MiriamSzamet

Miriam Szamet

“Immigration and Education: Pedagogues and the Pedagogical Discourse in Mandatory Palestine, 1918-1948”

Miriam Szamet is currently a third year doctoral student in the department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is writing her dissertation on the cultural transfer of pedagogy during the British Mandate of Palestine under the supervision of Prof. Yfaat Weiss. Szamet completed her undergraduate studies with Honors in History (2008) and graduated with a Master’s degree in Contemporary Jewry (2010) under the supervision of Prof. Eli Lederhandler, both at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She wrote her MA thesis on the life and work of Zionist feminist Puah Rakovsky, for which she received awards from the Leonid Nevzlin Research Center for Russian and East European Jewry, Beit Shalom Aleichem and the Leifer Center for Women and Gender Studies. She has spent the last three years as a research fellow for the Scholion Interdisciplinary Research Center and was a member of the research group, “Eros, Community and Family.” She is also the recipient of the Hebrew University President’s Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Students (2011-2015).

Szamet’s dissertation is entitled, “Immigration and Education: Pedagogues and the Pedagogical Discourse in Mandatory Palestine, 1918-1948”. Her work explores the education discourse of the Jewish Yishuv by tracing its cultural roots to the reform pedagogies of Europe. By focusing on the transfer, absorption, in some cases rejection, and amalgamation of these theories, this research seeks to create a more expansive picture of the early Zionist project and in particular how the culture of its educational landscape extended far beyond the geography of Palestine.

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