Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics
Field of Research: The possibility and necessity of human agency in the urban sphere, focusing on artists and artistic interventions, arguing for the need and influence of aware and active city dwellers
Merav Kaddar is a Phd candidate at the political science department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, under the supervision of Prof. Avner De-Shalit. Her research deals with the relationship between artists, art and cities. She is a research assistant in an Israeli-German project which research critical art and artists, and urban development in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv – Jaffa, Hamburg and Hanover. Merav is a participant of Minerva Center for Human Right’s scholarship program Human Rights under Pressure, a joint program of the Hebrew University and the Freie Universität, Berlin. Merav holds a B.A. in PPE (Philosophy, Political science and economics) and an M.A. in Philosophy, both from the Hebrew University. She also holds an MSc in Urban Studies (with distinction) from University College London (UCL). She worked in different academic centers, dealing with issues of human rights, the civil society, urban planning and more. Her interests include, among others, urban culture, urban regeneration, mixed cities, contested societies, urban sociology, art sociology, ethics, transitional justice and human rights.
In my PhD research, I wish to explore the possibility and necessity of human agency in the urban sphere, focusing on artists and artistic interventions,arguing for the need and influence of aware and active city dwellers. In my research, I attend to analyse artists and their artistic interventions in the city as agents and mechanisms of transitional justice, by advancing the crucial values that underlie reconciliation processes in conflicted societies, such as recognition, dialogue and memory. In contested urban areas, that are often described through gentrification, regeneration or post-colonial literature, Individuals’ attempts to practice and envision a joint urban everyday and future, deserves a closer attention, especially when such attempts are part of what might be interpreted as a process of transitional justice and address issues of human rights abuses.