Virtual Tel Aviv: Heritage and Memory

In Spring semester 2009, selected students in Professor Mark Auslander's Anth 159a (Museums and Public Memory) and Professor Ellen Smith's NEJS 133a (Art, Artifacts and History: The Material Culture of Modern Jews) will collaborate to develop an on line virtual e-space exploring the architectural heritage of Tel Aviv. We anticipate this e-space will concentrate on architecture and city design from the years c. 1931-1956 (the years associated with the UNESCO "white city" world heritage designation of the Bauhaus/functionalist sites) although the project may develop in unanticipated directions. We hope to incorporate maps, family and architectural photographs, oral testimony, documentary film clips, paintings, literary accounts of the city, music, and other materials, highlighting the changing forms of "memory work" embedded in the city over time.

This project is developed in conjunction with the Tel Aviv Centenary conference at Brandeis, sponsored by the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, March 22-23, 2009. We hope to incorporate selected audio and video footage from the conference in the evolving website.

Please see our collaborative YouTube channel at

Student videos include:

Project Partners:

Key readings include:
  • Maoz Azaryahu. Tel Aviv: Mythography of a City. (Syracuse University Press)
  • Barbara Mann, A Place in History: Modernism, Tel Aviv and the Creation of Jewish Urban Space.(Stanford University Press)
  • S. Ilan Troen, Imagining Zion: Dreams, Designs and Realities in a Century of Jewish Settlement. (Yale University Press)

On line resources: