Conference: Israel in Time and Space, May 12, 2013, YU

Israel in Time and Space:  An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference in Israel Studies

Keynote speaker:  Yael Zerubavel, Rutgers University

Israel, Cultural Memory, and the Transformations of a National Tradition

Sunday, May 12, 2013, 9:00-5:00  Belfer Hall 1214, Yeshiva University, Washington Heights Campus, New York City

The Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies and the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies invite graduate students and advanced undergraduate students to join us for a day of learning, community building and professional growth. This conference will explore Israel from a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives. Graduate students from universities across America will present papers addressing Israel in rabbinic memory, Israel in artistic representation, and Israel from the perspective of modern diaspora thinkers. For more information about the conference please contact

Cite: Abu-Rabia-Queder & Weiner-Levy, Agency of Palestinian Women in Israel

Abu-Rabia-Queder, Sarab and Naomi Weiner-Levy. “Between Local and Foreign Structures: Exploring the Agency of Palestinian Women in Israel.” Social Politics 20.1 (2013): 88-108.





Stemming from the literature that examines the importance of structure as a means that produces agency, this article aims to analyze Palestinian women’s agency in Israel as negotiation with particular conflicting structures. While Middle Eastern women’s agency is structured within Arab religious and cultural resources, Palestinian women’s agency in Israel, We claim, is not only structured by Arab cultural and religious resources, but is also structured by Jewish-Israeli spatial-cultural resources. This paper analyses two sources from which Palestinian women in Israel derive agency and examines the interplay between them: (a) Palestinian cultural resources and (b) Israeli-Jewish cultural-spatial resources. By analyzing this agency and coping resources, we seek to conceptualize a more extensive theoretical model that draws on existing Middle Eastern feminist literature concerning Arab women, with attention to the unique realities of Palestinian women’s life in Israel and the varied structuring resources available to them.