Prof. Efrat Ben Zeev
Efrat Ben-Ze'ev completed her doctorate at the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the University of Oxford, writing about the memories of Palestinian 1948 refugees from Mount Carmel. Her research later expanded into other perspectives on 1948, including that of British policemen and state cartographers, as well as Jewish Palmach veterans. Her book Remembering Palestine in 1948: Beyond National Narratives (Cambridge University Press 2011), summarizes the above research. In Parallel, she explored issues of social silence and self-censorship, and co-edited Shadows of War: A social history of silence in the 20th century (with Ruth Ginio and Jay Winter), Cambridge University Press 2010.
In addition to her studies on social memory, Ben-Ze'ev has looked into spatial perceptions and mental maps in the context of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict. Her main current study focuses on the Egyptian-Israeli Border. It is conducted with Nir Gazit, in collaboration with Gabriele Rosenthal of the University of Goettingen, and funded by the German Research Foundation. While the border itself, and the negotiations over its meanings between different populations, is one aspect of this study, the life stories and journeys of Eritrean asylum seekers is another.
Ben-Ze'ev is associate professor at the Department of Behavioral Sciences, the Ruppin Academic Center, and has been a fellow of the Middle East Unit at the Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace since her doctoral days.