I am a feminist writer and teacher with a wide variety of interests. My work on peace and critical security studies focuses mainly on international practices and discourses concerning gender and feminist theory. I am especially interested in the way actors on the state and civil society level understand and engage with global security challenges; the way gender affects various forms of conflict resolution; and in conceptualizing bodily experiences of armed-conflict among civilian populations.
I am a research fellow at the LDI Gender Forum and teach in the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I am also closely involved with the work done by the Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS) at the Jerusalem Van Leer Institute. Previously I was a a postdoctoral fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations (2013/4) and a visiting professor at the Frankel Center for Judaic Studies in the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (2010-2012).
My research has focused mainly on the Israeli case and has been situated within several overlapping sub-themes: the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, women and the Arab-Israeli conflict, feminist security studies and rape as trauma of war. Much of my work has focused on the translation and localization of UNSCR 1325 in Israel and on the gendered impact of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. My Ph.D. in Gender Studies (Bar-Ilan University 2009) documented the gender perspective and the participation of Israeli women in formal Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations. This research and others have appeared in several journals: Sex Roles, International Sociology, Politics & Gender, Social Politics and Security Dialogue.
In the last two years I have started to work on a new project that explores the shift in late Cold War naval presence of the U.S. military in the Mediterranean. This project is currently focusing on a feminist microanalysis of the changing patterns of port calls, Rest and Recuperation (R&R) and naval diplomacy as experienced in Haifa Port during 1976-2005.
You can email me at: sarai.aharoni(at)mail.huji.ac.il
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