Annual Summery 2016

Post-Doctorate Fellowship: The Sophie Davis Forum on Gender, Conflict, Resolution and Peace

Dr. Timea Spitka, “Gender, International Intervention in Violent Conflicts, and Responsibility to Protect (R2P)”
Dr. Timea Spitka received her Ph.D. from Ben Gurion University with a focus on intervention in violent conflicts, and her M.A. from the University of Toronto in Russian and East European Studies. As a Sophie Davis Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, International Conflict Resolution and Peace, her current research is focused on Gender and Responsibility to Protect (R2P) civilians in the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict.
Her past research has focused on intervention in violent conflicts, conflict resolution, international mediation, group identity, and gender. Her book, International Intervention, Identity and Conflict Transformation: Bridges and Walls between Groups, will be published by Routledge in January 2016. Dr. Spitka has taught classes in International Mediation, Conflict Resolution, American Foreign Policy, Gender and International Intervention. She has also worked for several international organizations including for the United Nations and Oxfam, and as a

Dr. Einat Gedalya-Lavy, “A Comparative Analysis of Attitudes and Values of Women and Men toward Peace and Security Issues” Einat Gedalya-Lavy’s Ph.D. work at the Political Science Department in Tel-Aviv University
examined the relationships between feminism, media framing of women and politics, and the gender gap in voting in Israel over time.
Her current study focuses on a comparative analysis of attitudes and values of women and men toward peace and security issues. She is the recipient of several academic awards and scholarships, including the Na’amat doctoral research grant and the Tami Steinmetz research grant, together with Prof. Herzog, regarding women’s voices on issues of peace and security. She has been an active member of the “Gender Gap in Voting” research group at “Shavot” center for the advancement of women in the public sphere at Van-Leer Institute in Jerusalem, and she was a research fellow at the Harold Hartog School of Government and Policy (Goldman Junior fellowship). Her research interests include Gender and Politics; Gender, Peace and Security; Political Communication; Elections Studies; Political Psychology; and Political Methodology.



International Conference: Gender and Security in Violent Conflict

8–9 June 2016
Room 502, Beit Maiersdorf
Organized by Dr. Einat Gedalya-Lavy, Dr. Timea Spitka, and Dr. Manar Mahmud, this international conference was made possible by the Sophie Davis Gender Forum of the Leonard Davis Institute for International Relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. It explored topics related to international intervention and women’s rights, humanitarian intervention, gender, peacemaking, and responsibility to protect. The goal of the conference was to
examine the intended and unintended effects of international intervention on women in the midst of a violent conflict. The conference brought together international, Palestinian, and Israeli scholars and practitioners, and it was open to students and scholars.