Dr. Michal Shapira

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Dr. Michal Shapira
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About

 

Interests and Research

Dr. Michal Shapira is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the History Department at Tel Aviv University. She previously taught at Barnard College, Columbia University as an ACLS-Mellon New Faculty Fellow and at Amherst College as a Visiting Assistant Professor. She received her B.A. from Tel Aviv University and her Ph.D. in History and Gender Studies from Rutgers University.

Her research and publications deal with the legacies of World War Two and the history of psychology in Britain, Europe and beyond. She focuses on total war, gender, and the development of expert culture in the twentieth century.

 

Fellowships and Awards

She received fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS), the Mellon Foundation, the Library of Congress, the American Psychoanalytic Association, the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), the Safra Center for Ethics, the Rutgers, Princeton, Tel Aviv and Cornell Universities and others. She was a Visiting Scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge and an Associate Scholar at Barnard College and at Columbia University.

 

Publications

Shapira is the author of the book The War Inside: Psychoanalysis, Total War and the Making of the Democratic Self in Postwar Britain (Cambridge University Press, 2013; paperback 2015): http://www.cambridge.org/9781107519237

The book was shortlisted for the 2013 Royal Historical Society’s Whitfield Prize and for the 2014 Gradiva Book Award, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis..

For reviews of the book see, for example, American Historical Review: https://academic.oup.com/ahr/article-abstract/122/1/254/2967284/Michal-Shapira-The-War-Inside-Psychoanalysis-Total?redirectedFrom=fulltext

and H-Net: https://historypsychiatry.com/2017/05/26/review-michal-shapira-the-war-inside-psychoanalysis-total-war-and-the-making-of-the-democratic-self-in-post-war-britain-cambridge-2013/

 

Shapira published articles in leading journals such as Twentieth Century British History, Medical History, History of PsychologyGender & History, Zmanim: A Historical Quarterly, Theory& Criticism, Modern Intellectual History, Psychoanalysis & History and more.

For book reviews see Isis, Journal of Modern HistoryJournal of British StudiesTwentieth Century British HistoryJournal of Social History, H-Net, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis and more.

 

Teaching

She teaches courses on Modern European History; Modern Britain; History of Medicine and of Science, History of Psychology; War and Society (the Second World War era); Jewish History; History of Childhood; Intellectual History; History of Gender and Sexuality

 

Recent Courses

The Second World War as Total War

History of Gender in Europe, 1789-Present

Europe in the Age of Total War, 1900-1950

History of Modern Europe

History of Medicine and Psychology in Britain and Europe

History of Britain, 1688 to the Present

History of Sexuality, 1700-Present

History of Childhood in Britain and Europe

History of Psychoanalysis and Psychology

 

Other Media

Shapira has given talks on BBC Radio. She occasionally writes for Haaretz, see for example:

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium.MAGAZINE-hitler-married-us-jewish-life-in-post-wwii-german-dp-camps-1.5460672

https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/.premium.MAGAZINE-the-battlefield-transcripts-stalin-deemed-too-true-to-publish-1.5448814

 

For the History and Psychoanalysis during the Postwar Period Conference see: 

http://societyoffellows.columbia.edu/events/history-and-psychoanalysis-during-the-postwar-period/

 

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