You would know the secret of death. But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?On Death/ Gibran Kahlil Gibran
Noa Vana is a research graduate student in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Tel Aviv University. In her dissertation, she explores the social, legal, and medical practices that both construct and simultaneously challenge the "social death" of older people with advanced stages of dementia who live at home at the end of their lives. She depicts the everyday interactions of family members and caregivers with these older people that allot them an agency that is not embodied within them. She then compiles a theoretical framework that contests the congruity between agency and subjectivity.
Areas of study: sociology and anthropology of old age, health sociology, disability studies, study of total institutions, sociology of the subject and self, food anthropology and sociology of law.