Ori Katz

Ori is a PhD student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Ben-Gurion University. His research deals with missing persons in Israel, and with the cultural space between life and death. Through field work using in-depth interviews with relevant actors (families of the missing, police, volunteer organizations, media, etc.), participation in searching for missing persons, activity in the association of the families of the missing and other events, Ori tries to find how narratives of missingness are constructed, in a field full of ambiguity and paradoxes. The research focuses in an unstudied field, in which there are only few cultural scripts, concerning both the extent of the phenomenon and the public visibility of missing soldiers, who have a significant place in the collective memory. The research may also contribute to the theoretical knowledge regarding the construction of social categories in conditions of ambiguity and uncertainty.