Dr. Tsameret Levy-Daphny

Former Director, The Forum for Contemporary Turkish Studies, and Programs Director, The Israel in the Middle East Cluster

Employed at the VLJI until 2022

Tsameret has a PhD in history from Tel Aviv University, where she wrote her dissertation on society and politics in the Ottoman Empire in the 18th century, focusing on Diyarbakir (in the southeastern part of modern Turkey). While researching her dissertation, she lived in Istanbul for various periods and received a scholarship from KOC University, Istanbul, where she was a research fellow in 2008 and 2009 in the Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations (RCAC).

At the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, in the years 2016-2021 Tsameret directed the Forum for Contemporary Turkish Studies, which is now part of the Israel in the Middle East cluster. The forum aimed to promote and encourage interdisciplinary research and a comparative examination of Turkey and Israel. The forum also aimed to expose the broad Israeli public to Turkish culture and society. Turkish Film Week, which took place in 2018-2021 at Israeli Cinematheques, was among the forum’s activities. It offered artistic Turkish films as an tool of observation of Turkish society and state. In the years 2020-2022 Tsameret was a member of the academic faculty of the VLJI’s Intellectual Incubator for Documentary Filmmakers.

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