Gökce Yurdakul is Georg Simmel Professor of Diversity and Social Conflict at the Humboldt University and the co-chair in the Berlin Institute of Migration and Integration Research. She has published books and articles on immigrant integration, citizenship, Islam in Europe and issues of Muslim women in Western Europe and North America. Her most recent book is “The Headscarf Debates: Conflict in National Narratives” (2014, Stanford University Press, with Anna Korteweg; translated into German “Kopftuch_Debatten in Europa” by transcript Verlag, 2016).
Shai Lavi, the director of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, is a professor in the Faculty of Law at Tel Aviv University, the director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the co-director of the Minerva Center for the Study of End of Life. He earned his first and second degrees in law and sociology at Tel Aviv University and his doctorate in law at the University of California, Berkeley. His area of specialization is the sociology of law and legal theory; he explores bioethical issues from historical and contemporary perspectives, with an emphasis on the use of technology in the beginning of life and at its end. He also engages in comparative research—in Germany, Turkey, and Israel—on issues related to legal regulation of the body and the tension between religion and secularity.
Gala Rexer is the project’s research coordinator. She is a PhD candidate at the Institute of Social Sciences, Humboldt University Berlin with a dissertation project entitled “Reproducing Bodies in Times of Crisis: Body Politics of Assisted Reproduction in the UK, Germany and Israel”. She studied Social Sciences at Humboldt University and completed a semester abroad at Tel Aviv University (Middle Eastern Studies). Gala Rexer worked as student and research assistant at German Institute of Urban Affairs (Difu) and the department of Diversity and Social Conflict, Humboldt University and is a feminist freelance journalist. Her research interests include postcolonial and feminist theories, biopolitics, (post)secularism, reproductive technologies, and sociology of the body.
Since spring 2016, Shvat Eilat has been research assistant of Prof. Shai Lavi in the project. Since October 2015 she works as teaching assistant and academic tutor at the Sociology and Anthropology department, Tel Aviv University. Currently, she is about to finish her MA in Social Anthropology at Tel Aviv University with a thesis entitled: „To have a grave of her own: Israeli mothers and their claim for just burial for their stillborn children”. Furthermore, Shvat Eilat is a social worker and worked with people with severe Alzheimer’s disease, in long-term institutional care for elderly and end of life care. Her research interests involve death and burial in bureaucratic spaces, institutional rituals of bodies and body materials disposal, legal and state personhood, and legal conduct of bodies.
Morgana Karch is currently finishing her M.A. in European media studies at the University of Potsdam with a focus on art and norms after attaining a B.A. in art history and cultural studies. In the research project, she transcribes and translates interview material on abortion and male circumcision in Germany.
Burcu Halaç completed her undergraduate studies in the Translation and Interpreting Department at Bogazici University and continues her graduate studies in the Sociology Department, focusing on the social construction of virginity via gynecological practices. She works as a free-lance translator and editor. Burcu Halaç conducted, transcribed and translated interviews on abortion in Turkey and was involved in compiling the project’s literature database.
David conducted interviews on abortion in Germany and was involved in compiling the project’s literature database.