Gender Forum

The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace

The issue of the role of gender in the field of violent conflict and transition to peace has received growing attention in recent years, however it is most often addressed in broad academic frameworks such as gender studies or conflict studies. Thanks to a new generous contribution of Mr. Alan Davis, the Leonard Davis institute for International Relations (LDI) is now creating a research forum that will focus more specifically on the various links between gender, conflict and peace studies (for example, the role of women within conflicts and conflict resolution, in peace-making processes, and gender-based approaches to understanding conflicts and conflict resolution).
 
Exploring gender studies, peace and security is especially salient in the local reality of protracted conflict which offers an abundance of empirical examples of gender-related issues. Such examples include women’s activism in protest movements such as the Four Mothers Movement (which called for Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon) or during the recent "Arab Spring”, women's experience in and approach to peace negotiations, the experience of Palestinian women under occupation, questions related to gender and the military and the changing perspectives in Israeli society and institutions regarding military service and gender. At the same time, Israel can benefit from learning about events and processes outside Israel, how gender is affected by protracted conflicts, how it affects conflict resolution, etc.

The new research forum will contribute significantly both to the development of the field of gender, conflict and peace studies in Israel, as well as to the field abroad, through outreach to the larger academic community in North America, Europe, and the Third World, and will link the issue of gender studies to that of international studies. In addition, raising interest in and awareness of such issues may also help empower women in Israel, both within the academic arena and beyond it.
 
The research forum on Gender, Conflict, and Peace will address both general conceptual gender-conflict related issues as well as cases that are unique to the Israeli and Middle Eastern environment. To promote this broad agenda the Forum plans to provide a post-doctoral fellowship, grants for research groups, organize conferences on related issues and invite prominent scholars from abroad to offer short courses and give public talks on topics related to Gender, Conflict, and Peace. 

The Sophie Davis Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2018-19

The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender,
Conflict Resolution and Peace
 

The Sophie Davis Post-Doctoral Fellowship 2018-2019
of up to 90,000 NIS

The Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations is pleased to offer the Sophie Davis Fellowship for postdoctoral student, to Israeli and overseas applicants who are working on issues related to Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace.
  • Fellowships will be paid over a period of twelve months from October 2018 till September 2019. 
  • Applicants must submit their dissertation no later than September 30, 2018, or hold a doctoral degree granted after September 2013.
  • The fellows are expected to submit an article or other academic publication, based on their research during the post-doc period. Any publication should acknowledge the support of the Davis Institute. Fellows are also expected to be involved in the Institute’s academic and public activities.
  • The elected fellow will also be expected to coordinate the Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace, and be actively involved in its activities (organizing lectures and symposia).
  • The fellow will be eligible to a shared office space, full access to the Hebrew University libraries, and the Institute's facilities. Fellowship recipients are required to spend at least nine months in residence at the Leonard Davis Institute. During their stay they are required to be present at their office at least three days a week.
Submission deadline: January 15, 2018
 
For more details on the application process and the terms of the Fellowship please visit the Hebrew University Scholarships and Fellowships website at
http://scholarships.huji.ac.il
 
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The Sophie Davis Learning Community

The Sophie Davis Learning Community is meant to bring together scholars and activists looking into questions of gender, conflict resolution and peace from diverse disciplines and perspectives. We aim to create a scholarly community that will develop various creative and innovative collaborations around these themes. The community will meet once a month to discuss a specific concept. Each meeting will feature three to five short presentations (10-15 min) and then open the stage for Q&A, followed by general discussion about the concept, its place and meaning in our research, activism, and lived experiences.
Please note: All meetings will be audio/video recorded and, unless otherwise advertised, take place in Hebrew. 

First Learning Community meeting: Hope, Gender, and Conflict Resolution

Opening: Dr. Tal Nitsán, The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and
Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
 
Speakers:
Prof. Galia Golan, Prof. Emerita, Department of Political Science, Prof. Daphna Golan, Faculty of Law, and Dr. Yael Berda, Department of Sociology and Anthropology.
Monday, Dec 19, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm, Room 501, Beit Maiersdorf, Mt. Scopus Campus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Second Learning Community meeting: Kavod, Gender, and Conflict Resolution

 

Monday, Jan 16, 12:00-2:00, Room 503, Beit Maiersdorf, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Opening: Prof. Dan Miodownik, Academic Director, the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Speakers:
Dr. Orit Kamir, The Israeli Center for Human Dignity
Adv. Shiri Lev-Ran Lavy, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
Dr. Hadas Cohen, Lafer Center and Davis Institute, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Chair: Dr. Tal Nitsán, The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
For the meeting presentation: http://bit.ly/2lkphVG

 

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Writing workshop: Writing Kavod

The Writing Kavod, workshop focuses on texts written around and following the second meeting of the Sophie Davis Learning Community on Kavod, Gender, and Conflict Resolution. The texts reflect how aspects of dignity, honor, respect and glory meet and intersect in the authors’ research, activism, and lived experiences.

Third Learning Community meeting: Translation, Gender, and Conflict Resolution

Wednesday, March 15, 11:00-14:00, Room 2415, The Faculty of Social Science,The Hebrew University.
Conceptual Opening and Chairing: Dr. Tal Nitsán, The Sophie Davis Forum onGender, Conflict Resolution and Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Speakers:
Adv. Anat Tahon, Itach-Maaki: Women Lawyers for Social Justice
Dr. Limor Meoded Danon, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows, The Hebrew University
Ms. Maytal Strul, Adva Center for Information on Equality and Social Justice in Israel
Adv. Rawia Aburabia, Faculty of Law, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Writing workshop: Writing Translation

 

The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution
:and Peace cordially invites you to a writing workshop
Writing Translation
Tuesday, March 28, 10:00-12:30
Room 341, Rabin Building, Mt. Scopus Campus, Hebrew University

 

Fourth Learning Community meeting: ReCall, Gender, and Conflict Resolution

Wednesday, April 19, 12:00-16:00, room 501, Beit Maiersdorf, Mt. Scopus Campus
Speakers:
Prof. (Emerita) Naomi Chazan, Departments of Political Science and African Studies, The Hebrew University and Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.
Dr. Inbal Wilamovski, Lafer Center and the Criminology Institute, The Hebrew University
Dr. Tal Nitsán, The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace
Dr. Amal Abu Saad, Program Head, Teacher Education for Kindergarten Teachers in the Bedouin Sector, Kaye Academic College, and Umm al-Hiran evacuee
Ms. Mariam Abu El-Kian, Department of Public Policy and Administration, Ben Gurion University, and Head of Umm al-Hiran Women’s Council
Adv. Netta Amar-Shiff, Department of Geography, Ben Gurion University
Ms. Nili Baruch, Department of Geography, The Hebrew University, and Bimkom: Planners for Planning Rights
Dr. Yeela Raanan, Department of Public Administration and Policy, Sapir Academic College, and Spokesperson, The Regional Council of Unrecognized Villages.
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Fifth Learning Community Meeting: Belonging, Gender, and Conflict Resolution

 

Monday, May 8, 12:30-16:00   (Gathering and Light refreshments, 12:00)
Room 502 Beit Maiersdorf, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
Seating is limited, please RSVP at: http://SophieDavisLC.rsvpify.com by Thursday, May 4th.
 
Opening: Prof. Dan Miodownik, Academic Director, the Leonard Davis Institute for
International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Speakers:
Prof. Nadera Shalhoub-Kevorkian, the Faculty of Law (Institute of Criminology) and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Sarai Aharoni, Gender Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Ms. Siri Levinas with Ms. Yahaloma Zchut, Women Wage Peace.
Prof. Yifat Bitton, Faculty of Law, College of Management and the Hebrew University
Chair: Dr. Tal Nitsán, The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

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The Sophie Davis Learning Community - Full Program

The Sophie Davis Learning Community is meant to bring together scholars and activists looking into questions of gender, conflict resolution and peace
from diverse disciplines and perspectives. We aim to create a scholarly community that will develop various creative and innovative collaborations around these themes.
The community will meet once a month to discuss a specific concept. Each meeting will feature three to five short presentations (10-15 min) and then open the stage for Q&A,
followed by general discussion about the concept, its place and meaning in our research, activism, and lived experiences. 

Call for Proposals

The Sophie Davis Learning Community is meant to bring together scholars and activists looking into questions of gender, conflict resolution and peace from diverse disciplines and perspectives. We aim to create a scholarly community that will develop various creative and innovative collaborations around these themes. The community will meet once a month to discuss a specific concept. Each meeting will feature three to five short presentations (10-15 min) and then open the stage for Q&A, followed by general discussion about the concept, its place and meaning in our research, activism, and lived experiences.
Please note: Unless otherwise advertised, the events will take place in Hebrew.
Our first event, Hope, Gender, and Conflict Resolution (see enclosed), will take place on Monday,
Dec 19, 2016, 2:00-3:30pm, Room 501, Beit Maiersdorf, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
 
We invite you to submit presentation proposals for the upcoming meetings, focusing on Kavod (כבוד), Translation (תרגום), Compassion (חמלה), and Belonging (שייכות).
Proposals should be 100-150w (English), directly engage with the meeting’s concept (see below), and sent to: Dr. Tal Nitsán (tal.nitsan1@mail.huji.ac.il. )
Deadline for the January meeting is Dec 18. For the rest: Dec 30. 

Current Post- Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Einat Gedalya-Lavy (2015-2017) is a current Sophie Davis Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace at the Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University. Her PhD work at the Political Science Department in Tel-Aviv University examined the relationships between feminism, media framing of women and politics and the gender gap in voting in Israel over time. Her current study focuses on a comparative analysis of attitudes and values of women and men toward peace and security issues.
Gedalya-Lavy is a recipient of several academic awards and scholarships, including: the Na'amat doctoral research grant and the Tami Steinmetz research grant together with Prof. Herzog regarding women's voices on issues of peace and security. She has been an active member of the "Gender Gap in Voting" research group at "Shavot" center for the advancement of women in the public sphere at Van-Leer Institute in Jerusalem. She was a research fellow at the Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy (Goldman Junior fellowship). Her research interests include: Gender and Politics; Gender, Peace and Security; Political Communication; Elections Studies; Political Psychology, and Political Methodology.
 
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Dr. Tal Nitsán (2016-17) is a feminist scholar critically examining socio-cultural global and local perspectives of the intersections between gender, violence, and law & society. Her interdisciplinary projects navigate between three main research sites: Israel/Palestine, Guatemala, and North America. She currently holds the Sophie Davis Post-Doctoral Fellow on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace at the Davis Institute for International Relations, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research on transnational women’s human rights discourse in theory and practice offers a comparative perspective on the role of dignity and diversity in promoting social justice in Guatemala and Israel. Dr. Nitsán taught several undergraduate courses on gender and socio-legal issues in both the Anthropology and the Sociology Departments at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and has been actively implementing insights from her fieldwork with the Guatemalan movement to end violence against women into campus-based activism on gendered violence. She completed her PhD in Anthropology at UBC where she was a Liu Institute Scholar. Her PhD was supported by multiple fellowships and research grants and one of her dissertation chapters was awarded the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights (The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, University of Texas School of Law). She holds an MA in Anthropology and Sociology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she was a Truman Institute fellow. Her MA was supported by multiple fellowships and research grants and received The Shaine Center for Research in the Social Sciences Master’s thesis award as well as The Israeli Sociological Society's Master’s Thesis Recognition Award.  She volunteered at the Jerusalem Rape Crisis Center, was a member of the UBC Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault Awareness, and serves on the American Anthropology Association’s Committee on Gender Equity in Anthropology (CoGEA).