Collective Memory of Conflicts: The Israeli Case of the 1948 Palestinian Exodus

MAR 06, 2013 | 6:30 PM TO 8:30 PM



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue




March 06, 2013: 6:30 PM-8:30 PM





This talk explores the causes of the 1948 Palestinian exodus and the ensuing Israeli-Arab/Palestinian conflict from the perspective of seven chief Israeli institutions. These comprise three state institutions (the national Information Center, the army/IDF, and the Ministry of Education) and four Israeli-Jewish societal institutions (the research community, 1948 war veterans, NGOs, and newspapers). All publications of these institutions between 1949 and 2004 were analyzed. Additionally, key people in these institutions were interviewed, and data generated in a 2008 public opinion survey regarding the Israeli-Jewish memory of the exodus was used in the research. Dr. Net-Zehngut will discuss practical and theoretical insights regarding collective memory and conflict.

Rafi Nets-Zehngut is a postdoctoral fellow at the Department of International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the Tel Aviv University in June 2012. His graduate studies also included residency at Yale and Columbia Universities. His research focuses on collective memory and the socio-psychological aspects of conflicts (e.g., reconciliation and healing processes).