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.
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.
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.