Shulamit Almog (summer term 2018)
Shulamit Almog is a Full Professor of Law at the University of Haifa, and Co-Director of the Center of Law, Gender and Policy.
Her interests are law and culture, law and literature, law and film, feminist legal studies and children's rights.
Prof. Almog investigates the links between law and culture from two perspectives. One is mapping the inter-relations of law and the humanities in general, and law and literature in particular. Another is a pragmatic integration of cultural studies insights with human rights issues, particularly as it pertains to the rights of women and children. Prof. Almog’s work reflects a belief that a rigorous intellectual framework, focused on the power of narrative, can inform policy in these areas, in ways that can lead towards very real improvements in peoples' lives.
Prof. Almog’s book trilogy -- Law and Literature (2000), Law and Literature in the Digital Age (2007), and Law and Film (2012), lays out an investigation of the ways in which diverse cultural representations have affected, currently affect, and are expected to affect the manner in which the law is shaped, perceived, and executed.
Prof. Almog was invited as a Guest Lecturer to several universities around the globe, including Monash University, the University of Toronto, American University, Masaryk University, the University of Helsinki and Bocconi University.
One of Prof. Almog’s most important scholarly objectives is the development of a feminist critique of Israeli law and the promotion of women’s rights. Prostitution is one topic she has covered extensively in recent years. Prof. Almog proposes a conceptualization of the harm prostitution renders as a ‘social infamy tax’, bearing severe implications that are ignored by the law. Her articles in this field have examined the dialectical relations between prostitution and employment law, considered prostitution as a trauma unrecognized by both the law and society, and presented the battle between prostitution’s representations in popular culture and the manner in which these representations have, in turn, affected the law. Prof. Almog engaged in extensive public advocacy on this issue. Some of her work was presented at the Knesset, and she appeared before several of its committees. In recent years, her work has inspired parliamentary bill concerned with reforming the treatment of prostitution in Israeli law, which is currently under deliberation. She has also served as a member of the committee which awards Israel’s annual award to individuals and authorities involved in the struggle against human trafficking.