Shifra Kisch

Dr. Shifra Kisch is an anthropologist and research fellow at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR), she obtained her PhD from the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Her work is based on ethnographic fieldwork spanning over two decades among the Naqab Bedouin, (the native Arab inhabitants of the southern arid region of present-day Israel). Her previous work on deafness and signing among the Negev Bedouin, and Jewish-Arab encounters has been published in various academic journal. Her work in this project concerns unconventional marriages among the Naqab Bedouin such as multiple-mixed marriages and Deaf-Deaf marriages. The study of multiple-mixed marriages corresponds to her wider investigations into the lives of young educated Bedouin men and women and her research interests in the emerging new classes of professionals, the intersection of education and marriage, and the social history and impact of Palestinian student migration.



Kisch, Shifra, 2018, ‘Conversion as a gift: Palestinian Bedouin grooms and Romanian brides,’ Submitted to Ethnos: Journal of Anthropology.



Kisch, Shifra, ‘New marriage preferences among deaf Bedouin women’, Gender studies department seminar, Ben-Gurion University, Beersheva. 10 March 2015

Kisch, Shifra, ‘Marriage and language: Signing communities among the Naqab Bedouin’ Department seminar, Bar Ilan University, Tel Aviv. 23 March 2015.

Kisch, Shifra, ‘When subalterns become professionals’ , Closed door workshop on Comparative Settler-Colonialism , Columbia University NY. 10 April 2015

Kisch, Shifra, ‘Conversion as a Gift: Bedouin Grooms and Rumenian Brides,presentation at the International Conference Interfaith Love: Love, Sex and Marriage in the Islamicate World, Leiden University, June 22, 2016.

Kisch, Shifra. ‘Where is religion in marriage conversion? Juridical policy of sharia court in Israel
and the case of  Rumanian brides & Palestinian Bedouin grooms,’ Presentation at ‘Religious Marriages in the Mediterranean’ conference, Mediterranean Institute, University of Malta, 20-21 March 2018.

Kisch, Shifra, Bavelaar, Rahma, Moors, Annelies, ‘Visuality and the politics of publicly staging ‘mixed couples’, Paper presented at ‘Islamic Visualities and In/Visibilities: Reimagining Public Citizenship,’ LUCIS annual conference, Leiden University, Dec. 2017.

Kisch, Shifra, ‘Mobility on the Margins: Palestinian students in Eastern-Europe,’ closed-door conference ‘Critical Transnational Perspectives: Flows and Networks in and beyond the Middle East and North Africa,’ Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. Qatar,  Dec. 2017.

Kisch, Shifra, ‘Changing markers of mixed marriages,’ Paper presented at international conference ‘Power, Intimacy and the State: Mixed Families in Europe and Beyond,’ University of Amsterdam, 12 – 13 June 2017.

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