Prof. Efrat Ben Ze'ev
Efrat Ben-Ze'ev completed her doctorate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford, writing about the memories of Palestinian 1948 refugees from Mount Carmel. Her research later expanded to include a diversity of perspectives on the 1948 War, such as those of the British police and those of the cartographers of the British mandate, as well as that of Jewish (Palmach) war veterans. Her book Remembering Palestine in 1948: Beyond National Narratives (Cambridge University Press 2011) continues this multifaceted approach and is based on the above research. In addition, an offshoot of her 1948 study of memory explored the concept of social silence and self-censorship. Ben-Ze'ev also co-edited the volume Shadows of War: A Social History of Silence in the Twentieth Century with Ruth Ginio and Jay Winter (Cambridge University Press, 2010).
A parallel area of interest of Ben-Ze'ev's is the intersection between the fields of geography and anthropology. Her research in this area looks at the confabulation, occlusion, and invisibility in the spatial perception of those involved in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, focusing in particular on mental maps. Her current research, funded by the German Research Foundation, explores the significance of the Egyptian-Israeli border for those who live in its proximity, with an emphasis on the narratives of asylum seekers who crossed this border. The study is being conducted with Nir Gazit (of the Ruppin Academic Center) in collaboration with a team of researchers led by Gabriele Rosenthal of the University of Göttingen.
Ben-Ze'ev is associate professor at the Department of Behavioral Sciences, The Ruppin Academic Center, Emek Hefer, and is a fellow of the Middle East Unit at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace.