This sad announcement was written by Ilan Troen, president of the Association of Israel Studies. This news shocked many of our “Third Narrative” colleagues who knew him or his work:
Michael Feige was a gentle man and a sensitive teacher. His scholarship earned him the annual Shapira Prize in 2010 of the Association for Israel Studies for the best book published in Israel Studies: “Settling in the Hearts; Jewish Fundamentalism in the Occupied Territories.” A graduate of the Hebrew University in sociology and anthropology, much of his work was focused on memory and identity in Israeli politics and culture. He engaged in original research on the settlement movement and Gush Emunim as well as on Peace Now, the use of archaeology in contemporary Israel, the assassination of Rabin and religious fundamentalism, and the place of Ben-Gurion in national memory. After his degree he spent a year as a Fellow of the Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and then returned to Israel where he joined the Ben-Gurion Research Center for the Study of Israel and Zionism at the Ben-Gurion University campus in Sde Boker. He was also a Visiting Professor at Brandeis (the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies, NEJS and Anthropology). In recent years he was serving as the head of the BGU program in Israel Studies.
Michael Feige leaves a wife, Nurit, and three daughters, many friends and admirers. Michael was a former AIS Board member. He was to have presented at the forthcoming AIS conference in Jerusalem. He will be sorely missed.