Anat Helman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
March 5, 2009
Through a talk and slideshow, Helman will illustrate how clothes worn by Israelis in the 1950s reflected not just climatic, economic, and security conditions in the newly established state, but also ideological notions, membership in various sub cultures, basic gender roles, and attempts to consolidate a new unifying national identity.
Anat Helman is a faculty member of the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and the Cultural Studies Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her award-winning book on the Mandate era focuses on daily culture in Tel Aviv, and her current research deals with Israeli lifestyles in the 1950s.