Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Diversity and Social Conflict

Dr. Irit Dekel

Dr. Irit Dekel

Irit Dekel works in cultural sociology on collective memory, migration, media and democratic plurality.


She received her PhD in Sociology from the New School for Social Research in 2008, MA in Sociology from the New School for Social Research; BA and MA in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University. Dekel studies memory politics and diversity around Holocaust memory in Germany, the idea and experience of home and exile in Israel and Germany and debates in regard to religious, ethnic and cultural pluralism in Europe.





Dekel I. 2013 Mediation at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies Series.


Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Dekel I. 2018 “Quoting and telling: The Mediating Techniques of Tour Guides in German Home Museums Ethnologica Europaea: a Journal of European Ethnology 48:2 82-95.

Dekel I. 2017 “On the Unknown Soldier Symbol in Israeli Culture" Studies in Judaism, Humanities and the Social Sciences 1:1 85-100.

Dekel I. and Vinitzly-Seroussi V. 2017 “A living place: On the sociology of atmosphere in home museums”, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 4:3, 336-362.

Dekel I & Tota A.L 2017 Editorial, European Journal of Cultural and Political Sociology, 4:3, 243-251

Dekel I. 2016 “Subjects of Memory? Holocaust Memory in two German Historical Museums” in Dapim: Studies on the Holocaust Vol. 30

Dekel, I. 2016. “The Void keeps growing”: Traumatic space in the Transformation of The Peace and Democracy Watch from Elite to an Enclave”. Davidovitch, Alberstein & Zalashik (Eds.) Trauma’s Omen: Israeli studies on Identity, Memory and Representation. Hakibbutz Hameuchad -Sifriat Poalim Publishing Group [Hebrew].

Dekel, I. and Katriel T. 2015 „Krieg dem Kriege": The Berlin Anti-War-Museum as a Multilayered Site of Memory in Anna Reading and Tamar Katriel (Eds.) Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggle: Powerful Times (Palgrave Macmillan).

Dekel I. 2014 “Jews and Other Others at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin” Anthropological Journal of European Culture Volume 23(2) 71-84.

Dekel, I. 2011. “Mediated Space, Mediated Memory: New Archives at the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin” in Motti Neiger, Oren Meyers and Eyal Zandberg (eds.) On Media Memory. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

Dekel, I. 2009. “Ways of looking: Observation and transformation at the Holocaust Memorial, Berlin”. Memory Studies 2:1, 71-86.