portrait Amit Abas

Hila Amit Abas

Affiliated 14-16

Queer Theory / Migration and Diaspora Studies


Hila Amit holds a bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Tel Aviv. She continued her studies in the University of Tel Aviv at the Gender Studies Program. Her masters’ research was an ethnographic study among Palestinian lesbians in the 1948 borders of the state of Israel. She is currently writing her dissertation at The Center for Gender Studies in The School of Oriental and African studies (SOAS), University of London. She is working at the intersection of Queer Theory, Migration and Diaspora Studies, Postcolonial Thought and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Her research focuses on political activism, queer kinship, national belonging, and diasporic communities. She received the Hadassah Brandies 2014 Research award for her work on Jewish diasporas.

Berlin - The New Zion: The Revival of the Hebrew Language in Contemporary Berlin

As more and more Israelis emigrate from their homeland and express criticism regarding the state of Israel, this research explores forms of diasporic resistance to Zionism. The research will focus on the ways Israeli emigrants promote the use of Hebrew in the diaspora, and specifically in Berlin. This is important as some of these emigrants emphasize the diasporic use of Hebrew must be considered under a political framework. Several events in Berlin, as well as the establishment of a Hebrew Library and a Hebrew literary journal called Mikan Vaeilach (translation: From Here and Onward) will be explored from a political perspective that seeks to disconnect and undermine the inherent relationship between Israel and Hebrew, a relationship that has hardly been questioned since the establishment of the state of Israel. The Israeli case offers an interesting opportunity to investigate the relationship between language and nationalism.

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