Senior lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies. My research interests include the anthropology of I'm a China anthropologist interested in the study of children and youth, schooling and education, gender and the fam... morechildhood and youth, schooling and education, gender and the family, nationalism and globalization in modern and contemporary China. I completed a BA in East Asian Studies with a China emphasis (The Hebrew University); an MA in Culture Research (Tel Aviv University); and an MA and a PhD in Anthropology (University of California, Santa Barbara [UCSB]).
I am the author of two books: Children, Rights, and Modernity in China: Raising Self-Governing Citizens (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014), and Children in China (Polity Press, 2016). (See https://scholars.huji.ac.il/ornanaftali for more information)
My current research projects include:
-An ethnographic field-project on "Education and the Formation of National Identity in China: The Effects of Schooling and 'Patriotic Education' on Youths of Different Socioeconomic Background" (funded by an ISF grant 405/12 and a Truman Institute Research Grant)
-A study of historical and contemporary constructions of gender, war and military violence in PRC cultural products for children and youth (1949-present).
During the 2016-17 academic year, I will be teaching the course, "Gender and Sexuality in China: Selected Topics". Drawing on the perspectives of social history, gender studies, and sociology and anthropology, the seminar will explore notions and practices of gender in China of the mid-20th century onwards, with the aim of developing and honing students' ability for critical thinking about the social construction of femininity and masculinity, sex and sexuality in the modern China context and beyond.