Naftali Orna

Dr. Naftali Orna

Senior Lecturer, Department of Asian Studies
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Ph.D. (2007), Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

 

Research Interests and Projects

  • Childhood, youth and education in modern and contemporary China
  • Women, gender and the family in China
  • Military, violence and the nation-state in the PRC
  • Science and subjectivity in modern Chinese history
  • Urban China in the post-Socialist era
  • Current field project: Education and the formation of national identity in China: The effects of schooling and ‘Patriotic Education’ on youths of different socioeconomic backgrounds Education.
     

 

 

 Education

  • 2007-2011  - Post-doctorate, The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies  
  • 2008-2011  - Post-doctorate, The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2007-2008  - Post-Doctorate, Lady Davis Fellow, Department of East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2007  - PhD, Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Degree awarded in September 2007
  • 2003  -  M.A., Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, UCSB
  • 2003  -  M.A., Culture Research, Unit for Culture Research, Tel Aviv University
  • 1998  - B.A., East Asian Studies, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem 

 

Positions at the Hebrew University

  • 2011-  Lecturer, Department of East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2008-2011  Adjunct Lecturer, Department of East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

Courses Taught in The Last 4 Years

Bachelors’ degree courses:

  • “Women and Gender in in Modern China” (46308/27026)
  • “Contemporary China”/"China after Mao” (46552)
  • “Tradition and Modernity in Contemporary China: An Anthropological Perspective” (46226)
  • "Nation and Nationalism in Modern China" (27025)

Masters’ Degree courses:

  • “Research Methods of Modern Chinese Society and Politics” (46856)
  •  “State and Society in the PRC: Selected Topics” (46865)
  •  “Constructions of Modernity in Contemporary China” (46813)

  

List of Publications

Dissertation

“Reforming the Child: Childhood, Citizenship, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Urban China”

 

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Naftali, Orna. 2010. “Recovering Childhood: Play, Pedagogy, and the Rise of Psychological Knowledge in Contemporary Urban China.” Modern China36(6): 589-616

Naftali, Orna. 2010. “Caged Golden Canaries: Childhood, Privacy, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Urban China.” Childhood: A Journal of Global Child Research 17 (3): 297-311

Naftali, Orna. 2009. “Empowering the Child: Children’s Rights, Citizenship and the State in Contemporary China.” The China Journal 61 (Jan. 2009): 79-104.

 

 

Chapters in Edited Volumes

Naftali, Orna. 2008. “Treating Students as Subjects: Globalization, Childhood, and Education in Contemporary China,” pp. 251-74 in The Production of Educational Knowledge in the Global Era, Julia Resnik, ed. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers
 

 

Book Reviews

Naftali, Orna. 2012. Book Review of: China’s One-Child Policy and Multiple Caregiving: Raising Little Suns in Xiamen by Esther C.L. Goh (London and New York: Routledge, 2011). China InformationA Journal on Contemporary China Studies 26 (1) in Contemporary Urban China”

 

Conference Presentations

2012 - "Teaching War in Modern Chinese History: A Look at Contemporary High-School Textbooks." Invited lecture, presented at the Sino-Israeli Workshop: "New Perspectives on Pre-Modern Chinese History." The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem, March 11-12, 2012

2012 - "Protecting Children from Violence: Corporal Punishment and the Rights Discourse in Contemporary China." Invited paper, to be presented at the International Conference:"Protecting the Weak: Concepts, Discourses, and Institutions in East Asia." Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany, March 1-3, 2012

2012 - “Embattled Childhoods: Children, Gender and Violence in China of the Cultural Revolution Period (1966-76).” Paper to be presented at the 9th European Social Science History (ESSH) Conference, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, April 11-14, 2012

2011 - “‘Raising a Happy, Healthy Child’: Childrearing, Psychology, and the Construction of Motherhood in Contemporary Urban China,” invited lecture, Focus Asia International Workshop, the Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden, October 13-14, 2011

2011 - “Envisioning the Global in Chinese Primary School Textbooks: A View from Shanghai,”the Tenth Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel (East, South and Central Asia), May 25-26, 2011, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem

2011 - “The Return of the Little Red Soldier: Childhood, War, and the Military in China’s Contemporary Popular Culture,” Paper presented at the Association of Asian Studies & International Convention of Asian Scholars (AAS–ICAS) Joint Conference, March 31–April 3, 2011, Honolulu, Hawai’i, USA

2010 - “‘We Now Have a Law that Protects Us!’: Children’s Rights, Power, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Urban China,” The 3rd International Conference: Childhood and Youth in Transition, July 6th-8th, 2010, University of Sheffield, UK

2009 - “Between Chaos (luan) and Control (guan): The Effects of the Cultural Revolution (1966-76) on Childrearing and Education in Contemporary Urban China,” the Eighth Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, June 3-4, 2009, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv

2009 - “Respecting the Child or Upholding Filial Piety? Childhood and the Family in Contemporary Urban China,” invited lecture, the Ninth Annual Agbar Fellowship Award, The Department of East Asian Studies and the Faculty of Humanities, March 19, 2009, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem

2008 - “Caged at School, Caged at Home: Public and Private Childhoods in Contemporary China,” the Seventh Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, May 21-22, 2008, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem

2006 - “The Pedagogy of Empire: Childrearing, Citizenship, and Globalization in Contemporary China,” Critical Intersections/ Dangerous Issues: the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association (AAA), November, 15-19, 2006, San Jose, USA

2006 - “Treating Students as Subjects: Globalization, Childhood, and Education in Contemporary China”, invited paper, Globalization and Education: Constructing New Frames of Research and Thinking, International Workshop, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, June 8-9, 2006

2006 - “Re-defining the Child: Education, Childhood, and Politics in Contemporary China”, the Fifth Annual Conference of Asian Studies in Israel, Tel Aviv University, June 11-12, 2006 
 

 

Conferences Organized

2012 - Roundtable Event: "Changing Leadership in the PRC: Past Issues and Future Directions," Sponsored by The Truman Institute and the Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies, Nov. 14, 2012, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2012 - Member of Organizing Committee; Co-organizer of the East AsianPanel, "Imagining and consuming identities in modern China," The 4th German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities (GISFOH) Symposium, Potsdam, Germany, September 9 - 12, 2012 “Reforming the Child: Childhood, Citizenship, and Subjectivity

 

 

Research Grants

2012-2015 - Israel Science Foundation (ISF) Grant No. 405/12, for the project: "Education and the Formation of National Identity in China: The Effects of Schooling and 'Patriotic Education' on Youth of Different Socioeconomic Background"

2012-2014 - The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Individual Grant for the project: "Education and the Formation of National Identity in China: The Effects of Schooling and 'Patriotic Education' on Youth of Different Socioeconomic Background"

2011-2012 - Hebrew University Intramural Research Fund Career Development Grant, for project "Education and the Formation of National Identity in China: The Effects of Schooling and 'Patriotic Education' on Youth of Different Socioeconomic Background"

 

 

Fellowships & Awards

 

2010-2011 - The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace Post Doctoral Fellowship, 
The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies Post Doctoral Fellowship

2008-9 - The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace Post Doctoral Fellowship,
The Louis Frieberg Center for East Asian Studies Post Doctoral Fellowship, 
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Golda Meir Post Doctoral Fellowship

2007-8 - Lady Davis Fellowship Trust Post-Doctoral Fellowship, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2003 - Pre-Dissertation Field Visit Award, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara

2001-7 -University of California Regents Special Fellowship

2001 - Humanities Research Fellowship, Tel Aviv University

2000 - Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement, Tel Aviv University

1999 - Humanities Award for Academic Excellence, Tel Aviv University

 

 

Professional Activities at The Hebrew University 

2012 - Coordinator of the China Studies High-School Outreach Program, Department of Asian Studies

2008-2009 - Asia Unit Coordinator, The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace      

 

Professional Activities: Extramural

2011-2012 Member of the “Humanities and Social Sciences Young Scholars Forum,” The Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities

2011 - Committee Member, 2011 Bestor Prize for Outstanding Graduate Paper, Society for East Asian Anthropology (SEAA), American Anthropological Association 

 

Reviewer for:

The China Journal

Modern China

Ethos

 

 

Professional Affiliations

American Anthropological Association (AAA), member

Society for East Asian Anthropology, member

The Association for Asian Studies (AAS), member

 

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