My PhD project examines the friendship ties created and practised by Scottish activist girls and analyses how the meanings ascribed to these social bonds help shape girls’ political perceptions and actions. Using ethnography, creative participatory methods and interviews, I explore how adolescent girls’ friendships, which are traditionally thought of as personal, are conceived and played out in political and activist settings; how these activist friendships contend, and possibly challenge, with popular notions around girls’ friendships and political participation; and what kind of gendered, activist, ethical and (possibly) feminist subject the girls shape through their friendships.
M.A., Sociology and Anthropology; Track: Socio-Cultural Anthropology, Tel Aviv University (Summa Cum Laude), 2018
Thesis title: 'Friendship in the Classroom and ‘Classroom Friendship’: Discourses and Performances of Friendship between Elementary School Girls'
B.A., Sociology and Anthropology; The Multidisciplinary Program in the Humanities (Summa Cum Laude), Tel Aviv University, 2015
Assan, T. T. (2019). Review of the book Girls and their bodies: voice, presence, absence, by E. Lachover, E. Peled & M. Komem. Israeli Sociology, 20(1), 146-148 [Hebrew].
Intercultural Youth Scotland Ambassadors and Assan, T. T. (2021). The Impact of Racism and Race on Young Black and People of Colour Scots’ Mental Health Needs. Intercultural Youth Scotland.
Intercultural Youth Scotland. (2020). Mapping the Young Person’s Journey with Young Black and Young People of Colour in Scotland. (Researcher Role).
Hemady, C. & Assan, T. T. (2020). Covid in Colour: The Experiences of Young Black and People of Colour Scots During the Pandemic. Intercultural Youth Scotland.
Assan, T.T. (2020). ‘Listening to Young People during Covid-19 Challenges Common Adult Assumptions about Their Peer Relationships’. The Centre for Research on Families and Relationships Blog. June 29th 2020
Interviewed about M.A. thesis in ‘Textmania’ Podcast. KAN – Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation. July 2017 [Hebrew].
Awards and Scholarships
Graduate School of Social and Political Science International Award scholarship, 2019-present
College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science College Research Award studentship, 2019-present
Israeli Anthropological Association’s Max Gluck Memorial Prize for Best M.A. Thesis, 2019
Jonathan Shapira Fund scholarship for thesis research proposal, 2017
M.A excellence scholarship, 2018
Rector’s Excellence in Teaching Award, 2017
M.A. tuition scholarship, 2015, 2016
B.A. excellence scholarship, 2013, 2014, 2015
B.A. Dean’s list, 2013, 2014, 2015
‘Exploring Intersections of Friendship and Political Participation in Girls’ Lives’, Sociologically DistancED: New Directions Conference, The University of Edinburgh, May 2021
‘Friendship in the Classroom and Classroom Friendship: Discourses and Performances of Friendship between Girls in Elementary School’, Sociology and Anthropology of Education Research Students’ Conference, Tel Aviv University, June 2019
‘”It Didn’t Come From the Heart”: Intersections of the Emotional Discourse and the Friendship Discourse in the Elementary School’, the 47th Annual Conference of the Israeli Anthropological Association, Beer Sheva, May 2019
‘Friendship in the Classroom and Classroom Friendship: Discourses and Performances of Friendship between Girls in Elementary School’, Haifa Workshop for Performance Conference, Haifa University, June 2018
‘”She is Not a True Friend”: Drawing Social Borders Through the Discourse of Friendship in an Israeli Elementary School’, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion International Conference, Brunel University London, June 2017
‘”Are You My Friend?”: Contradictory Responsibilities and Commitments in Researching Girls’, The Annual Interdisciplinary Conference for Research Students Hosted by the Sociology and Anthropology Department, Tel Aviv University, June 2017
‘Being a Good Friend: Understanding and Constructing Friendship between Girls in Elementary School’, ‘Gender Crossing Borders’ Conference, Women and Gender Studies Program, Tel Aviv University, May 2017
Teaching and Professional Experience
Tutor, ‘Sociology of Emotions’, Sociology Department, University of Edinburgh, 2021
Teaching Assistant, ‘Sociology Postgraduate Research Seminar’, Sociology Department, University of Edinburgh, 2020
Research Assistant to Dr. Michal Kravel-Tovi, 2015-2018
Tutor, ‘Introduction to Anthropology’, Sociology and Anthropology Department, Tel Aviv University, 2015-2018
Teaching Assistant, ‘Introduction to the Sociology of Education’, Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, 2017
Tutor, ‘Introduction to Sociology’, Sociology and Anthropology Department, Tel Aviv University, 2014-2016