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Tel Aviv at 100 Myth, Memory and Actuality

 Tel Aviv at 100

Tel Aviv at 100
The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies

March 22-23, 2009
Tel Aviv at 100
Myth, Memory and Actuality
An International Symposium

Sherman Hall
in the Hassenfeld Conference Center

Sunday, March 22, 1:30 pm
Tel Aviv’s Cultural Legacy:
Art, Architecture and
Documentary Film
Featuring Modi Bar On and Anat Zeltser

Monday, March 23, 9:00 am
Early and Contemporary
Tel Aviv and Jaffa: New Scholarly

This symposium is free and open to the public.

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Program Details

Sunday, March 22, 2009

1:30 p.m.
Jehuda Reinharz, president, Brandeis University
Nadav Tamir, Consul General of Israel to New England

Ilan Troen, Brandeis University
Tel Aviv: Utopia and Actuality

Session I
Imagining and Shaping Tel Aviv

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.
Chair: Ilan Troen, Brandeis University

Barbara Mann, Jewish Theological Seminary
Tel Aviv between Space and Place

Ya’acov Shavit, Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv: Telling the Story of a Hebrew City

Session II
Art and Architecture of Tel Aviv

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Chair: Gannit Ankori, Brandeis University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem
On Israeli Art and Architecture

Alona Nitzan-Shiftan, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology
Architecture from the Sand: Zoom In/Zoom Out

Dalia Manor, Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Art and the City: The Case of Tel Aviv

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Session III
World Premiere of Documentary Film Tel Aviv

6:30 -9:00 p.m.
Chair: Sharon Rivo, National Center for Jewish Film and Brandeis University

Modi Bar-On and Anat Zeltser, documentary filmmakers

Monday, March 23, 2009

9:00 a.m.
Ilan Troen, Brandeis University

Session IV
Borders and Boundaries: Early Tel Aviv and Jaffa

9:00-10:45 a.m.
Chair: Mark Auslander, Brandeis University

Hizky Shoham, Yale University and Bar Ilan University
Tel Aviv’s Invented Anniversaries

Deborah Bernstein, Haifa University
The Tel Aviv/Jaffa Border Zone

Nahum Karlinsky, University of Pennsylvania and
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Underground Relations: Mandatory Jaffa and Tel Aviv’s Municipal Services

Session V
Deprivation and Decay in the Fair City

11:00 – 12:30 p.m.
Chair: Eugene Sheppard, Brandeis University

Orit Rozin, Tel Aviv University
Austerity Tel Aviv: Everyday Life 1948-1958

Anat Helman, University of Virginia and Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A Blot on the Fair Name of Tel Aviv: Dirt, Noise and Misbehavior in the First Hebrew City

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Session VI
Tel Aviv Scene: Then and Now

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Chair: Ilana Szobel, Brandeis University

Zohar Shavit, Tel Aviv University
Tel Aviv Hebrew Language Police

Tammy Razi, Sapir College
Subversive Youth Cultures in Mandatory Tel Aviv

Rachel Harris, SUNY Albany
Manifestos for a New Poetics: The Contemporary Hebrew Literature Scene


Summary and Concluding Discussion
3:45-5:00 p.m.
Chair: Jonathan Sarna, Brandeis University

Maoz Azaryahu, Haifa University
Tel Aviv: The Aspiring Metropolis


About The Speakers

Mark Auslander is director of the interdisciplinary Master's program in Cultural Production and an assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. He is a sociocultural anthropologist with strong interests in political and symbolic processes. His principal ethnographic research has been in Eastern Zambian Ngoni communities and among African American families in rural Georgia (USA). He received undergraduate and graduate training in Anthropology at the University of Chicago . His academic writings explore a wide range of topics, including south-central African witchfinding movements, popular contests over South African nature reserves, Zulu iconography in global contexts, the social meanings of lynching photography, popular narratives of slavery in the rural American South, African American family reunions. He has consulted at the Smithsonian on the "African Voices" exhibition project and worked on "Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America " (at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta ). With his students and community members he has collaboratively curated exhibitions of African and African American art, as well as family and cultural history.

Maoz Azaryahu is associate professor of Cultural Geography at the University of Haifa in Israel . His research focuses on the cultural and historical geographies of national myths and public memory in Israel and in Germany , landscapes of popular culture, the politics of street names and the cultural history of places and landscapes. His books include Von Wilhelmplatz zu Thaelmannplatz. Politische Symbole im Oeffentlichen Leben der DDR 1945-1985 , Gerlingen: Bleicher Verlag, 1991; State Cults. Celebrating Independence and Commemorating the Fallen in Israel 1948-1956 . Sede Boker: Ben-Gurion University / The Ben-Gurion Research Center , Sede-Boker, 1995 (Hebrew); and Tel Aviv: Mythography of a City . Space, Place and Society Series , Syracuse University Press, Syracuse , 2006.

Gannit Ankori is visiting professor of Art History at Brandeis University . Ankori is the Henya Sharef Professor of Humanities at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she served as chair of the Department of Art History before coming to Brandeis. She has been a visiting scholar and associate professor at Harvard University and a visiting associate professor at Tufts University School of the Museum of Fine Arts . Ankori curated the acclaimed museum exhibition “Frida Kahlo’s Intimate Family Picture.” Her forthcoming English-language book Frida Kahlo will join her two books and numerous articles on Kahlo. She has taught and lectured about Israeli and Palestinian art for many years and has published extensively on the visual representation of gender-related issues, the construction of identity, exile, trauma, and hybridity. Ankori won a Polonsky Prize for Originality and Creativity in the Humanistic Disciplines for her book Palestinian Art , which was published by Reaktion Books, London , in 2006 and is distributed in the U.S. by the University of Chicago Press .

Modi Bar-On is a n Israeli television presenter and writer whose career began in stand-up comedy and as a writer for the revolutionary Israeli satire show "The Chamber Quintet". Over the past 11 years he has hosted the "Champions League Show" for an Israeli sports channel while also writing and presenting an acclaimed documentary series which took a fresh and intensive look at the Israeli story. With his partner Anat Zeltser he created "It's About People," a television series featuring biographies of Israeli heroes, and "In the State of The Jews," a history of Israeli entertainment and Jewish humor. Recently the two collaborated on the series "Six on Sixty," which focuses on men and women who were born at the same time the Israeli state was founded. Currently they are working on a documentary film about the history of Tel Aviv, the first Hebrew city.

Deborah Bernstein teaches in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Haifa and chaired the Women Studies Program from 1997-2002. She has studied ethnic relations in Israeli society, the position of women in pre-state and post-1948 Israeli society, and Jewish-Arab relations in the mandate period, combining historical and sociological perspectives with a special interest in gender study and analysis. Her many publications include The Struggle for Equality (1987), Constructing Boundaries—Jewish and Arab Workers in Mandatory Palestine (2000), and Women on the Margins, Nationalism and Gender in Mandate Tel Aviv (Hebrew, 2008). She also edited Pioneers and Homemakers (1992).

Rachel S. Harris is assistant professor of Hebrew Literature and Language at the University at Albany . She has worked extensively on the role of suicide in Hebrew literature. Her current research examines the phenomenon of contemporary literary journals in Tel Aviv. Originally trained at the University of Edinburgh in Islamic Studies, Philosophy and English Literature through the MA honors general program, Harris moved to London to pursue a masters degree in Middle Eastern History and Jewish Literature. These diverse fields have come together in her research to inform her inter-disciplinary approach to literature.

Anat Helman is a lecturer in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the Cultural Studies Program at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Helman is the Rosenbloom Visiting Israeli Professor in Israel Studies at the University of Virginia . Her previous research centered on Mandate-era Tel Aviv and she is currently examining everyday culture in 1950s Israel .

Nahum Karlinsky is a faculty member at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel , where he teaches Modern Jewish History and Israel Studies. He is currently a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania . His books include Counter History: The Hasidic Epistles from Eretz-Israel — Text and Context (1998) and California Dreaming: Ideology, Society and Technology in the Citrus Industry of Palestine 1890-1939 (2005). His current research focuses on Jewish Philanthropy between the Two World Wars ; and on The Palestinian-Arab Citrus Industry — Economic, Social and Cultural Considerations, a research project conducted jointly with Dr. Mustafa Kabha from the Open University of Israel.

Barbara Mann is associate professor of Jewish Literature and serves as the Simon H. Fabian Chair in Hebrew Literature at The Jewish Theological Seminary. Her areas of expertise include Israeli and Jewish literature, cultural studies, modern poetry, urban studies, literary modernism, and the fine arts. Mann is currently writing a book about conceptions of space and place in modern Jewish culture. Mann is the author of A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space (Stanford University Press, 2006) and co-editor-in-chief of Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary Histor y. From 1997 to 2004, she was a member of the faculty at Princeton University , where she also served as a faculty fellow in Princeton 's Center for the Study of Religion. She was awarded a Fulbright-Hayes Faculty Research Abroad Fellowship in 1999and recently served as a fellow at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan , Ann Arbor .

Dalia Manor is an art historian and critic with particular interest in contemporary art, Israeli art and culture, and issues of modern art and national identity in the Middle East . Manor has published various articles in academic journals and books, and her book Art in Zion: The Genesis of Modern National Art in Jewish Palestine , was published by Routledge in 2005. In 2008 she was awarded a research grant by the Israel Science Foundation for her study of modern art in Jewish Palestine. She currently teaches at the Bezalel Academy , Jerusalem and at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev , as well as at other academic institutions. Manor has written numerous art reviews in newspapers and journals in Israel and in Britain , and was a founding editor of Studio , Israel 's major art magazine. She has curated several exhibitions, including the large-scale 2007 Drawing Biennale in Jerusalem and Salame/Herzl: Views from Tel Aviv South , a group exhibition dedicated to the periphery of Tel Aviv.

Alona Nitzan-Shiftan is a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture and Town Planning, Technion—Israel Institute of Technology. She studies post-World War II architectural culture, particularly in Israel and the U.S. , and her research focuses on cross-cultural contexts in light of recent thought in the fields of nationalism, Orientalism and post-colonialism. She was recently awarded the position of Mary Davis and the Kress Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art, and was previously a Lady Davis Fellow at the Technion. Her publications have appeared in Architectural History , Theory and Criticism , Harvard Design Magazine , Jama'a , and Thresholds as well as in edited volumes such as The End of Tradition . She is currently working on "Israelizing Jerusalem: the Politics of Architecture and Beauty in a Contested City " and on I.M. Pei's East Building , the subject of an exhibition she co-curated at the National Gallery.

Tammy Razi is a lecturer at Sapir College and also teaches at Bar-Ilan University , Israel . She received her Ph.D. (Summa Cum Laude) from Bar-Ilan University in 2006. Her dissertation focused on neglected children in mandatory Tel Aviv and the creation of the nation’s margins. She is a recipient of the Ephraim Urbach Post-Doctoral Fellowship of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, for 2007. Her publications and research interests focus on the social and urban history of pre-state Israel as well as on gendered and comparative perspectives of modern childhood. Her book, Forsaken Children: the Backyard of Mandate Tel Aviv (Am-Oved Publishing House, Tel Aviv 2009), has been awarded the Tel Aviv Centennial prize for best books on Tel Aviv. Her current research deals with colonial perspectives of cooperation between colonial and local authorities, especially in the context of social control.

Orit Rozin
is a Keshet post-doctoral fellow at the Jewish History department at Tel Aviv University. Rozin completed her doctoral dissertation at Tel Aviv University in 2002. Her book, Duty and Love – Individualism and Collectivism in 1950 Israel, based on this dissertation, was published by Am Oved and Tel Aviv University in 2008. Her research interests and publications focus on the social, legal, and cultural history of Israeli state and society in the 1950s and 1960s, combining studies of gender and comparative perspective with history from above and history from below. Her current research project focuses on the quest for civil rights in 1950s Israel and its impact on Israeli identity. Rozin teaches an array of courses on Israeli history at Tel Aviv University, including immigration, the Israeli home, law, legislation and public debates, and women’s history.

Jehuda Reinharz is the Richard Koret Pofessor of Modern Jewish History and, since 1994, president of Brandeis University . He is the author of some one hundred articles and twenty books on European Jewish history and the history of Zionism and the State of Israel. His most recent publications include A Fearless Visionary in the Land of Israel: The Letters of Manya Shohat, 1906-1960 , coedited with Shulamit Reinharz and Motti Golani (2005); and Israel in the Middle East: Documents and Readings on Society, Politics and Foreign Relations, Pre-1948 to the Present, coedited with Itamar Rabinovich (2007).

Sharon Pucker Rivo is co-founder and Executive Director of the National Center for Jewish Film and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Near Eastern and Judaic Studies Department at Brandeis University, where she teaches an annual course on Jewish film. Educated at Brandeis and with a graduate degree in Political Science from the University of California , Berkeley , she began her career in television as a film producer for WGBH-TV, Boston . She has worked in the field of Jewish film and media for thirty years. Recognized nationally and internationally as an authority, she has been an invited lecturer at hundreds of venues including Bowdoin College , Wellesley College , University of California at Santa Cruz , the Barbican Centre in London , the Jerusalem Film Festival, the University of Wisconsin , the Museum of Modern Art in Rio de Janeiro , New York University, and the University of Stockholm in Sweden . Ms. Rivo has curated a dozen retrospectives of Yiddish cinema, a retrospective of the Polish films of Andrzej Wajda, and co-curated twelve annual Jewish film festivals at the Wasserman Cinematheque. She was awarded the Zvi Cohen Leadership and Legacy Award by The Boston Center for Jewish Heritage at the Vilna Shul in recognition of her contribution, vision and commitment to preserving Jewish Cultural life, September 2007.

Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program. Dubbed by the Forward newspaper in 2004 as one of America ’s fifty most influential American Jews, he was Chief Historian for the 350th commemoration of the American Jewish community, and is recognized as a leading commentator on American Jewish history, religion and life. Sarna has written, edited, or co-edited more than twenty books, including the new A Time to Every Purpose: Letters to a Young Jew . He is best known for the acclaimed American Judaism: A History .

Ya'acov Shavit is the chair of the department of Jewish history at Tel Aviv University . He is the founder and first editor of Cathedra , and editor-in-chief of the ten volumes of The History of Eretz Israel . Shavit’s main research topics include the modern history of Palestine , the history of the Zionist movement, and modern Jewish intellectual history. His most recently published English-language books include Athens in Jerusalem , History in Black, Stagers and Staging, and The Hebrew Bible Reborn. The English version of his book Glorious, Accursed Europe , co-authored with J. Reinharz and originally published in Hebrew, will appear in 2009. Shavit also heads a project on the history of Tel Aviv. Three volumes of this project have been published to date.

Zohar Shavit is a professor at the Unit for Culture Research, vice dean of research and director of a new program in child and young adult culture for the masters degree at the Faculty of Humanities, Tel Aviv University . Having served as a member and becoming engaged with the cultural life of the city, she is now cultural affairs advisor to the Mayor of Tel Aviv-Yafo. Her areas of expertise span the fields of children’s culture, the history of Israeli culture and the history of Hebrew and Jewish cultures. Many of her publications have focused on books for Jewish children in German-speaking countries, and her work A Past without Shadow is a study of the construction of the image of the past in German books for children. Shavit is currently conducting a comprehensive research project on “ The Emergence of Modern Jewish Republic of Letters.”

Eugene R. Sheppard
is associate professor of Modern Jewish History and Thought and associate director of the Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry at Brandeis University . He received his Ph.D. at UCLA in the department of History in 2001.
In Leo Strauss and the Politics of Exile: The Making of a Political Philosopher (Brandeis University Press, 2006), he critically assesses the development of this controversial and enigmatic German-Jewish refugee's political philosophy and its legacy. He is co-editing a volume on Simon Rawidowicz with David N. Myers as well as co-editing a volume of Rawidowicz’s Nachlass (unpublished writings) with David N. Myers and Benjamin Ravid. He and Samuel Moyn ( Columbia University ) are managing editors of a forthcoming series on Brandeis University Press/UPNE entitled Readings in Modern Jewish Thought . He is co-editor of the AJS Review book reviews. He is currently working on a number of 20th century European Jewish intellectuals who engaged problems of modern secularization and the emergence and legitimacy of forms of authority, including figures such as Otto Kirchheimer, Ernst Kantorowicz, Jacob Taubes, and Susan Taubes.

Hizky Shoham is a postdoctoral associate in the Program for Judaic Studies at Yale University . He also teaches in the interdisciplinary program for hermeneutics and cultural studies in Bar-Ilan University , and is a research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies at the Shalom Hartman Institute, Jerusalem . His Hebrew book Mordecai is Riding the Horse: Purim Celebrations in Tel-Aviv (1908-1936) and the Building of a New Nation is soon to be published by Bar-Ilan University Press.

Ilana Szobel is assistant professor of Modern Hebrew Literature on the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Chair at Brandeis University . She received her doctorate in January 2008 from New York University . Her scholarly interests encompass a broad range of issues regarding identity, with a particular sensitivity to cultural, political, and social processes of inclusion and exclusion. In her teaching, she underlines challenges posed by feminism, war and peace, the Holocaust, family structure, economic and cultural dislocation as compelling entry points for students to engage Israeli society and culture. She reaches into personal and collective traumatic experiences, which have left an indelible mark on Israeli culture as a way to open up and recast Israel ’s conflicted history. She adroitly draws upon an impressive variety of conceptual paradigms: psychoanalytic and feminist theories of trauma, witness theory, semiotics, and memory studies.

Nadav Tamir serves as Consul General at the Consulate General of Israel to New England . Consul General Tamir joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1993. The following year, he began to serve as the Policy Assistant to the Foreign Minister, for whom he developed recommendations and policy programs and followed up with the execution of ministerial directives and initiatives. Consul General Tamir had the privilege to serve under Foreign Ministers Shimon Peres, Ehud Barak, and David Levy. He was then promoted to the position of Political Officer at the Embassy in Washington , D.C. in 1997, where he worked closely with the State Department and the National Security Council. In 2001, he was granted the position of Advisor to the Director General at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Jerusalem , where he specialized in Israeli-U.S. relations and the promotion and development of institutional reform. In 2004, as a Wexner Israel Fellow, Consul General Tamir earned his Master’s in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University .

Ilan Troen is the director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies and is the Stoll Family Professor in Israel Studies. Before joining Brandeis, he served as director of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute and Archives in Sede Boker , Israel , and dean of the faculty of humanities and social sciences at Ben-Gurion University . He has authored or edited 11 books in American, Jewish and Israeli history. He is also the founding editor of Israel Studies (Indiana University Press), an international journal that publishes three issues annually on behalf of Brandeis and Ben-Gurion University . His most recent book publications include Jewish Centers and Peripheries: European Jewry Between America and Israel 50 Years after World War II (1998); The Americanization of Israel (2001) , with Glenda Abramson; Divergent Jewish Cultures: Israel and America (2001), with Deborah Dash-Moore; Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement (2003) ; and, with Jacob Lassner, Jews and Muslims in the Arab World; Haunted by Pasts Real and Imagined (2007) .

Anat Zeltser is a documentary filmmaker, producer and director. She is the creator and chief editor of Bimdinat Ha-Yehudim ( In the Land of the Jews ), an eleven-part series on the history of Israeli humor, which aired in 2004 on Israeli Public Television. Her other work includes Hakol Anashim ( All About People ), an in-depth series which focuses on the people who have shaped Israeli history.

The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies is dedicated to promoting exemplary teaching and scholarship in Israeli history, politics, culture, and society at Brandeis University and beyond. The Center is committed to advancing knowledge and understanding of the modern State of Israel by training a new generation of scholars and teachers, building a vibrant academic community, and supporting research, publications, and conferences. It seeks to make Brandeis a hub for nurturing and catalyzing Israel Studies.