tali Hatuka (eds.), Architectural Culture: Place, Representation, Body. Tel Aviv: Resling, pp. 287-310 (Hebrew).​
Reprinted in: Aeyal Gross, Amalia Ziv and Raz Yosef (eds.), Another Sex: Selected Essays in Israeli Queer and LGBT Studies. Tel Aviv: Resling, pp. 443-472.

Dafna Hirsch, 2004. “ ‘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. Kצnigsstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer, pp. 336-352.

Dafna Hirsch, 2004. “ ‘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. Kצnigsstein/Taunus: Ulrike Helmer, pp. 336-352.

Dafna Hirsch, 2015. Review of Anat Helman's book Becoming Israeli: National Ideals and Everyday Life in the 1950s, Israel Studies Review 30 (2).​

Dafna Hirsch, 2014. Review essay on Hizky Shoham's book Mordecai is Riding a Horse: Purim Celebrations in Tel-Aviv (1908-1936) and the Building of a New Nation, Israel 22: 183-193 (Hebrew).​

Dafna Hirsch, 2009. Review of Aziza Khazzoom's book "Shifting Ethnic Boundaries and Inequality in Israel," Israel Studies Forum 24: 121-123.​

Dafna Hirsch, 2008. Review of Raphael Falk’s book Zionism and the Biology of the Jews, Israeli Sociology, 10: 237-239 (Hebrew).​

Dafna Hirsch, "Zionism", Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism (forthcoming).​

Dafna Hirsch, 2007. “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 (Hebrew).

Dafna Hirsch and Ofra Tene, 2014. "Hummus: An Iraeli Culinary Cult." Zmanim 128: 84-93 (Hebrew translation of the English article).

Dafna Hirsch, 2009. “Epilogue,” in Chen Mike, Fear, Love: Interviews with Lesbians, Homosexuals and Parents. Tel Aviv: Mifgashim (Hebrew).

Dafna Hirsch, 2002. “Tel Aviv: rendez-vous à l’Independence Park”, Revue Urbanisme, 325: 64-66.

Dafna Hirsch, 2002. “ ‘We Are Here to Bring the West’: The Hygienic Discourse in Jewish Palestine”, Zmanim, 78: 107-120 (Hebrew).

Dafna Hirsch, 1999. “Independence Park: A Homosexual Domain,” Architecture of Israel 36: 60-65 (Hebrew).​

Study guide for the advanced course "Food, Society and Culture".​

Seven chapters for the study guide for the M.A. course "Issues in the Theory of Space."​

Half of the study guide for the M.A. course "Popular Culture."​

Four chapters of the study guide for the M.A. course "Gender: Culture and Identity."​

Study guide for the M.A. course "Body and Culture."​

"Body and Cultures: Outline of a Thriving Academic Discussion" – an opening article for the “Body and Culture” course reader.

Seven sections for the study guide in the M.A. course "Theories and Approaches in Culture Research."​

Translation to Hebrew of a chapter from Judith Butler's Bodies That Matter in Dalit Baum et al. (eds.), Studying Feminism: A Reader (Tel Aviv, 2006), pp. 443-476.​