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Beatrice Bain Research Group, U. C, Berkeley

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Staying Put: Crossing the Israel-Palestine Border with Gloria Anzaldua
Published in Anthropology and Humanism, Vol. 36(1), pp 101–121.

Mizrahi Feminism and the Question of Palestine
Published in Journal of Middle East Women's Studies Vol. 7 (2), pp. 56-88.

Colonialism and Imperialism: Zionism
Published in Encyclopedia of Women in Islamic Cultures, Vol. 6, pp. 9-15.

Between and Among the Boundaries of Culture: Bridging Text and Lived Experience in the Third Timespace
Published in Cultural Studies Vol. 10(1), pp. 154-179.

Blow-Ups in the Borderzones: Third World Israeli Authors’ Gropings for Home
Published in New Formations 18, pp. 84-106.

Border Poets: Translating by Dialogue
Published in Women Writing Culture, Ruth Behar and Deborah A. Gordon, eds., pp. 412-427.

On the Progress of Affirmative Action and Cultural Rights for Marginalized Communities in Israel
Co-authored with Rafi Shubeli and Published in Anthropology News, November 2006, pp. 6-7.

Transnational English Tyranny
Published in Anthropology News, April 2006, pp. 9-10.

Israeli Anthropology and American Anthropology
Published in Anthropology News, January 2005, pp. 8-9.

A Year into the Lebanon2 War NGO-ing Mizrahi-Arab Paradoxes, and a One State Vision for Palestine-Israel
Published in Left Curve Vol. 33, pp. 29-36.

Lily White Feminism and Academic Apartheid in Israel: Anthropological Perspectives
Published in Anthropology News, October 2003, pp. 10-11.

Creativity/Anthropology, Ch. 7
Chapter 7 from Creativity/anthropology, published by Cornell University Press, 1993.

Notes on the Fantastic Journey of the Hajj, his Anthropologist and her American Passport
Co-authored with Hajj A. and Forest RousePublished in American Ethnologist Vol. 20(2), pp. 363-384.

Arrival of the New Cultured Tenants
Published in The Times Literary Supplement 4602, June 14, 1991, p. 11.

The Bedouin, Beatniks, and the Redemptive Fool
Published in Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Vol. 13 (1-3), pp. 23-44.

When Leadership Becomes Allegory: Mzeina Sheikhs and the Experience of Military Occupation
Published in Cultural Anthropology 4(2), pp. 99-135.

Sinai for the Coffee Table
Published in Middle East Report, January-February 1988, pp. 40-44.

Bedouin in Limbo: Egyptian and Israeli Development Policies in Southern Sinai
Co-authored with Professor William C. Young, UCLA and Published in Antipode 16(2), pp. 33-44.

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Amazing! I am surprised and grateful that my American Ethnologist essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics,” has gotten over 1,000 views on in a little over a year. This is on top of over 2,000 viewers and subscribers on Facebook and other educational, non-profit sites. I am glad that the word is getting out about the bureaucratic machine as a system of divine torture.…


Posted on March 5, 2014 at 8:12pm

The Heart at East Ceremony, May 21, 2013 -- Powerpoint Biographic Presentation

I am grateful to Dana Peleg for the translation from the Hebrew to the English, and to Ido Elkobi who prepared the powerpoint presentation for the Heart at East NGO coalition for cultural rights.

It's attached in PDF format.SmadarLavie_PresentationEn.pdf

Posted on June 1, 2013 at 2:14pm

Heart at East: The Coalition for Equal Distribution of Cultural Funds in Israel

On May 21, 2013, in Tel Aviv, I'm going to be awarded the Heart at East lifetime achievement plaque for my feminist-of-color activism, community leadership and academic scholarship. Heart at East is a coalition of 20 or so NGOs that aims to remedy the near complete lack of cultural rights and representation for Israel's majority citizenry, the Mizrahim.

The Heart at East lifetime achievement plaque was created as an…


Posted on May 20, 2013 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain (AE vol 39 no. 4)

My essay, “Writing Against Identity Politics: An Essay on Gender, Race, and Bureaucratic Pain,” appears in the latest issue of American Ethnologist (Volume 39, Issue 4). Here is its abstract:

Equating bureaucratic entanglements with pain—or what, arguably, can be seen as torture—might seem strange. But for single Mizrahi welfare mothers in Israel, somatization of bureaucratic logic as physical pain precludes…


Posted on January 7, 2013 at 12:00am — 7 Comments

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At 8:32am on October 11, 2012, Justin Shaffner said…

Welcome to the OAC, Smadar! Good to see you here!



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