Gilly Hartal
senior lecturer, head of fender in the field

Dr. Gilly Hartal

Bar Ilan University

    Gilly Hartal is a senior lecturer (associate professor) in the Gender Studies Program at Bar Ilan University. She has been awarded the Israel Science Foundation (ISF) post-doctoral fellowship for 2016-2017.

    As a human geographer, Gilly address the various ways power relations shape and transform in space. Her work specifically focuses on geographies of sexualities and LGBT spaces. She investigates the way geographic space acts upon the politics of sexuality – the changing power relations within and between LGBT groups. The issues involve relations of inclusion (belonging and safety) and exclusion (alienation and power politics). As a feminist qualitative researcher, Hartal’s method is ethnographic – informed by the rich knowledge grounded in the field: personally engaging interviews, participant observations and content analysis of documents.

    Her doctoral dissertation examined the discourse on the construction of belonging and the (re)production of power relations in LGBT activist spaces, based on a field study of four such spaces in the center and periphery of Israel.

    Her post-doctoral project focused on gay tourism to Tel Aviv. The study discussed the allocation of municipal and national resources, LGBT discourse, and various interests that produce the political economy of gay tourism. The ‘Gay Tourism to Tel Aviv’ project and presented gay tourism’s implications for urban space in Israel and for the LGBT community.

    Currently, Hartal is working on a project on the political subjectivities of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women in the Israeli peripheries. 


    Power and politics of space, Politics of Belonging, Queer geography; Geographies of sexualities, Activism, protest and queer social movements, Constructions of safe space, Queer theory and politics,  Qualitative methodology - Ethnography, 

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    שם הקורס בעברית

    Course name


    מרחב, מיניות ומגדר

    Space, Sexuality Gender


    מתיאוריה לפוליטיקה קווירית

    Queer – From Theory to Politics


    החממה לאקטיביזם פמיניסטי

    Feminist Activism Habitat


    מתודולוגיה פמיניסטית

    Qualitative Feminist Methodologies


    מתודולוגיה פמיניסטית מתקדמת

    Advanced Feminist Research Methods




    Special Issue – Guest Editor

    1. Pascar, Lital, Hartal, Gilly and David, Yossi (Eds.) (2018). Queer “safe spaces”. Borderlands, 17(1).
    2. Misgav, Chen and Hartal, Gilly (Eds.) (2019). Queer urban movements from the margin(s): Activism, politics, space. Geography Research Forum (Vol. 39).


    Articles in Refereed Journals

    1. Hartal, Gilly, David, Yossi and Pascar, Lital (2014). Safe space. Mafte’akh – Lexical Review of Political Thought, 8: 93-120 [Hebrew].
    2. Hartal, Gilly (2015). Becoming periphery - Israeli LGBT “peripherialization”. ACME - An International E-Journal for Critical Geographies, 14(2): 571-597.
    3. Hartal, Gilly and Sasson-Levy, Orna (2016). Being [in] the center - Sexual citizenship and homonationalism at Tel Aviv’s Gay-Center. Sexualities, 20(5-6): 738-761. DOI: 10.1177/1363460716645807
    4. Hartal, Gilly (2016). The politics of holding - Home and LGBT visibility in contested Jerusalem. Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, 23(8): 1193-1206. DOI: 10.1080/0966369X.2015.1136813
    5. Hartal, Gilly (2018). Fragile subjectivities: Constructing queer safe spaces. Social & Cultural Geography, 19(8): 1053-1072.
    6. Hartal, Gilly and Sasson-Levy, Orna (2018). Re-reading homonationalism: An Israeli spatial perspective. Journal of Homosexuality, 65(10): 1391-1414. DOI: 10.1080/00918369.2017.1375364
    7. Hartal, Gilly (2018). Queer periphery. Theory and Criticism, 49 (Winter): 89-109 [Hebrew].
    8. Hartal, Gilly (2019). Gay tourism to Tel Aviv: Producing urban value? Urban Studies, 56(6): 1148-1164. DOI: 10.1177/0042098018755068
    9. David, Yossi, Hartal, Gilly and Pascar, Lital (2018). The right to Jerusalem: The danger of queer safe spaces. Borderlands, 17(1): 1-26.
    10. Pascar, Lital, Hartal, Gilly and David, Yossi (2018). Queering safety? An Introduction. Borderlands, 17(1): 1-11.
    11. Hartal, Gilly and Sasson-Levy, Orna (2019). Sexuality and ethnicity: Homo-Mizrahi subjectivity and queer tourism to Tel Aviv. Israeli Sociology, 6(2): 34-58 [Hebrew].
    12. Hartal, Gilly and Sasson-Levy, Orna (2019). The progressive orient: Gay tourism to Tel Aviv and Israeli ethnicities. Environment and Planning C: Politics and Space, 39(1), 11-29. DOI: 10.1177/2399654419862819
    13. Misgav, Chen and Hartal, Gilly (2019). Queer urban movements from the margin(s) – Activism, politics, space: An editorial introduction. Geography Research Forum, 38: 1-18.
    14. Hartal, Gilly and Misgav, Chen (2020). Queer urban trauma and its spatial politics: A lesson from social movements in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Urban Studies, 58(7), 1463-1483
    15. Hartal, Gilly (2020). Touring and obscuring: How sensual, embodied and haptic gay touristic practices construct the geopolitics of pinkwashing. Social & Cultural Geography.
    16. Hartal, Gilly and Misgav, Chen (2021). Urban queer trauma. Mafte’akh – Lexical Review of Political Thought, 16, 55-86 [Hebrew].
    17. Hartal, Gilly (Accepted). Homonationalism and the politics of LGBT social movements in Israel. Iyunim – An Interdisciplinary Journal for Israeli Studies [Hebrew].
    18. Mike, Koby, Hartal, Gilly and Hazzan, Orit (2021). Widening the Shrinking Pipeline: The Case of Data Science," 2021 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference. EDUCON, pp. 252-261, doi: 10.1109/EDUCON46332.2021.9453924


    Book Chapters (Refereed)

    1. Hartal, Gilly (2015). The gendered politics of absence - Homonationalism and gendered power relations in Tel Aviv’s Gay-Center. In: Kath Browne and Eduarda Ferreira (eds.), Lesbian Geographies (pp. 91-112). London: Ashgate/Gower.


    1. Sasson-Levy, Orna and Hartal, Gilly (2018). Women and the Israeli military culture: A double-edged opportunity structure. In: Stuart Cohen and Aharon Klieman (Eds.), Handbook on Israel Security (pp. 309-320). London and New York: Routledge.
    2. Misgav, Chen and Hartal, Gilly (2019). Queer movements in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem: A comparative discussion. In: Yacobi Haim and Mansour Nasara (Eds.), Routledge Handbook on Middle East Cities (pp. 57-74). New York: Routledge.
    3. Hartal, Gilly and Sasson-Levy, Orna (accepted). Middle Eastern LGBT Westernization? The case of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. In: Michael Ryan and Helen Rizzo (Eds.), Sexualities in the contemporary Middle East. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers.


    Encyclopedia articles

    1. Hartal, Gilly (2020). Israel's LGBT movement and interest groups. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics. Oxford University Press.

    Other Publications (not refereed)

    1. Hartal, Gilly and Brown, Gavin (2019). Considering geographies of sexualities, gender and activism: An interview with Professor Gavin Brown. Documents D'AnàLisi GeogràFica, 0, 1-20. DOI:
    2. Hartal, Gilly (2020). LGBT. Sociological lexicon for COVID-19 times. In: Uri Ram, Shlomo Svirsky and Nitza Berkowitz. Adva Center and Israeli Sociology.



    Last Updated Date : 27/07/2022