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Professor Orna Sasson-Levy - Gendered Citizenship: Women's Testimonies Against Militarized Violence in Israel

19th November @ 13:00 - 14:00

Woolf Institute


November 19 2018, 13:00 – 14:00

Guest lecture: Prof. Orna Sasson-Levy, Bar Ilan University

“Gendered Citizenship: Women's Testimonies Against Militarized Violence in Israel”

In Israel, women’s military service has a dual meaning. On the one hand, it includes young women in the institution of citizenship and enhances their feelings of belonging to the national collective. On the other, women’s encounter with the state at such a formative age becomes an initiation process into gendered citizenship, where the women learn their (marginal) place vis-à-vis the state.

In this lecture, Prof. Orna Sasson-Levy will analyze women soldiers’ testimonies collected by the anti-occupation movement Breaking the Silence. The lecture will open with introducing three analytical concepts that help us better understand women’s encounters with the state: multi-level contracts, contrasting gendered experiences and dis/acknowledging violence. The second part will employ these concepts to analyze the soldiers’ testimonies, and explore what they teach us about the link between women’s military service, their political voice, and gendered citizenship.

Professor Orna Sasson-Levy serves as the head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, as well as an associate professor at the Program of Gender Studies at Bar-Ilan University. Her main research focuses on the field of gender and militarism. Her most recent book Women Soldiers and Citizenship in Israel: Gendered Encounters with the State, (together with Edna Lomsky-Feder) was published with Routledge in 2018.

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