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Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Elian Weizman

BA Middle East History (Tel Aviv University), MA Near and Middle East Studies (SOAS); PhD (SOAS)


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Department of Politics and International Studies

Teaching Fellow

Centre for Palestine Studies (CPS)

PhD Student Associate Member

Dr Elian Weizman
Email address:
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
Thesis title:
Hegemony, Law, Resistance: The Struggle Against Zionist Hegemony in the State of Israel


Elian is a Teaching Fellow in Government and Politics of the Middle East and Israeli Politics. She is also lecturing at the department of Politics and History in Brunel University London. Dr Weizman specialises in resistance, law and hegemony and their interrelations in the Israeli context. She is also interested in Zionism, Arab-Israeli conflict, settler colonialism, conflict and resistance and law and/in society.  

PhD Research

Israel: Politics and Society; Resistance; Law and Society; Palestinian Citizens of Israel

PhD Conferences

  • 5th CEU Conference in the Social Sciences, CEU Budapest, June 2009, “The Israeli Resistance: Participation or Withdrawal?”
  • BRISMES Graduate Conference, Exeter University, September 2009, “Palestinian Resistance in Israel”
  • World Congress of Middle East Studies, Barcelona, July 2010, “Resistance to Zionism in Israel”


Courses Taught

Government and Politics of the Middle East

Israeli Politics


Elian's Research focuses on the interrelations between hegemony, law and resistance in the context of resistance to Zionism in the State of Israel. It focuses on the work of legal organisations and political parties in their attempt to utilise the law in order to resist hegemonic conceptions and political discrimination. Also, it looks at extra-legal resistance strategies in the attempt to evaluate their efficacy in countering Zionist hegemonic practices and conceptions.