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Blind women see gender: gender performance among blind women
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Israel
University Lecture and Study

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev is one of the leading research universities in Israel and in many of the world's leading universities.

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The University has three major campuses: the Marcus Campus in Be'er Sheva, which covers 250 dunams and 170,000 square meters of built-up area; A campus for research in Sde Boker and a campus in Eilat that spreads over 50 dunams

How do blindly born women shape, maintain, and maintain perceptions about gender, femininity, blindness, and disability? What are the main challenges that arise from their social status as women, blind, and handicapped? And what are multidisciplinary research alternatives that this group proposes to conceptualize their gender identity? In these and other questions I will discuss my lecture, which is based on my doctoral dissertation on gender identity of blind women and cultural representations of vision and blindness in the public sphere in Israel.

The lecture will discuss the gender paraphrasing of women who manage their daily lives and "do gender" based on other senses of sight and give special meaning to vocal and tactile experiences. On the one hand, they may be "free" from images and dictates and visuals, as if they were not "born into sight," and at the same time are subject to extreme discipline of their bodies as a result of their position in the position of the panoptic subject.

I will present how blindness has the potential to expose and undermine hidden cultural norms and arrangements and become an arena in which new structures of meaning exist, undermining defined binary categories. These insights may also help to decipher gender perceptions among observant women and men, as well as to re-understand the prying eyes, with a unique combination of "feminist disability studies" and research in visual culture and anthropology of the senses.

Gili Hammer is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and a dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Hebrew University. Her research, led by Prof. Tamar Elor and Dr. Aziza Kazum, deals with gender identity among blind women and cultural representations of vision and blindness in the Israeli public space, based on three years of ethnographic research, including interviews with blind women and fieldwork in education, rehabilitation, Employment, and art that combine blind and visually impaired people with their activities and present blindness to the general public.

Helen Diller Family Center (Building 74), Room 301
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
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POBox 653 Beer-Sheva 8410501 Israel

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