Tal Nitsan is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology studying the intersections between gender, violence, law and society focusing on Latin America.
Since 2003 Tal has been focusing on peace and wartime violence against women and since 2007 she has based her work in Guatemala. She is specifically interested in the influence of international, regional and local discourses, ideas and funds on the different ways women activists understand violence against women in Guatemala and, accordingly, the different modes of action they choose to struggle against this violence. She is currently in the process of writing her PhD dissertation, which explores the practice of (Women’s) Human Rights in Guatemala, more specifically, on the practices used by women’s organizations and independent feminists to promote, develop, and socialize ideas of women and human rights in the country, and secure life free of violence to Guatemalans.
Tal holds an MA in Sociology & Social Anthropology and a BA in Latin American Studies and Sociology & Social Anthropology from Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Supervisor: Professor Bruce Miller, Department of Anthropology, UBC
Committee: Gaston Gordillo, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UBC; Juanita Sundberg Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, UBC
Selected Research Contributions
2012 The Body that Writes: Reflections on the Process of Writing about Wartime
Rape Avoidance in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. In Rape in Wartime. R.
Branche, I. Delpla, J. Horne, P. Lagrou, D. Palmieri and F. Virgili eds. Pp:
153-168. London: Macmillan.
2011 Réponses publiques à un texte académique sur la rareté du viol dans le conflit
Israélo- Palestinien. In Les viols en temps de guerre: une histoire à écrire. R.
Branche, I. Delpla, J. Horne, P. Lagrou, D. Palmieri et F. Virgili eds. Pp:
159-176. Paris: Payot.
2008 (with Birky Emily) Who Owns Padre Guillermo’s Memory: Questioning
Material, Cultural, and Intellectual Propertyal. Voices: Engaging Local and
2007 Controlled Occupation: The Rarity of Military Rape in the Israeli-Palestinian
Conflict Shaine Working Papers Vol. 12. Jerusalem: The Shaine Center for
Research in Social Science.
2007 Questioning Cultural Boundaries- Faye Turney and the Manipulation of
Stereotypes. Views from the Edge. Occasional Working Papers. Vol. 15 (1):
2007 Reflections on Methodology and Ethics of doing Anthropology of the
Absence of Violence “At Home.” Humans: Anthropological Perspectives on
2013 Turning a Motto into a Reality: La violencia contra
la mujer es un delito; Y
el femicidio también! Paper
presented at the Latin American Studies
Towards a New Social Contract? Washington DC.
2013 Guatemaltecas, Contemporary Politics and the Legacy of
the Peace Accords.
Paper presented at the Latin American Studies Association Meeting:
a New Social Contract? Washington DC.
2013 Here I Am: Entering the Field and
Managing Identity. Paper presented as part of the 'Fieldwork in
Difficult Settings' Series. Liu Institute for Global Issues, B.C.
2012 Born by Fire, Raised by Fire - The (Trans/National)
Guatemalan Feminist Movement.
Paper presented at the American Anthropological Association: Borders and
San Francisco, CA.
2012 Guatemalan Feminists' Anti Violence Performances. Latin American Studies
Graduate Workshop, UBC.
2012 Witches' Sabbath: Guatemalan Feminists' Anti Violence Performances.
Presented in the Latin American Studies Association Conference: Toward a
Third Century of Independence in Latin America, San Francisco, California.
2012 Move it all Up: Butterflies, Witches, and Hope. Presented as part of panel at
an art installation on the topic at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, B.C.
2011 Taking Space to Make Space for HERstories of Violence in Guatemala. Presented in the American Anthropological Association Meeting: Traces, Tidemarks and Legacies. Montreal, Quebec.
2011 Guatemala: Anti Violence Performances. Presented in Methods and Ethics of
Researching in Conflict Zones Series. Liu Institute for Global Issues, B.C.
2011 Here I am. AGSA Talk Series. Department of Anthropology, UBC.
2011 Glawcalized: The Guatemalan Law against Femicide as a meeting point between Global and Local, Presented in the Law Graduate Students Conference: Creative Law, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC.
2011 Making it Right: Developing Women’ s Rights in Post-Conflict Guatemala, Presented in the Latin America Research Group Workshop. Victoria, BC.
2010 Femicide in Guatemala – Glocal Reactions to Glocal Causes. Presented in the American Anthropological Association Meeting: Circulations. New Orleans, LA.
2010 Developing Women's Rights in Guatemala through the Legacy of Human Rights Violations. Presented in the Latin American Studies Association Conference: Crisis Response Recovery, Toronto, Canada.
2009 The Space of Legal Change. Presented in the Canadian Anthropology Society / American Ethnological Society Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
2009 The Body that Writes. Rape in Wartime: A History to be Written, Presented in the Colloque International, Institute Historique Allemand, Paris.
2008 Questioning the Public Arena as a Space for the Construction of Women's Political Subjectivity. Presented in the American Anthropological Association Meeting. San Francisco, California.
2008 Dead Women Walking – The Systematic Killing of Women in Contemporary Guatemala. Presented in the Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies Conference. University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
2008 Visible/Invisible Aspects of Violence in contemporary Guatemala. Presented in the Northwest
Anthropological Conference, Victoria, British Columbia.
2008 Who Owns Padre Guillermo’s Memory? Presented in the Anthropology Graduate Students Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
2007 Questioning Cultural Boundaries- Faye Turney and the Manipulation of Stereotypes. Presented in the Women Studies Graduate Students Conference, University of British Columbia.
2007 Reflections on Methodology and Ethics of doing Anthropology of the Absence of Violence "At Home." Presented in the Anthropology Graduate Students Conference, University of British Columbia.
2006 Medical and Legal Discourse as Regulating the Body of the Rape-victim, Presented in The Israeli Anthropological Association Meeting, Bar Ilan University.
2004 Who needs the Ethic Code?, Presented in the Israeli Anthropological Association Meeting, Ben-Gurion Institute.
Public Talks, Invited Lectures and other Projects:
2012 Ni el la calle, ni el la cama: Protesting intimate violence in Public. Presented at Common Threads: Photographs on Cultural Resistance in the Philippians and Guatemala. UBC Global Lounge, BC.
2012 Here i am: Doing Ethnographic Research in Guatemala. Presented as part of "An Evening in Guatemala." UBC Global Lounge, BC.
2012 Move it all Up. Art Installation. Presented at the Lobby Gallery, Liu Institute
for Global Issues, B.C.
2010 Killer's Paradise: Femicide in Postwar Guatemala. Green College's Member Series. Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
2009 Beyond Margaret Thatcher: Do Women Leaders Matter?” International Woman's Day 2009. Green College, University of British Columbia.
2008 Killer's Paradise: Femicide in Postwar Guatemala. St. John’s College's Documentary Series. St. John’s College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
2008 Femicide. International women's week. Green College, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
2003 The Empowerment Process of Women Political Exiles from Latin American, The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2012 The Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship
on Gender and Human Rights, The Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice,
University of Texas School of Law.
2007 The Shaine Prize for Masters’ Thesis,
The Shaine Center for Research in the Social Sciences, Hebrew University
Israeli Sociological Society, Masters’ Thesis Award.