New Article: Ribke, Female Fashion Models’ Transition into Israeli Politics

Ribke, Nahuel. “Modeling Politics? Female Fashion Models’ Transition into Israeli Politics.” European Journal of Culturla Studies 17.2 (2014): 170-186.





This article analyses the recent phenomenon of the passage of former models/television hosts into Israeli politics. The transition of these former models into politics can be seen as part of a wider phenomenon of Israeli media celebrities’ transition to professional politics. Despite the wide media coverage and the heated public debates around the fashion models’ candidacy, until now there has been no serious analysis of this phenomenon. Distancing itself from the popular derogatory approaches toward the participation of celebrities in politics, this study proposes to examine their entry into the political sphere seriously, incorporating a cultural and historical perspective along with an analysis of the dynamics of ethnic and gender relations in Israeli politics.

CFP: Framing Ethnicity in Israel, Temple U (Deadline Feb 15)


The Mirowski Family Foundation, Jewish Studies and the Center for Afro-Jewish Studies at Temple University invite submissions for a one and a half day workshop, April 19-20, at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA.


Israeli society is punctuated by a variety of sectors and social identities. The aim of the workshop is to examine trends since the 1980s of framing identity, "race" and ethnicity in Israel in the light of neo-liberalism, globalization and domestic politics.


We are interested in groups that have been underexamined in Israeli society and those which have undergone interesting quantitative and qualitative changes in the last few decades. We encourage proposals from a variety of disciplines-Sociology, Demography, History, Political Science, Anthropology, etc. Topics might include, but are not limited to:


· New identities-political, cultural, religious

· Racism, chauvinism, discrimination

· Subcultures and cultural hybridity

· Orientalism and its critics

· Migration and absorption



Please submit a 1 page proposals by February 15, 2012 to


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Cite: Blumen, Wives on Margins of Israeli High-Tech Industry

Blumen, Orna. “Home–Work Relations and the Spatialization of Care: Wives on the Margins of the Israeli High-Tech Industry.” Gender, Place & Culture 19.1 (2012): 102-117.





This study applies the concept of care to examine how home–work transitions of high-tech men affect others in these two places, namely their wives and managers. The high-tech industry is famous for its particularly demanding culture and masculine disposition, which contest daily involvement with family and domestic affairs. Care is conceptualized as a wide-ranging multifaceted notion that embraces work, morals, and policy, and is represented by the exchange of various tangible and intangible, resources across the home–work divide. In-depth interviews with 22 high-tech managers and 47 wives of high-tech engineers disclose a well-established reciprocity of care resources. The managers reward the wives’ nonmaterial support of the engineers/husbands with rhetorical recognition and nonfinancial benefits. The spatialization of care across the home–work divide is discussed, pointing to its hierarchical – not only contextual – relations.