Dr. Samuel Barnai is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of European Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
He is a post-doctoral research fellow both in the ERC project “Apartheid—The Global Itinerary” and in a project funded by the GIF (German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development).He specializes in large-scale studies of historical, socio-demographic, and cultural developments among East European Jewry and has published widely on this topic. Dr. Barnai is applying his expertise in Soviet and East European studies to charting the presence of anti-apartheid exiles there alongside the diffusion of anti-apartheid expressive culture.
Tiferet Bassel was born to American immigrants to Israel. She was raised in Jerusalem and currently resides in the city of Jaffa. She is a graduate student in the program of Cultural Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In 2013, Tiferet Bassel earned a BA in Eastern Asian and Interdisciplinary studies from Tel Aviv University. Her research interests pivot on conflicting narratives of world history, particularly with regard to forms of colonialism, as well as the profound repercussions of these narratives at the levels of consciousness and material influence. As an MA researcher on the team of APARTHEID-STOPS, she is engaged with the circulation of texts of expressive culture between apartheid South Africa and India.
Noa Ben-Sadia is a graduate student of Ethnomusicology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a music teacher and a musician (singer-songwriter).
Her research in recent years has focused on African-American music from historiographic, cultural and musicological perspectives with a focus on voice and gender. She is currently writing her thesis under the supervision of Professor Ruth Hacohen and Dr. Louise Bethlehem on the solo and choral performance of Negro spirituals in socialist Israel of the 1950's, in the wake of the vocal aesthetics and political ideas of the African-American singer, actor and activist, Paul Robeson. These interests form the basis of her contribution to APARTHEID-STOPS.
Noa Erez, born and raised in Jerusalem, is currently an MA student and teaching assistant in the Department of English at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she also serves as an associate editor for the literary journal Partial Answers.
Her research in the framework of APARTHEID_STOPS focusses on the writings of Peter Abrahams, with particular attention to the construction of masculinity within his novels and autobiographies. Other fields of interest include critical theory, gender studies and contemporary American literature.
Dr. Cynthia Gabbay holds a PhD (2012) in Romanic and Latin American Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Her book Los ríos metafísicos de Julio Cortázar: de la lírica al diálogo was published in 2015. A manuscript onStreetArt in Buenos Aires: Symbols of a Revolution, resulting from a fellowship from The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem is in preparation. Currently, she is an Associate Researcher of APARTHEID-STOPS where she is examining the circulation of Anti-Apartheid discourses in revolutionary Cuba. Additionally, she is a member of the "Daat HaMakom" program and a researcher of converso Latino-American colonial literature at the Elyachar Center at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev." src="/profiles/openscholar/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">
Ron Levi is a PhD candidate in the Program in Cultural Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem where he is writing his dissertation under the supervision of Professor Edwin Seroussi.
He holds an MA degree in Sociology and Political Science from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His dissertation discusses the politics of contemporary Israeli Indie music in relation to network society. His research interests focus on music and contemporary culture through the construction of sounds and their interrelations with musical diplomacy and cultural mediation, a field of expertise which he brings to bear on his work as a doctoral researcher in APARTHEID-STOPS.
Dr. Ayala Levin, a postdoctoral researcher in APARTHEID-STOPS, is an architectural historian specializing in twentieth century architecture and urbanism.
She was awarded a PhD from Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, for a dissertation critically examining Israeli development aid in the fields of architecture and construction in Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Ethiopia from 1958 to 1973. Her current research explores how the apartheid experience informed the work of prominent South African architects who established themselves in key professional and academic positions in the US, Israel, and England. Levin has received various grants and fellowships, including Fulbright, the Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship, and the Graduate Research Fellowship of the Institute for Religion, Culture and Public Life at Columbia University. Before joining the project, Levin taught at Columbia University and Pratt Institute in New York, and co-chaired a group project for the Global Architectural History Teaching Collaborative.
Anton Povzner was born in a rural area of Krivoy Rog, Ukraine and immigrated to Israel at the age of 10. He holds a BA in English Literature jointly with Amirim – the Humanities-based interdisciplinary honors program.
He graduated with distinction in 2013 and is currently finishing his MA in English Literature investigating notions of self in early American novels. As an MA fellow in APARTHEID-STOPS he worked on the Soviet region, tracking the circulation of South African expressive culture and engaging with the legacies of Russian Formalism at the level of methodology. In particular, Anton Povzner traced the Soviet adaptations of Peter Abrahams’s The Path of Thunder, particularly in ballet form.
Maya Roudner is the Administrative Director and Research Budget Coordinator of APARTHEID-STOPS.
She holds a BA in Theater and Geography (1997-1999) and an MA in Urban Planning (2001-2003) both from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She also holds a teaching certificate from the Israeli Ministry of Education in early childhood education. Maya Roudner comes to the project with an extensive background in NGOs and civil society initiatives in Israel. She is also the Administers Director and Research Budget Coordinator of the Center for Moral and Political Philosophy.
Nitzan Tal was born in Israel, holds a BA in Comparative Literature jointly with Amirim – the Humanities-based interdisciplinary honors program.
She graduated with distinction in 2013 and is currently finishing her MA in Comparative Literature, studying empathy as a mode of writing and reading violence. As an MA fellow in APARTHEID-STOPS she worked on the reception of Alan Paton's Cry, the Beloved Country, in the American academy between 1947-1960 and in Israel between 1951-1954, paying special attention to the ways in which the novel animated notions of liberalism, religion and ethnicity in these two contexts.