Postdoctoral Researchers

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Samuel Barnai

Postdoctoral Researcher
sbarnai@gmail.com

Dr. Samuel Barnai is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of European Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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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.

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Dr. Karin Berkman

nberkman@gmail.com

Karin Berkman was born in South Africa and immigrated to Israel in 1986. She completed her Masters degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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She has recently completed a doctoral dissertation on the poetics of memory in the poetry of Seamus Heaney in the English department at the Hebrew University and will take up a position as a post- doctoral researcher in the Apartheid Stops project. She will be researching the notion of exile in the poetry of five South African poets; Dennis Brutus, Keroapetse Kgotsitsile, Mazisi Kunene, Mongane Serote, Arthur Nortje and Breyten Breytenbach.

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Rotem Giladi

Postdoctoral Researcher
rgiladi@umich.edu

Dr. Rotem Giladi held a postdoctoral position in APARTHEID-STOPS in 2014-2015. He currently holds the position of Lecturer in International Law and researcher at the Erik Castrén Institute of International Law and Human Rights, University of Helsinki. 

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His research focuses on the history of international law, with a particular focus on the history, culture and ideology of the laws of war (international humanitarian law), human rights, international courts and other institutions. In addition, he is working on the political and ideological aspects of Jewish engagement with international law in the 19th and 20th Centuries, as well as on a critical historical appraisal of race in international law in the era of decolonization. 

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Ayala Levin

Postdoctoral Researcher
al2589@columbia.edu

Dr. Ayala Levin, a postdoctoral researcher in APARTHEID-STOPS, is an architectural historian specializing in twentieth century architecture and urbanism.

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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.

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Dr. Tal Sela

Postdoctoral Researcher
selatal20@gmail.com

Tal Sela is a specialist in African francophone literature. He obtained his doctorate from the University of Strasbourg in co-direction with the University of Tel Aviv.

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His thesis focused on “The African Francophone Novel at the Era of Independences (1950-1960). The Construction of a New Ethos of Author” (thesis defended on September 2017). Since October 2017, Tal Sela is a member of the group “Apartheid – The Global Itinerary: South African Cultural Formations in Transnational Circulation, 1948-1990” at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he conducts a post-doctoral research.  

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Sarika Talve-Goodman

Postdoctoral Researcher
Sarika Talve-Goodman received a Ph.D. in Literature in 2016 from the University of California, San Diego, specializing in cultural studies. She holds an M.S.
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Tal Zalmanovich

Postdoctoral Researcher
tzalmanovich@gmail.com

Dr. Tal Zalmanovich, a postdoctoral researcher in APARTHEID-STOPS, is a historian of Modern Britain with expertise in media and technology in the post-1945 era.

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She was awarded a PhD from Rutgers University in 2013. Her current research in the framework of the project examines how the lives and activism of exiled South African political dissidents as well as of British anti-apartheid activists circulated within British culture and impacted on race relations in Britain in the second half of the 20th century. A second project looks into the rhetorical and political function of narratives of interracial love published during the apartheid and post-apartheid era. Prior to her academic career she was a journalist and is now a podcast host at the New Books Network.  

 

 

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