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
 
For Further information:

Women and Armed conflicts

Armed conflicts impact the lived experiences of individuals in diverse and varied ways, in relation to their social locations (gender, class, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age). While women were always affected by armed conflicts—as worriers and/or family members of warriors, as means to harm the morals and continuity of the rival group, as survivors—through history, women’s wartime experiences were rarely recorded. This series will focus on a range of ways in which armed conflicts, in various geographic locations, impact women’s lived experiences. It aims to help us familiarize ourselves with less discussed wartime experiences, to better understand question of complex victimhood and agency in oppressive and violent circumstances, and mostly to challenge our views regarding ) wars (particular ones and wars in general). 

The Role of Women Exiles in Peace Processes - A lecture by Dr. Arancha (Araceli) Garcia del Soto

A collaboration between Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace, The Swiss Center for Conflict Research, The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for The Advancement of Peace.

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Experts’ Panel on Gender Aspects of Conflicts and Conflict Resolution

Armed conflicts shape the lived experiences of individuals of diverse populations and social location (gender, status, nationality, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age) in different ways. At the same time, many of us have a limited ability to impact the management and resolution of conflicts that shape our lives and the lives of others.
 
The Experts’ Panel on Gender Aspects of Conflicts and Conflict Resolution, taking place on
Monday, January 6, 2020 5:00-7:00pm at the The Dan Wassong Auditorium, Yitzhak Rabin. Building, Mount Scopus campus will address the questions:
Why is it important to examine gender aspects of and perspectives on conflicts and conflict resolution? How conflicts impact women of diverse populations, in Israel and globally? How do the UN and other international agencies and entities view integration of women in conflict resolution processes? How do women participate in conflict resolution processes in locations around the globe? How do Israeli women of diverse populations promote and enable women's participation in conflict resolution processes?
For further information see the event invitation.
 
Please note:
The event will take place in Hebrew and will be recorded.
The main entrance to the Rabin building is located across from the Rothberg School for international students. 
For inquiries please contact Dr. Tal Nitsan tal.nitsan1@mail.huji.ac.il   
 
 
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Women Rewriting the Nation: A Comparative Study of Jordanian and Palestinian Feminist Writing

In her talk Women Rewriting the Nation: A Comparative Study of Jordanian and Palestinian Feminist Writing Prof. Camelia Suleiman juxtapose the writing of the Palestinian Sahar Khalifa, with that of the Jordanian, Samiha Khreis. Comparing their creative responses to the violence of the state sheds light on the identity struggles in the two Arab communities.
Monday, December 16, 1:00-2:30pm, Room 2415, Social Science Faculty.
The event takes place as a collaboration with the M.A. Program in Conflict Research, Management and Resolution.
For further information see invitation below.
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Special screening of the movie: An Ordinary Life

Women and girls make up about 50% of the refugees, asylum seekers and internally displaced populations around the world. The majority of the migratory experiences they face—vulnerabilities, challenges, opportunities—are directly related and particular to the fact that they are women.
Can refugee women create themselves and their families An Ordinary Life?
The documentary film 'An Ordinary Life' provides us with a rare glimpse into the struggles of two women-activists in their attempt to create a better life for themselves, their families, and refugee communities in Tel Aviv and in Berlin.
Monday, December 16, 5:00-7:00pm, Room 2415 Social Science Faculty.
 
Opening Remarks: Noa Levy, Sophie Davis Forum on Gender and Conflict Resolution and Peace.
Sceerning will be followed by a conversation with the film directors Gili Danon, Efrat Shalom Danon.
Chair: Dr. Tal Nitsán, The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace.
Israel, Germany 2019 | 55 minutes | English, Hebrew, German, Tigrinya | English subtitles
Admission is free, but seating is limited, please RSVP https://bit.ly/2Lc84w9 by December 11th.
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Beyond Victimhood: Inclusive Security and Women’s Role in Stopping Armed Conflicts

A workshop with Ambassador Swanee Hunt 
Monday, November 26, 12:30-14:00, Abba Eban Hall
Alfred Davis Building, Mount Scopus Campus
Swanee Hunt is the Eleanor Roosevelt Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Under Dean Joseph Nye, she created and led the school’s Women and Public Policy Program. As President Clinton’s US Ambassador to Austria from 1993–97, she hosted negotiations and international symposia to stabilize the Balkan states and support women leaders throughout Eastern Europe. For two decades she has chaired Inclusive Security, a DC-based NGO, working with thousands of women leaders and policy-makers in more than 60 countries.
 
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Naila, the Uprising, and other Armed Conflicts

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 14:00-16:30. 
Room (2)5701 Social Science Building, Mt Scopus Campus
14:00-14:30    Gathering 
14:30-14:40    Welcoming and Opening Remarks  
                       Dr. Tal Nitsan, Sophie Davis Forum on Gender and Conflict Resolution,
                       The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
14:40-16:00    Screening. Naila and the Uprising.
                       Directed by Julia Bacha. Produced by Rula Salameh and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi.
                       Executive Producers Suhad Babaa, along with Abigail E. Disney, Gini Reticker, Deirdre Hegarty,
                      Joan Platt and the Women Donors Network. 76 Min. Arabic, English and Hebrew.
16:00-16:30    Discussion 
 
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Special courses

The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace together with the Department of International Relations will offer each year an expert’s Course (in English, MA level) on gender and conflict resolution.
Details on the left menu. 

Weaving Truth(s): Commissions, Victims and Witnesses from Gender and Participatory Perspectives (58936)

The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace together with the Department of International Relations will offer an expert’s Course (in English, MA level) on working with survivors of sexual and gender violence in various conflicts in the Global South.
Weaving Truth(s): Commissions, Victims and Witnesses from Gender and Participatory Perspectives (58936)
Dr. Araceli (Arancha) Garcia del Soto
2nd term, 1 credit

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 5/12/18

Wednesday, December 5th, 14:00-16:30. 
Room (2)5701 Social Science Building, Mt Scopus Campus.

 
In this event we will look at hope not as a noun, to be possessed or given to another, but as a verb, something to be exercised and practiced. 
14:00-14:30    Gathering 
14:30-14:45    Welcoming and Opening Remarks  
                        Dr. Tal Nitsan, Sophie Davis Forum on Gender and Conflict Resolution, 
                        The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
                        Prof. Tamir Shefer, Dean, Social Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
14:45-15:35    Panel
                       Chair: Dr. Inbal Wilamowski, Lafer Center for Women and Gender Studies, 
                       The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 
Speakers:       Adv. Michal Gera Margaliot, managing director of Israel Women's Network 
                       Ms. Maisam Jaljuli, chairperson of Na’amat in the southern triangle region
15:35-16:30    Discussion 
 
Seating is limited, please RSVP at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hope-gender-and-conflict-resolution-tickets... by December 2nd. 
For more information visit: http://en.davis.huji.ac.il/book/gender-forum 
For inquiries, contact Dr. Tal Nitsán at: tal.nitsan1@mail.huji.ac.il 
 
 
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Second Learning Community meeting: Gender, Conflict, and Performance as a Practice of Cultural Resistance 9/1/19

Can performance express and even embody cultural resistance? How do social locations of gender, nationality, class, age, urban/rural context, dis/ability impact artists’ work? In which conditions the seemingly passive act of listening becomes an engaging, active act, which allows us to bear witness to stories and voices excluded by the artistic and cultural establishment?
 
The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution, and Peace, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Theater Department at the University of Haifa are collaborating in two events focusing on the ways in which performance allows diverse social groups to resist structure of power. The event at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute will focus on the work of Independent Female Palestinian artists. The event at the University of Haifa will be devoted to the silenced birth stories of immigrant-mothers whose children were kidnapped in Israel during the 1950s.
 
The First Event will take place on Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Further details regarding the second event, to take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at The University of Haifa will be circulated closer to date.
 
16:30-17:00 Gathering
17:00-17:20 Opening remarks:
Ronna Brayer-Garb, The Van Leer institute of Jerusalem
Dr. Tal Nitsan, the Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution, and Peace, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
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Chair: Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich, the Theater Department, the University of Haifa.
Participants: Manar Zuabi, Samira Saraya, Khulood Basel
18:20-18:40 Discussant
Prof. Nadira Shalhoub-Kevorkian, the Faculty of Law and the School of Social Work and Public Welfare, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
18:40-19:30 Discussion 
 
Please note: The event will take place in Hebrew 
 
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Third Learning Community meeting: Borders, Walls, and other Possibilities - Theorizing Gender in Conflicted Spaces 18-20/2/19

The reality in which we exist, nurture and maintain relationships, as well as create and disseminate knowledge, is shaped, marked and defined by layers of ongoing and intersecting conflicts. Consequently, much of our everyday life is exercised and navigated through un/seen borders and boundaries. While these are often seen as barriers, we would like to suggest addressing them as opportunities to enhance human wellbeing, relationships and knowledge.
 
The first day, Borders, Gender and other Possibilities, will focus on social and geopolitical borders and how they are simultaneously shaped by, and constitute gender aspects of the social world. The second day, Walls, Gender and other Possibilities, will trace the ways in which various borders discussed in the first day operate within the university setting. We will both outline un/seen walls and suggest ways to turn them into opportunities for collaboration and transformation. The third day, Look Borders and Walls in the I, will focus on the ethnography of borders (and walls) and will include a tour to some of Jerusalem more and less known walls and a methodological discussion about urban ethnography.
 
Overall, the meeting is meant to explore several themes:
  1. A gendered view of un/seen, symbolic, physical, social, geopolitical borders, and the ways in which they intersect, and impact the lived reality of diverse populations. 
  2. A constant moving between an in-depth look at a particular case study (Israel/Palestine) and a comparative lens.
  3. Exploring the academic world as a “private” case study, within the general “public” social order. 
  4. Looking at a continuum on which un/seen borders function as maintaining, reproducing and challenging sociopolitical borders.
Please note:
This event will take place in English and will be video recorded
Participation is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP at:
(You can RSVP for one/two/three days)
For further questions contact: Dr. Tal Nitsan, tal.nitsan1@mail.huji.ac.il
 
 
 
 
 
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Fourth Learning Community meeting:Gift Economy, Gender, and Conflict Resolution 13/3/19

The fourth meeting of the Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace will focus on 
Gift Economy, Gender, and Conflict Resolution
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 14:00-16:00 in 
Room (2)7501 Social Science Building, Mt Scopus Campus, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 
In this session, we invite you to think and suggest how-and whether gift giving can challenge the practices of creating and establishing a hierarchy. What conditions (historical, social) encourage different patterns of gift giving? How can gift giving both prevent conflict and help resolve existing conflicts?
The meeting will be led by Dr. Erella Shadmi, Independent Feminist Scholar-Activist and former head of the Women's and Gender Studies Program at Beit Berl Academic College.
To encourage an in-depth and engaging discussion, please read the following two short articles (Hebrew): The first, by Genevieve Vaughan, discussing the ways in which gift economy generates the world (see here), and the second, about the role of gift economy in founding a peaceful society, by Dr. Erella Shadmi (see here).
Please note: This event will take place in Hebrew and will be video recorded.
Seating is limited, please RSVP in the following link by March 11: https://gifteconomygenderandconflictresolution.eventbrite.com 
For inquiries, contact Dr. Tal Nitsán at: tal.nitsan1@mail.huji.ac.il
 
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Fifth Learning Community meeting: Gender, conflict and performance as a practice of cultural resistance 16/4/19

The play "Maternity" is the expression and performance of political opposition that challenges, in public, social structures, and brings to the light (literally and metaphorically) silenced voices and invites all of us to be witnesses to this action.
The play, followed by a panel of experts, will take place on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the Hecht Museum of the Arts at the University of Haifa.
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Sixth Learning Community meeting: The Human Library 19/6/19

The Human Library is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. It is a place where real people are on loan to readers. A place where difficult questions are expected, appreciated and answered.

The event will take place on Wed, June 19 2019, 2:00-5:00pm at the Mt Scopus campus.  
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First Learning Community meeting: Hope, Gender, and Conflict Resolution 19/12/16

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 16/1/17

 

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 15/3/17

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 19/4/17

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 8/5/17

 

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. 

Current Post- Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Tal Nitsán (2016-2018)

Tal Nitsan
 
Dr. Tal Nitsán 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). 
 

Noa Levy (2019-2020)

Noa Levy
 
Noa Levy is a Sophie Davis Post-Doctoral Fellow on Gender, Conflict Resolution and Peace at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations. Her PhD thesis on unaccompanied child and youth migration focused on regional mobility from Zimbabwe to the South African borderland, and investigated conceptualizations of childhood, youth and migration. She is currently working on emerging femininities and masculinities among unaccompanied migrating youth. Noa is teaching at the Department of Multidisciplinary Studies at Tel Hai Academic College.
 

Former Post- Doctoral Fellows

Dr. Merav Amir (2012-13)

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Dr. Merav Amir is a cultural and political geographer with particular interest in critical perspectives on security, processes of border making, geographies of embodiment, critical cultural analysis and feminist and queer theory. Dr. Amir is a lecturer at the School of Natural and Built Environment and serve as a Senior Research Fellow, The Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice, Queen's University, Belfast. Her research examined the use of border making technologies in the Israeli control over the occupied Palestinian territory. In addition, she also research political activism and the securitization of public spaces. Prior research projects included analysis of modes of embodiment and the political and social implications of the new reproductive technologies.

 

Dr. Tamir Magal (2013-14)

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Tamir Magal holds PhD in Political Science form Haifa University. His dissertation examined how changes in political context and differences in organizational characteristics affected the capacity of Israeli peace organizations to mobilize different types of resources. His wider research interests include intractable conflicts, peacemaking and conflict resolution processes, and the role of civil society organizations in such processes.
During the 2013-14 post doctoral period at the Davis Institute, His research examined the relationship between gender identity and the promotion of specific visions by peace organizations. The study compared between disparate gender-specific organizations (women and ex-combatants), in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Exploring the type of "vision of peace" they espoused, the types of strategies they utilized in promoting this vision, and the type of mobilization they employed.
 

Dr. Sarai Aharoni (2013-15)

שרי אהרוני

Dr. Sarai Aharoni is a lecturer in Gender studies at Ben-Gurion University. She received her Ph.D. in Gender Studies from Bar-Ilan University, writing her dissertation on gender perspectives and the participation of Israeli women in formal Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. She has published articles on gender, peace and conflict in Israel and co-edited the book Where Are All the Women? U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325: Gender Perspectives of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict(2004). Dr. Aharoni is one of the founding members of the IWC (International Women’s Commission) and has been active in promoting women’s rights in Israel as a member of Isha l’Isha-Haifa Feminist Center.

 

Dr. Timea Spitka (2014-16)

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Dr. Timea Spitka received her PhD from Ben Gurion University with a focus on intervention in violent conflicts and her MA from University of Toronto in Russian and East European Studies. Her research has focused on conflict resolution, international mediation, group identity, gender and intervention in violent conflicts. Her book, International Intervention, Identity and Conflict Transformation: Bridges and Walls between Groups will be published by Routledge in 2015. Dr. Spitka has taught classes in International Mediation, Conflict Resolution and American Foreign Policy. She has also worked for several international organizations including for the United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as a Gender Advisor for Oxfam and a journalist. As the Sophie Davis Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Spitka is the coordinator of the Forum on Gender, International Conflict Resolution and Peace.

 

Dr. Einat Gedalya-Lavy (2015-17)

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Einat Gedalya-Lavy is a past 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.
 

Dr. Rawia Aburabia (2017-18)

ראויה אבורביעה

Attorney Rawia Aburabia completed her PhD dissertation "Personal Status Laws of Palestinian Bedouin Women: Colonized by the Law"  at the faculty of law at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a research fellow at joint interdisciplinary  doctoral program "Human Rights under Pressure – Ethics, Law, and Politics” Freie Universität Berlin and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Her PhD project dealt with the regulation of the criminal prohibition of polygamy among the Bedouin by the Israeli legal system, with special focus on the lack of enforcement policy as a colonial legacy and its effects on the legal status of Bedouin women. Rawia holds BA degrees in law and social work, and an LL.M. from Washington College of Law at American University as the New Israel Fund fellow for Civil Liberties Lawyers.
Attorney Aburabia was part of the Arab Minority legal Department in the Association for Civil Rights in Israel. She specialized in Human Rights violations of the Arab Bedouin minority, and litigated cases before the Israeli Supreme Court.  Ms. Aburabia has been at the forefront of several civil rights initiatives, concerning the unrecognized Bedouin villages and Bedouin women’s rights in Israel.
Rawia received several awards for her academic and feminist work such as the  Ariane de Rothschild Women Doctoral Program Fellowship for excellent doctoral students,  NA'AMAT award for the advancement of gender equality and gender studies. In 2006 she received the Abraham Fund  Initiatives Social Activist Award for promoting  Coexistence in Israel. In 2011 was Selected by 972 + Person of the Year: Woman Activists of the Arab World. And in 2014 was Selected by Haaretz 66 list of Women you should know.