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 The Israeli Inter-University Academic Partnership
 in Russian and East European Studies

Ayala Sugarman-Keissar


Ayala Shugarmen-Keissar is a PhD. candidate in the Sociology and anthropology department, Ben-Gurion University. Dissertation title: Ethno-national categories in identity narratives of Russian-speaking young adults of Jewish-mixed origin in Israel. MA Cum laude, Social Psychology Route, Department of Sociology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. BA Cum laude (member of Dean List 1985-86), Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem. Shugarmen-Keissar's research focuses on the identity of Russian-speaking young adults of Jewish-mixed origin, who were born in the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and have migrated to Israel. The study examines the ways in which practices of evading the mixed origin (in the FSU), which originally were motivated by the urge to avoid actual hostility or even existential threat under the Soviet regime, are passed on and translated into positioning strategies within the Israeli political identity symbolic struggle. The research discusses the ways in which evading the mixed ethnicity is transmitted through cross generation passage and shifts in cultural contexts by means of translating and updating it to fit new realities.


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Elena Keidosiute


Elena Keidosiute, a current IUAP Postdoctoral fellow at Department of Jewish History, Bar Ilan University, is a historian of modern Europe, specializing in Jewish-Christian relations in Eastern Europe and the history of Jews in Lithuania. She was awarded her PhD from Vilnius University in 2015 and since then has served as a Prins Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Jewish History in New York and Visiting scholar at NYU. Elena is currently working on her first monograph tentatively titled “Jewish Conversion in Modern Lithuania: Transformation of the Phenomenon”.



Lea David

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Dr Lea David finished her PhD at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben Gurion University, Israel. She explores how a contested past is managed through the clashes of the local and the global memory cultures. She has been lecturing on the memory studies, nationalism and conflict in the Former Yugoslav countries, and on Holocaust, genocide, and human rights at various Israeli Universities and Colleges. Her postdoctoral research at the Strochlitz Institute for Holocaust Research, Haifa University dealt with Memory Politics and Human Rights regime in International Relations. As the Fulbright- Rabin postdoctoral fellow at Pittsburgh University, she has broadened her research to various forms of nationalism produced through memory politics and human rights in the Former Yugoslav states as well as in Israel and Palestine. Currently, as the Jonathan Shapira postdoctoral fellow, at the Sociology and Anthropology Department, Tel Aviv University, she is conducting a research on solidarity within the nationalist and human right ideologies. During the next two years (2017-2019), as a Marie Curie fellow, Dr. David will develop her research into a manuscript Mandating Memory in the Name of Human Rights to publish it within the Culture and Politics series at Oxford University Press. 







Rafi Beykhanov


Rafi Beykhanov is a Ph.D. candidate in the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University. His dissertation topic is: The Political and Cultural Relationships between Russian Azerbaijan and the Ottomans and their Contribution to the Formation of Turkish Nationalist Ideology, 1876-1920, under the supervisor of Prof. Meir Litvak and Prof. Dan Shapira. He holds a B.A. in Administration and Public Policy from Sapir Academic College and an M.A. from the Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is the author of the book: Shaping National Identity in post-Soviet Azerbaijan: The Role of Schools and Textbooks (2015). His academic research interests include the History of Caucasus and Central Asia, the Ottoman Empire, Russia and the Islamic world, nationalism and national movements, reforms and modernity in the Iranian-Turkish world during the 19th and 20th centuries.





Yuri Radchenko

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Yuri Radchenko, PhD (Post-Doc Fellowship)

The Center for Research on Inter-Ethnic Relations in Eastern Europe, director (Kharkiv Ukraine).

Ex-Fellow: Saul Kagan Claims Conference Fellowship for Advanced Shoah Studies, European Holocaust Research Infrastructure Fellowship, L. Dennis and Susan R. Shapiro Fellow, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, DAAD, Petro Jacyk Visiting Scholar and the Scholar in Residence at the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies (CJS) at University of Toronto, Yad Hanadiv/Beracha Foundation post-doctoral Fellowship

Area of studies: History of the Holocaust.

• Ukrainian-Jewish relations.

• Collaboration in Eastern Europe.

• History of right radical movements in Europe

   in 1920s-1940s.