Billie Melman is Professor of Modern History, Henri Glasberg Chair of European Studies and was Director of the School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University. Her fields of teaching and research have been British and Western European cultural and social history, popular culture with a recent emphasis on visual history, colonialism and gender. She has written extensively on colonialism and culture, orientalism and cross cultural relations in the age of modern empires, gender, total war and collective memory, popular representations of the past and the history of London. She received her BA in History (Summa Cum Laude) at Tel Aviv University and her Ph.D. at University College, University of London.
Billie Melman received the Landau Prize for the Sciences and Research (Landau Foundation) in 2006, was Allon Fellow between 1986 and 1990, Visiting Fellow at the Center for European Studies at Harvard University (1990-91) and Associate and Visiting Professor at the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan (1993-4). Time Out described her as “A teacher for life. one of the best five lecturers at Tel Aviv University”.
She was a founding member and the first Chair of the Section of Gender and Women’s History of the Historical Society of Israel. She has lectured at various universities, including the universities of Harvard, Berkeley, Michigan, Illinois, at Urbana, Brandeis, Cambridge, University of London, Sussex University, Bristol, FU Berlin, Nicosia and Prague. She participated in the NHIST project of the European Science Foundation (“Representations of the Past: The Writing of National Histories in Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Europe”, ESF). She is editor of Historia and a member of the editorial board of History and Memory and Zmanim.
modern imperialism and colonialism and culture (with an emphasis on Britain and the British Empire), popular culture , visual urban cultures, the history of London and Paris, representations of the past and collective memory, World War 1, gender
1972-76 B.A. in History, Tel Aviv University, Summa Cum Laude (awarded 1978)
1977-79 Graduate studies, Tel Aviv University, Modern History, direct Ph.D. track
1980-84 Ph.D., University College, University of London.
Title of Doctoral Dissertation: “Superfluous Woman, Flapper, Nymph: Women and the Popular Imagination, 1918-1928” Supervisor: John Sutherland, Lord Northcliffe Professor of English Literature and Language, University College, University of London.
2013 - Member, TAU Steering Strategic Committee
2011- 2013 Tel Aviv University, Member of the Board of Governors
2012 - Rector Lectures: "Paris and London: The Biographies of Two Cities, 1800-2012"
2006-2010 Tel Aviv University, Member of the Senate
2008 - 2013 Tel Aviv University, Director, School of Historical Studies
2005- Tel Aviv University, Professor of History
1998- Tel Aviv University, Associate Professor of History
1993-94 University of Michigan, Institute for the Humanities, Norman Freehling Visiting Professor
1991-97 Tel Aviv University, Senior Lecturer in Modern History
1990-91 Harvard University, Visiting Fellow, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies
1986-1991 Tel Aviv University, Alon Fellow and Lecturer in Modern History
1984-86 Tel Aviv University, Visiting Lecturer in History
1979-80 Tel Aviv University, Teaching and Research Assistant in History
1978-79 Tel Aviv University, Teaching Assistant in History
B. Melman with Stefan Berger and Chris Lorenz (eds.), Popularizing National Pasts, 1800 to the Present, London, Routledge, 2012
B. Melman, London, 1800-1960: People, place and Empire, Tel Aviv, IDF Publications,Broadcast University (based on a series of thirteen radio lectures) [Hebrew], 2009, Second Edition 2014
B. Melman, The Culture of History: English Uses of the Past, 1800-1953, Oxford and New York, Oxford University Press, 2006
For a description of the book click here For reviews click here and scroll down
B. Melman, Women’s Orients: English Women and the Middle East 1718-1918S exuality, Religion and Work, Second Revised and Extended Edition, London, Macmillan, 1995
(Chapter 11 reprinted in , Orientalism: A Reader, Alexander Lyon Macfie (ed.) New York, New York University Press, 2001)
B. Melman, Women’s Orients: English Women and the Middle East 1718-1918 Sexuality, Religion and Work, London, Macmillan, 1992
B. Melman (ed.), Borderlines: Genders and Identities in War and Peace 1870-1930, New York and London, Routledge, 1998
B. Melman, Women and the Popular Imagination in the Twenties: Flappers and Nymphs, London, Macmillan, 1988
Billie Melman, "Horror and Pleasure: History, Culture and Modernity in the Long Nineteenth Century", Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Proceedings, vol. 9, no.8, 177-205, 2013.
Billie Melman, "The Power of the Past: History and Modernity in the Victorian World" in Martin Hewitt ed., The Victorian World, New York and London, Routledge repr. 2013.
Billie Melman, "Horror and Pleasures. Visual Histories, Sensationalism and Modernity", Geschichte und Gesellschaft, 37:1, 2011, 26-46
- Empires: "West" & "East" from the 18th Century to the Present
- In Western Eyes: Colonialism Culture & Politics 1750-1950
- Modern Cities- Paris and London, 1848-1950
- Women, Men and Modernity: history and gender, 1700 to the present
- Society, Culture and Politics in Western Europe in the nineteenth century
- War, Memory and Identity, 1914 to the present
- The Great War: Memory and Modernity
- Under Western Eyes: Colonialism, Culture and Society, 1750-1950
- London- 1800 to the Present: Life, Culture and Society
- The New Woman and the New Man: Gender and Culture, 1700-1950
Academic and Professional Awards and Prizes (including Fellowships, Grants and Sponsoring of Group Projects):
2007 Landau Prize (Mifal Hapais prize) for the sciences and research, History of Europe
2005 One of the ‘Five Best Lecturers at Tel Aviv University’ chosen by Time Out, Special Students issue, ‘The Chosen: A Good Teacher is a Teacher for Life’, Time Out (May, 2005)
1994-5 Grant for the writing of Borderlines volume, Institute for German History and Chair for Comparative Studies, Tel Aviv University
1993-94 Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Associate
1993-94 Institute for the Humanities, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI, Norman Freehling Professor and Fellow
1989-1900 Harvard University, Center for European Studies, Visiting Fellowship
1988 Institute for German History, the Wiener Library, Wiener Fellowship for research in comparative history
1986-89 Alon Fellowship and Lectureship, outstanding doctoral thesis in history and ensuing book
1981 Arrane award for outstanding scholarship, financing doctoral studies at UCL
1980-83 Arrane Graduate School of History, Fred Lessing Fellowship, financing doctoral studies at UCL (University College, University of London)
1979 Arrane Graduate School of History, Arrane Scholarship
PhDs dissertations supervised:
Elia Etkin, Neighbors, Neighborhoods and Neighborly Relations - Urban Life in Palestine/Israel, Circa 1940-1960, 2013-
Hadas Fisher-Rosenberg, Total War in an Imperial Periphery: WW2 in Palestine - Government, Society and Culture, 2013-
Noa Kaufman, Little Irelands: Representations of Irishness in Britain: 1880-1945, 2011-
Hagit Krik, Colonial Lives in Palestine, 1920-1948: British Society and Culture in a Mandate Territory, 2010-
Lee Michael, Representing Murder in London, 1880-1914, 2009-
Hemi Sheinblat, "Catching America": The Americanization of Israeli Society 1958-1967, 2009-
Sivan Blaslev, Changing Masculinities in Iran: Gender, Class, Nationalism and Modernization, circa 1870-1940, 2008-
Atalia Shragai, Between Gringos and Tico: U.S. Settlers in Costa Rica, 1945-1980, 2007- 2014
Moshe Elhanati, Respectable Displays: The Industrial Exhibitions of Working People-Leisure, Hobby and Self-Representation, Britain 1864-1873, 2002-2008
Dafna Hirsh, "We are Here to Bring the West" - Hygiene Education in the Jewish Community of Mandate Palestine, 2001-2006
Liora Hendelman Baavur, The Gender of Modernity: the Women's Press and Representation of Women in Iranian Popular Culture 1963-1979, 2000-2006
Post-Docs currently supervised
Barbara Gribling (Ph.D. University of York), "Selling the Middle Ages in British Popular Culture"
Ta. Zalmanovitch (PhD, Rutgers Univesity), "The Digital Aftermath of TV: Technology and the Past in Britain circa 1950 to the Present"
MA dissertations supervised
Uri Schroeter, Popular and High Culture in Interwar Paris: Race, Modernity and Jaz, 2014-
Avner Tsamir, Milk: A Cultural History of a "National" Drink - Palestine, Circa 1920 - 1948, 2013-
Or Heller, Writing Total War: World War I Military Correspondents on the Western Front, 2012-
Elia Etkin, "Wonder of Wonders Zoo, There is No Zoo Like You", The Tel-Aviv Zoo, 1938-1958, 2011- 2013
Hadas Fischer-Rosenberg, Well-Dressed Men: Gender, Nationality and Empire in Urban Jewish Palestine, 1920-1948, 2011- 2013
Ruth Fleishman, "Keen on Sports, Tall with Dark Hair": Hegemonic Masculinity, Representations of the Male Body and the Practice of Masculinity in Interwar England (1919-1939), 2009-2011
Barak Nagar-Levi, Between Man and Animal: Nature, Imperialism and Hegemony in British and Hollywood Films of the 1930's and 1940's, 2008-2011
Hemi Sheinblat, Another Landscape of Childhood – Popular Juvenile Literature in Israel, 1958-1965, 2006-2009
Yossi Malki, Modernism, Nationality and Society: The Beginning of Hebrew Aviation in Palestine–Eretz Yisrael, 1932 – 1940, 2003-2006
Asia Lev, Reading and Writing Crime: Representations of Murder in English Fiction 1830-60, 2001-2003
Moshe Elhanati, Engineers and Gentlemen from Optimism to Gentlemanly Capitalism, England Circa 1840-70, 1999-2001