Why choose the anthropology department at the University of Haifa?

Unique Adventure

The department at the University of Haifa is one of a kind. Only at Haifa can you study anthropology ‘in its own right’ or as we say in Hebrew – ‘netto’, as part of a diverse student body. The department combines a strong foundation in social science with a humanistic perspective, attracting students from a wide range of scholarly fields and backgrounds. In addition, semi-applied tracks, opening in the near future, promise to create interfaces between anthropology and biomedicine, mental health, and social activism towards aiming for social change.


Meet Our Incoming Students


Grete Erckmann

Grete Erckmann, psychologist, PhD student at University of Vienna, Department of Education (Biography, Education and Society). My PhD project "Living Youth in urban 'problem neighborhoods' - a biographical and ethnographical research" is designed as a participatory research project. With this special focus - through the life stories of socially marginalized young people and through field research in so called "problem neighborhoods" -  it is possible to analyze power structures in their interconnectedness from the perspective of those affected. Of special interest are interrelations of different dimensions of social inequality (e.g. class, gender, ethnicity/ "race", religion) and how they appear in the narratives of (young) people. During my stay in University of Haifa I would like to focus on the analysis and presentation of my already completed field research. I am very much interested in exchange with other researchers, discussing methodological questions that arise regarding a possible combination of different types of material/ data (documents, interview transcipts, field notes,...) and ways of presenting "results".


Hatice Soeylemez

I am a PhD student at the University of Zurich, Social Anthropology and Popular Culture Department. My PhD research is on the glocalization of alternative education initiatives, particularly the cooperative democratic schooling models, in Turkey as a new social movement. Israel is quite prominent in education reform discussions, alternative education movements and democratic education. The democratic school in Hadera was known as the first school in the world labelled as ‘democratic’. The founder of the school, Yaacov Hecht was very influential on the export of ‘democratic education’ as a model to Turkey. During my stay in Haifa, I would like to visit Hadera democratic school and other schools, talk with people who are pioneer in the field of democratic education, social movements and local applications of global education models, and to place my research in its global context by observing the practices of democratic schools in Israel.