Zohar Elmakias

I am interested in historical and contemporary spatialities in the Middle East.

I am a second-year MA student at the Cultural Studies Program at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where I work on historical and contemporary spaces in the the Middle East. 

Prior to conducting my studies at the Hebrew University, I completed my BFA in Film at Tel Aviv University. For my final project, I directed a short documentary film, “Duties of the Heart” (2012), a portrait of a young poet. 

My MA research project seeks to explore the cultural evolution of a peculiar site in Jaffa: the Station (“Hatachana” in Hebrew). The first train station built in what is present-day Israel in 1892, the Station witnessed dramatic transformations throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Located at the elusive crossroad of Tel Aviv and Jaffa, the renewed Station plays a key role in the long and contested relationship between the two cities.