Dr. Tsameret Levy-Daphny
Director, The Forum for Contemporary Turkish Studies & Programs Director. The Israel in the Middle East Cluster
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, since 2016 Tsameret has been the director of the Forum for Contemporary Turkish Studies, which is now part of the Israel in the Middle East cluster. As part of the cluster, the forum aims to promote and encourage interdisciplinary (historical, sociological, and cultural) research and a comparative examination of Turkey and Israel. The forum also aims to expose the Israeli public to contemporary Turkish films as a way of viewing Turkey and its society. Turkish Film Week, which has taken place since 2018 at the Jerusalem Cinematheque, is among the forum’s activities.