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Dr. Lily Eilan

2023 - 2026

Postdoc, Center for Transcultural Studies and University of Jewish Studies, Heidelberg University

Research project: "Frontier Histories of Palestine, Israel and Lebanon 1926-1982", as part of the project "Beyond Conflict and Coexistence: Towards an Entangled History of Jewish-Arab Relations" under the direction of Prof. Johannes Becke.


Diversity Unit and Teaching Unit for Teaching and Learning (TLU), Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Diversity in Pedagogy Officer. Planning and implementation of university-wide faculty intervention plans: adapted curricula, courses, support and intervention programs for faculty teaching in diverse classes.


College of Jewish Studies, Heidelberg University - Lecturer in the course "Jewish-Arab Relations in Mandate Palestine"


Faculty of Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Lecturer and course coordinator in the lead course and program "Gateway to the Academy" for Palestinian freshmen at the Faculty of Humanities. Involved in faculty and university-wide measures to integrate Palestinian students in teaching, classrooms and on campus.


Amirim Interdisciplinary Honors Program in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Lecturer in the course "Arabic and Islamic Thought in the Modern Age".

2016 - January 2023

PhD, Institute of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

Dissertation: "Social History of the Western Galilee 1936-1976" under the supervision of Prof. Liat Kozma and Prof. Hillel Cohen.

2011 - 2013

MPhil (with distinction), Faculty of Oriental Studies, Modern Middle Eastern Studies, Oxford University, UK.

Master's thesis: 'Communists, Pragmatists and Bureaucrats: Christian Palestinians in Kafr Yasif" under the supervision of Prof. James McDougall

2007- 2010

B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies (with distinction), Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Lily Eilan. (2020) Paradise Lost: Land and Labor in 1950s Galilee. Arab Studies Journal, (28:1) 84-111.

  • "Shooting and Crying? Jewish Kibbutzim's relations to Palestinians in the western Galilee before and after 1948", AIS and EAIS joint conference, Prague, July 2024 (forthcoming).
  • "The Sacred tie between the Druze and the Jews? "A reevaluation", The Hochschule für Jüdische Studien seminar, Heidelberg University, June 2024 (forthcoming).
  • "Palestinian Israeli history through the 1948 divide", panelist in "Periodization and Time in History: Perspectives from Germany, Europe and the Middle East", Cambridge University, March 2023.
  • "I'm a son of this area: History of the Western Galilee between 1936 and the 1950s", panelist in "Is there an Israeli history without Palestinian history" International workshop at Van Leer Institute, September 2022.
  • "A Tale of Two Towns: Shifting Agricultural Practices between Palestine and Israel", panelist in the Panel "Agriculture in the wake of war", Agricultural History Society Annual Meeting 1-5.6.2021.
  • "Paradise Lost: The Western Galilee Following 1948 ", MEISAI annual meeting June 2021.
  • "In Between Palestinian Al-Bassa and Israeli Shlomi: The Story of a Place between the 1940s and 1950s", panellist in the panel "Acre and the Western Galilee as a Mixed Area 1930-1960", The 23rd Annual Galilee new Research Conference, Tel Hai College, April 2021.
  • "The Western Galilee-Underlying Histories of Current Tensions", open public lecture, Clil, May 2021.
  • "Like Two Overlapping Layers of Film: The Kabri Junction Following 1948 as a Case Study ", A Lecture given in the Departmental seminar, Department of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies-Haifa University, November 2020.
  • "The Western Galilee during the 1950s: A Case Study ", The Annual Doctorate Program Conference-Jack Josef and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities", May 2019.
  • "The Arab Stared at Me and Didn't let Go", Israel in the first Decade, Socio-Historical Studies Conference, Hebrew University, January 2018.

Contact details

Dr. Lily Eilan
Karl Jaspers Center
Voßstraße 2, Building 4400
Room 400.02.08
69115 Heidelberg

+49 (0) 6221 54 4315