The 2019-20 Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Angy Cohen was born and raised in Madrid, Spain and moved to Israel in 2014. She has a BA in Psychology and a MA in Philosophy. She received her PhD in 2017 by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Universidad Autónoma of Madrid in a Joint PhD program. Her doctoral dissertation was a comparative ethnographic study of the relation between memory and identity among Spanish-Moroccan Jews that emigrated to Israel and Argentina. She studied the impact the experience of immigration had on the memories the interviewees evoked in the interviews. Angy Cohen has received different fellowships and awards, including the Gaon Prize for research projects about Judeo-Spanish culture and the Rothschild (Hanadiv) doctoral fellowship.
Besides her academic activities, she is a member of the Beit Midrash (House of Learning) Arevot, lead by Sephardi women who explore Sephardi answers to the challenges of Modernity.
During her stay at the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies she will be preparing the publication of her PhD dissertation and working on the Spanish-Moroccan religious attitudes in the context of the encounter of Sephardi Judaism and Modernity as it occurred during the colonial period in Morocco.