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  • Dr. Ruth Preser
  • Lecturer
  • Multidisciplinary Studies
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  • I'm a faculty member at Tel-Hai College and a scholar in the field of gender studies, combining cultural and queer theory and empirically informed inquiry. I study forms of citizenship, the public sphere and politics of belonging in the context of kinship, migration, diasporic cultures and urban environments. I am a co-founder of the Haifa Feminist Institute - Archive, Library and Research Centre, and a member of the Lexicon for Political Theory research group at the Minerva Humanities Centre in Tel-Aviv University. My current research explores women without legal status in Israel.

  • PhD - Bar-Ilan University, Gender Studies Program
    MA - Bar-Ilan University, Gender Studies Program
    BA - University of Haifa, History

  • Gender, intimacy and sexuality; body, identity and belonging: the production of categories of health and pathology; culture and psyche – seminar; exclusion, belonging and public formations; the politics of emotions; introduction to queer theory; object biography - introduction to posthumanism; gender and migration.

  • 2013-2014 - Postdoctoral fellowship, ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry, Berlin (€16,500)

    2012-2013 - Postdoctoral award, Bar-Ilan University (US$ 40,000 taken at Humboldt Universität, Berlin)

    2012-2013 - Postdoctoral fellowship, Open University (NIS 70,000 declined)

    2007-2011 - Doctoral excellence fellowship, Bar-Ilan University (NIS 160,000) 

    2011 - Distinguished PhD Research Award, The Fanya Gottesfeld Heller Center for the Study of Women in Judaism at Bar-Ilan University (NIS 3,000)

    2009 - Rector's Excellence Award, Bar-Ilan University (NIS 2,500)

    2002; 2003; 2004 - MA Excellence Awards, Bar-Ilan University's (total of US$ 5,800)

  • Refereed Journals:

    (2021) What Therefore Discourse Has Joined Together: Kinship, Performativity and Everyday Use of Public Space. Social and Cultural Geography, 22 (1): 58-75. [IF 3.606 Q1]

    (2020) Intimate Violence. Mafte’akh – Lexical Review of Political Thought, 15: 155-162 [Hebrew].

    - A short version appeared in: (2021) Israeli Sociology, 21 (2): 245-246 [Hebrew]

    (2018) How to Be Feminist in Public. Feministiqa, 1 (1): 98-103.

    (2018) The Lesbian Complaint: On Kinship, Genre, and Being Public. European Journal of Cultural Studies, 21 (2): 259-274. [IF 1.520 Q1]

    (2017) Lost and Found in Berlin: Identity, Ontology and the Emergence of Queer Zion. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 24 (3) 413-425. [IF 2.032 Q1]

    (2016) With Ronit Kark & Tanya Zion-Waldoks, From Politics of Dilemmas to Politics of Paradoxes: Feminism, Pedagogy and Women’s Leadership for Social Change. Journal of Management Education, 40 (3): 293-320. [IF 0.612 Q2]

    (2016) A Methodology of Damage. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 19 (1): 17-30. [IF 3.062 Q1]

    (2014) Things I Learned from the Book of Ruth. Essay. Theory and Criticism, 43: 313-319 [Hebrew]

    (2011) Coherent Deviants: Transformation and Transition in Life-Stories of Once-Married Women Who Chose to Live as Lesbians. Women’s Studies International Forum, 34 (2): 140-150. [IF 1.497 Q1]

    Conference Proceedings:

    (2016) With Amy Y. Ou , Neha Tripathi , Robert E Quinn , Ronit Kark , Josh W. Keller , Peter Ping Li , Bo Shao , Neha Tripathi , Nan Wang , Xiuxi Zhao and Tanya Zion-Waldoks, Dynamics of Paradoxical Leadership: Theoretical Frameworks & Empirical Evidences of Balancing. Academy of Management Proceedings, ISSN: 0065-0668

    Refereed Book Chapters:

    (2022) On Being Public: Feminism, Sexual Harassment and the Question of Palestine. In: Cristina Alcalde & Paula-Irene Villa (eds.), #MeToo and beyond. Perspectives on a Global Movement. University of Kentucky Press

    (2017) Things I Learned from the Book of Ruth: Diasporic Reading of Queer Conversions. In: Manuele Gragnolati and Christoph F.E. Holzhey (eds.), De/Constituting Wholes: Towards Partiality Without Parts.  'Cultural lnquiry' (Series), Vienna: Turia + Kant, 47-65.

    (2017) With Ronit Kark & Tanya Zion-Waldoks, Ironic Paradoxes: Feminist Pedagogy between Theory and Practice. In: Daphna Golan, Yona Rosenfeld and Zvika Orr (eds.) Bridges of Knowledge: Campus-Community Partnerships in Israel. Tel-Aviv: Mofet, 218-249 [Hebrew].

    (2011) Relationships with Women/Lesbians. In: Tal Tamir (ed.), Women and Their Bodies: Our Bodies, Health, and Sexuality. Ben Shemen: Modan, 249-280 [Hebrew].

    Review Essays [Invited]:

    (2018) An Other Sex. Israeli Sociology, 19(2): 228-230 [Hebrew].

    (2017) Un-learning to See Palestine. New Formations: A Journal of Culture/Theory/Politics, 89-90: 243-246.

    (2015) With Chen Misgav, Israel/Palestine and the Queer International by Sarah Schulman with. Journal of Middle East Women's Studies: Journal of Middle East Women's Studies, 11(1): 111-113.

    (2013) Figurations of Violence and Belonging: Queerness, Migranthood and Nationalism in Cyberspace and Beyond by Adi Kuntsman. Israeli Sociology, 15(1): 182-186 [Hebrew].

    Scientific Reports:

    (2020) Bare Lives: Women without Status in Haifa and Northern Israel. Isha l'Isha, Haifa [Hebrew] file:///C:/Users/TelHai/AppData/Local/Temp/Bare-Lives-he-1.pdf

    Book Chapters:

    (2018) Forward. In: Estee Rieder-Indursky, Invisible Women - Ultra Orthodox Feminism, The Case of “No Voice No Vote "Campaign. Haifa: Pardes.

    (2021) Epilogue. In: Judith Yahav, Women’s Love: Late Coming-out Monologues. Haifa: Pardes.

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  • My publications on Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ruth_Preser