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MemberBar Leshem

…Ben-Gurion University Of The Negev…
…BA 2012-2015      Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of the Arts and Department of Multidisciplinary Studies: Hebrew Literature and Studies of Europe, summa cum laude.  
MA 2015-2018     Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Department of General History, the Inter-University Classical Studies Program.
Thesis advisors: Prof. Yulia Ustinova and Prof. Nirit Ben-Arieh Debby.
Thesis subject: The Myth of Niobe in Literature and Art, from Antiquity to the Early Modern Period. Grade: 97.
PhD since 2018    Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Department of the Arts.
Dissertation advisor: Prof. Nirit Ben-Arieh Debby
Dissertation subject: Didactic Imagery on Sixteenth-Century Italian Cassoni…

I’m a PhD candidate from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Department of the Arts. I study didactic imagery on sixteenth-century Italian cassoni, under the supervision of Prof. Nirit Ben-Aryeh Debby.

MemberIris Agmon

I completed my Ph.D. at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1995 and won a post-doc fellowship at the (then) newly-established department of Middle East Studies, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. In 1997 I joined the department as a faculty member. My fields of research and teaching include socio-legal history of the Ottoman Empire and the passage of the Ottoman legal system to the colonial era, with a special interest in the Ottoman Sharia court system and legal reforms during the long 19th century; social history of late and post-Ottoman Palestine; family history; microhistory; historiography; historical thinking. In my book, Family and Court: Legal Culture and Modernity in Late Ottoman Palestine (Syracuse University Press, 2006) I focus on the sharia courts of late-Ottoman Jaffa and Haifa. Employing a comparative socio-legal analysis of the records produced in the two courts, I discuss their legal culture. In the book, I offer observations on the impact of the growth and social transformation underwent by the port cities of Jaffa and Haifa on the socio-legal construction of the family. In my current research project I explore the Ottoman Family Code (1917). This important law is misrepresented in the historiography on both late and post-Ottoman Middle East. Another aspect of my research is the daily work of the Ottoman and post-Ottoman sharia courts in Palestine during the First World War and the early colonial period.

MemberYael Balaban

My research interests are: sensory representations in literature; musical ekphrasis; Literary theory; Cognitive poetics; Modern Hebrew literature; aesthetics.
My PhD thesis was about sensory representations and their significance in the prose of Hebrew writer Shulamith Hareven. Recently I co-authored an article on representations of music in fiction with musicologist Prof. Naphtali Wagner of the Hebrew University.