Prof. Galia Sabar

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Prof. (PhD) Galia Sabar- Chair, African Studies, Tel Aviv University 

Between 1984-1987 Galia has focused her research on Ethiopian Jews with special emphasis on their struggle to reach Israel. Between 1987-1997 she studied the interplay between religion and politics in Africa focusing on extra-religious activities churches perform and their effect on politics. In 1996 she published her first book on Kenya titled: Kenya – from a colony to an Independent state, and in 2002 She published her second book Church , State, and Society in Kenya; From Mediation to Opposition, 1963-1993. In addition she published several articles in leading scientific journals.

Her research on extra religious activities conducted by the churches led her to conduct a study on the role of religious organizations in the HIV/AIDS prevention education efforts in Kenya. Following the findings of this study she initiated an international interdisciplinary study group (funded by the Dutch government) on socio-political factors affecting the spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya. This research was conducted in collaboration with Dr. S. Mulindi from KenyattaNationalHospital. Traditional social practices such as Female Genital Mutilation, Widow inheritance as well as male circumcision were analyzed in relation to high risk social behaviors and rates of HIV infection in various parts of East Africa. The finding were published in a book she co-edited in 1996 with I. Schenker, and I.Francisco (eds.) AIDS Education Prevention in Multi-Cultural Societies (Introduction by Jonathan Mann).  

Since 1998 her research has focused on African labor migrants in Israel with special emphasis on their socio-religious organizations and their complex relationswith Israeli society and politics Amongst her publications are: “African Christianity in the Jewish State: Adaptation, Accommodation and Legitimisation of Migrant Workers’ Churches: 1990-2003,”; "Olumba Olumba in Israel -  Struggling on all Fronts,"; " African Women Labour-Migrants in Israel between the African Rock and the Israeli Hard Place: “I Wanted Something Else,” and: "“Witchcraft and concepts of evil amongst African migrant workers in Israel."

Following massive deportation in the early 2000 of undocumented migrant laborers from Israel, Galia has expanded her research to include home-coming patterns. In her studies she illustrated how African labor migrates in Israel actively and creatively embraced the “spirit of Entrepreneurship” by selecting and adopting different values, practices and skills from the western capitalist cultural “tool kit.” Among others, this tool kit comprised the ideas of future orientation, time management, self-dependency, individual responsibility, exploitation of social networks and social trust. Based on testimonies of African labor migrates she showed how local social structures and cultures reside side by side the importation of the western spirit of capitalism, and this cultural hybrid led to a feeling of disjunction and frustration. In 2008 she has published her book "We are not here to Stay" African labour migrants in Israel and back to Africa.

Since 2006 her research has focused on African Asylum seekers, mainly from Sudan and Eritrea who have started entering Israel via its lax boarder with Egypt. Some of her publication include: "Remembering the Past & Constructing the future Over a Communal Plate: African Asylum seekers' self established Restaurants in Tel Aviv" and "Israel and the ‘Holy Land’:The Religio-Political Discourse of Rights among African Migrant Labourers and AfricanAsylum Seekers, 1990-2008."

Since 2011 Galia, together with Dr. Shavit is involved in a comparative research on conjunctions of tradition, modernity and post-modernity that shape theologies about contemporary migratory movements. As part of their research they are analyzing texts (written and other) which give religious interpretations to concepts such as labor migration, globalization, trans-nationalism and advanced media technologies. In addition they examine the means through which religious establishments spread and institutionalize those interpretations. The conceptual point of departure is that contemporary religious movements legitimize and even glorify migration (originating from non-religious motivations) in ways that reaffirm their dogmas. Theur comparative analyses focuses on Christianity, Islam and Judaism within the context of global migration.

 

Since the year 2000 Galia has been acting as the Chair of African Studies at Tel Aviv University. This position has been especially challenging as the University authorities have decided in 2004 to close down African studies. Since then, in collaboration with fellow Africanist inIsrael, Galia has led a wide struggle to save African studies within the Israeli academia and in 2010 an inter-university BA Program in African studies has been initiated.

Over the years Galia has presented her research in over 60 local and international conferences and research seminars. She has participated in several international research groups as well as provided academic consultation to research institutes inIsraeland elsewhere on issues related to her scientific work. Her publications include four books, two edited volumes and 30 articles\chapters in academic journals and books.  

 

Parallel to her role as a scientist Galia has been active in several Israeli and international NGO's including Jerusalem AIDS Project; Hotline for Migrant workers and refugees, IRAC, Israel Human Right Action. “I believe that we cannot stay aloof in our laboratories, libraries and offices, but must actively try to do things that improve our world,” Galia says. “It is important “to use your knowledge, wisdom and abilities to help others.” For her work she has received in April 2009 the prestigious Unsung Heroes Award, granted by the Dalai Lama under the auspices of the international organization, Wisdom in Action. Alongside Ibtisam Mahamid an Israeli-Palestinian activists, She was the first Israeli recipient of this honor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected list of publications

 

Books

 

Sabar,  G (2008) "We're not here to Stay", African Migrant Workers in Israel and Back in Africa," Tel Aviv : Tel Aviv University Press. (In Hebrew)

 

Schler L., Bethlehem L. and Sabar Galia eds. (2011) Rethinking Labour in Africa, Past and Present. London: Routledge.

 

Sabar, G (2002) Church, State and Society in Kenya – From Mediation to Opposition, 1963-1993, London: Frank Cass.

http://isbndb.com/d/book/church_state_and_society_in_kenya.html

 

Tamarkin M.  and G. Sabar-Friedman (1997), Modern Kenyan History; From a White Man’s Colony to an Independent Country, Tel Aviv: Open University Press. (in Hebrew).

http://www-e.openu.ac.il/translations/t-10206.htm

 

Schenker,I., G. Sabar-Friedman and I. Francisco, eds.,(1996), AIDS Education Prevention in Multi-Cultural Societies,New York: Plenum Press.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0306454890/ref%3Dnosim/debbiesbeads-20/002-5845893-7048866

 

Selected  list of Articles

 

Sabar G.  and Posner R.  (2012 Forthcoming), "Remembering the Past & Constructing the future Over a Communal Plate: African Asylum seekers' self established Restaurants in Tel Aviv. Food, Culture and Society.

 

Sabar, G. (2010) "“Witchcraft and concepts of evil amongst African migrant workers in Israel," Canadian Journal of African Studies / Review Canadienne des etudes africaines, Vol 44, No 1. http://ejournals.library.ualberta.ca/index.php/cjas-rcea/article/view/7477

 

Sabar, G. (2010) " African Diaspora and the Holy Land', The Religiou-Political Discourse of Rights among African Migrant Labourers and African Asylum Seekers, 1990-2008," in African Diaspora 3 (2010) 1-34. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/brill/afdi/2010/00000003/00000001/art00004

 

 

Sabar G. and Gez, N. (2009), “I Know Nothing about Africa”: Children of Undocumented Sub-Saharan African Labor Migrants in Israel, between Integration and Deportation", in Mally Shechory, Sarah Ben-David and Dan Soen Editors, Who Pays the Price? Foreign Workers, Society, Crime and the Law. New York: Nova Science Publishers: 481-499.

 

Sabar, G. and Shragai A. (2008) " Olumba Olumba in Israel -  Struggling on all Fronts," in African Identities, Vol. 6 no.3 : 201-225. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14725840802223549

 

Sabar G. (2008) " African Women Labour-Migrants in Israel between the African Rock and the Israeli Hard Place: “I Wanted Something Else,”  in kiran kamal prasad  ed. TADIA : The African Diaspora in Asia, Explorations on a less Known fact, Bangalore:  Jana Jagrati Prakashana: 461-480

 

Sabar G. (2007) “The Rise and Fall of African Migrant Churches: Transformation in African Religious Discourses and Practices in Tel Aviv,” in Sarah S. Willened. Transnational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Contex, London: Lexinon Books

 

Sabar G. (2006) Une migration inachevée ? Réflexions sur la communauté africaine de travailleurs migrants en Israël, à la veille de sa disparition. The Cahiers des Anneaux dela Mémoire N° 9 (CAM/TADIA)

 

Sabar  G. and S. Kanari, (2006)“’ I’m Singing my way up’ – The significance of Music amongst African Christian migrants in Israel,” in Studies in World Christianity: the Edinburgh Review of Theology and Religion, Volume 12, Issue 2, pp. 101-125. http://128.220.160.198/journals/studies_in_world_christianity/v012/12.2sabar.pdf

 

Sabar G. (2005), “African Christianity in the Jewish State: Adaptation, Accommodation and Legitimization of Migrant Workers’ Chruches 1990-2003”,in Journal of Religion in Africa : 407 – 437. http://www.jstor.org/stable/1581506?&Search=yes&searchText=Galia&searchText=Sabar&list=hide&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3DSabar%2BGalia%26wc%3Don&prevSearch=&item=1&ttl=25&returnArticleService=showFullText

 

Sabar-Friedman G. (1997), “Church and State in Kenya, 1986-1992: The Churches’ Involvement in the ‘Game of Change’,” African Affairs, Vol. 96: pp. 25-52. http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0001-9909%28199701%2996%3A382%3C25%3ACASIK1%3E2.0.CO%3B2-4

 

Sabar-Friedman G. (1995) “Politics” and “Power” in the Kenyan Public Discourse and Recent Events: The Church of the Province of Kenya,” Canadian Journal of African Studies, Vol. 29 no. 3: 429-453. Stable URL: http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0008-3968%281995%2929%3A3%3C429%3A%22A%22ITK%3E2.0.CO%3B2-Y

 

 

Sabar Friedman G. (1995), The Mau May Myth: Kenyan Political Discourse in Search of Democracy, Cahiers D’Etudes Africanies, Vol. 137. http://www.jstor.org/stable/4392578?&Search=yes&searchText=Galia&searchText=Sabar&list=hide&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3DSabar%2BGalia%26wc%3Don&prevSearch=&item=3&ttl=25&returnArticleService=showFullText


 

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Publications

Galia Sabar

 List of Publications

  A. Books

  Sabar, Galia (2002) Church , State, and Society in Kenya; From Mediation to Opposition, 1963-1993, London: Frank Cass.

 Schler Lynn, Beth Lehem Louise  and Sabar Galia eds. (2011)  African Labor in Colonial and Postcolonial Contexts. London and New York: Routledge.

 Schenker, I., G. Sabar-Friedman and I. Francisco, eds. (1996) AIDS Education Prevention in Multi-Cultural Societies, New York: Plenum Press. (Introduction by Jonathan Mann): 265 pages.

 

 צבר בן יהושע נעמה וצבר גליה (2012) שני בתים וילד: סיפורן של משפחות משולבות בישראל. תל אביב: שוקן.

 צבר גליה (2010) בראשית היתה אפריקה. תל אביב: האוניברסיטה המשודרת ומשרד הביטחון.

  צבר גליה (2008)  "לא באנו להישאר", מהגרי עבודה אפריקאים -  מאפריקה לישראל ובחזרה. תל אביב: ההוצאה לאור של אוניברסיטת תל אביב.

  מ. תמרקין, וג. צבר-פרידמן (1996 ) קניה - מהתיישבות קולוניאלית למדינה עצמאית, תל אביב: האוניברסיטה הפתוחה

  Articles \ Referred Chapters               

 

Sabar Galia and Rachel Posner (2013 accepted), "Remembering the Past & Constructing the future Over a Communal Plate: African Asylum seekers' self established Restaurants in Tel Aviv. Food, Culture and Society.

 Sabar, Galia (2013)"Return-migration experiences of African labor migrants" Migration Letters, Vol. 10 no.1: 57-70.

 Sabar, Galia "“Witchcraft and concepts of evil amongst African migrant workers in Israel," (2010) Canadian Journal of African Studies / Review Canadienne des etudes africaines:. Vol 44, No 1

Lynn Schler, Louise Bethlehem and Galia Sabar (2009), " Rethinking Labour in Africa, past and present," African Identities Vol. 7(3) 2009: 287-298.

Sabar, Galia (2008) "Sometimes in order to save yourself you have to build a wall between you and your family back home" - African Migrant Workers in Israel Trapped between the Extended family, Money and Witchcraft," in Ehud R. Toledano, Ed. African Communities  in Asia and the Mediterranean: Between Integration and Conflict, Halle and London: Max Plank Institute and Conrinuum Press.

Sabar, Galia and Yonatan N. Gez (2009), “I Know Nothing about Africa”: Children of Undocumented Sub-Saharan African Labor Migrants in Israel, between Integration and Deportation", in Mally Shechory, Sarah Ben-David and Dan Soen Editors, Who Pays the Price? Foreign Workers, Society, Crime and the Law. New York: Nova Science Publishers: 481-499.

Sabar, Galia (2008)  "Was There No Naboth to Say No?" ,Using the pulpit in the struggle for Democracy; The Anglican Church, Rt. Rev. Dr. David Gitari and Kenyan Politics," in  Knighton, Ben (ed. ( Religion and Politics in Kenya, New York: Palgrave Macmillan:123-143.

Sabar, Galia and Shragai Atalya (2008) " Olumba Olumba in Israel -  Struggling on all Fronts," in African Identities, Vol. 6 no.3 : 201-225.

Sabar, Galia (2008) " African Women Labour-Migrants in Israel between the African Rock and the Israeli Hard Place: “I Wanted Something Else,”  in kiran kamal prasad  ed. TADIA : The African Diaspora in Asia, Explorations on a less Known fact, Bangalore:  Jana Jagrati Prakashana: 461-480.

Sabar, Galia (2007) “The Rise and Fall of African Migrant Churches:Transformations in African Religious Discourse and Practice in Tel Aviv”, in Willen, Sarah S., ed.  Transational Migration to Israel in Global Comparative Context.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books: 185-202.

Sabar, Galia  (2007) "Between crossing boundaries and respecting norms: Sub-Saharan African Women Labor-Migrants in Israel 1990-2005," in Annelies Wilder-Smith, Eli Schwartzand  Marc Shaw (eds.) Travel Medicine, Oxford: Elsevier Publishers: 229-246.

Sabar, Galia and Kanari Shlomit, (2006) "Between the Local and the Global - African Musicians in Israel," in Musiké, ( Netherlands) vol. 1, no. 2: 77-100.

Sabar, Galia (2006) "Une migration inachevée ? Réflexions sur la communauté africaine de travailleurs migrants en Israël, à la veille de sa disparition," Cahiers de Anneaux Memoire, Vol. 9: pp. 1-30.

Sabar, Galia and Kanari Shlomit, (2006)“’ I’m Singing my way up’ – The significance of Music amongst African Christian migrants in Israel,” in Studies in World Christianity: the Edinburgh Review of Theology and Religion, Vol.12, no. 2, pp. 101-125.

Sabar, Galia (2005)  “The African Diaspora in the ‘Holy Land’,” in Afe Adogame and Cordula Weisskoppel., eds. Religion in the Context of African Migration, Bayreuth African Studies Sereis, no. 74 :155-189.

Sabar, Galia (2004) “African Christianity in the Jewish State: Adaptation, Accommodation and Legitimisation of Migrant Workers’ Churches: 1990-2003,”Journal of Religion in Africa, Vol. 34, no.,4: 407-437.

Sabar-Friedman, G (1997), “Church and State in Kenya, 1986-1992: The Churches’ Involvement in the ‘Game of Change’,” African Affairs, Vol. 96: pp. 25-52.

Sabar-Friedman, G (1996), “The Role of Religious Organizations in Constructing the HIV/AIDS Discourse and Prevention Actions,” in I. Schenker, G. Sabar-Friedman and I. Francisco, eds. AIDS Education Prevention in Multi-Cultural Societies, New York: Plenum Press: 217-221

Schenker, G.  Sabar-Friedman (1996), “The Jewish Religion and the HIV/AIDS Challenge,” in I. Schenker, G. Sabar-Friedman and I. Francisco, eds. AIDS Education Prevention in Multi-Cultural Societies, New York: Plenum Press: 251-261.

Sabar-Friedman, G (1996), "The Power of The Familiar: Everyday Practice in the Anglican Church of Kenya," Church and State,  Vol. 38: 377-397.

Ram, H and G. Sabar-Friedman (1996), "The Political Significance of Myth," Cultural Dynamics, Vol. 8, 1:51-78.

 Sabar-Friedman, G (1995), "AIDS Prevention and the Church," AIDS & Society, Jan-Feb:5.

Sabar-Friedman, G (1995)," 'Politics' and 'Power' in the Kenyan Public Discourse: Recent Events," Canadian Journal of African Studies, Vol. 29, 3 :429-453

Sabar-Friedman, G (1995), "The Mau Mau Myth: Kenyan Political Discourse in Search of Democracy," Cahiers D'etudes Africaine, 137 XXXV-1: 101-131

 Sabar-Friedman, G (1989) ” Marxism and Religion in Revolutionary Ethiopia,” Religion in Marxist Countries, Vol.17 3 : 247-256.

 

 צבר, גליה (2013) " אשה לבד בארץ זרה -  סיפורי הגירה של נשים אפריקאיות בישראל,"פנינה מורג-טלמון ויעל עצמון, (עורכות) נשים מהגרות בחברה הישראלית, ירושלים: ואן ליר. 

 צבר, גליה (2005)  "אני עובד זר, שחור ונוצרי בישראל היהודית: נצרות אפריקאית בתל-אביב," קליינברג אביעד עורך, לא להאמין – מבט אחר על דתיות וחילוניות, תל אביב:ההוצאה לאור של אוניברסיטת תל אביב בשיתוף עם כתר: 30-74. 

 צבר-פרידמן, ג (1996), "כנסיות והמאבק לשינוי בקניה: 1993-1986," פסיפס, האוניברסיטה הפתוחה עמו: 66-53. 

 צבר-פרידמן, ג (1990), מדיניות הפיתוח באתיופיה שלאחר המהפיכה 1974-1988: חזון מול מציאות (תל אביב: מכון הורוביץ לחקר ארצות מתפתחות, 90\1,),  30 עמ. 

צבר-פרידמן, ג (תשנ"ט), "נצרות ופוליטיקה בקניה," המזרח החדש כרך מ' (ליש, אהרון, עורך): 71-86.

 צבר-פרידמן, ג. י. פרידמן (1987), "השינויים בקרב יהודי אתיופיה 1983-1974," פעמים 33:139-128.

  צבר-פרידמן, ג ( 1987 ), "יהודי אתיופיה: סקירה היסטורית," ו. נצר וח. פולני, עורכות, אגדה של עליה ירושלים: משרד החינוך, עמ': 19-9.

 

 

Awards

 

Occasion

Name of Institution (city, country)

Year

 

Teddy Kolek Award for outstanding young scholars

1987

Outstanding academic performance.

Israeli Academic Women's association

1987

Outstanding academic performance.

Israeli Academic Women's association

1988

Outstanding reserach paper.

Horowitz Institution for Development,TelAvivUniversity

1988

Outstanding research in Current History.

Yad Hanadiv resreach award

1998

Organization: "Wisdom in Action" ,granted  by the Dalai Lama.

Award: Unsung Heroes of Compassion      

April 2009

Courses

Introduction to African History

Tutorial - Researching Africa

British Colonialism in East Africa

African Migration - Past and present.

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