Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Michael Feige, 1957-2016

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Michael Feige, 1957-2016

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A sociologist and anthropologist who investigated some of the most challenging aspects of Israeli society has died.

Michael Feige was born in Jerusalem on 5 July 1957 and studied for his BA in sociology and international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1983).

He remained there for an MA (1990) and a PhD in sociology and anthropology (1996). He then moved in 1997 to Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) as a lecturer on the Israel Studies Program and was promoted to tenured senior lecturer in 2006. He also served in recent years as head of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

In 1982, while still a student, Dr Feige went to the settlement of Yamit in the Sinai Peninsula to witness its evacuation, as agreed in Israel's 1979 peace treaty with Egypt. His main memory, he told the newspaper Haaretz in 2005, was watching "the sand that started to cover the city from the moment the city council ceased operating. The sand crept over the roads and there was a feeling that the city had started to disappear under the desert."

A member of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism, Dr Feige devoted much of his subsequent research to "collective memory in Israel" and thereby touched on some of the critical fault lines in society. …

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