Academic Activities

Sunday, Feb 26, 2017
On 26.2.2017, the Martin Buber Society of Fellows held a one-day retreat at Bet HaGat in Ein Kerem village at the outskirts of Jerusalem. The raison d'être of the meeting was to spend a day taking stock of our mission and...
Tuesday, Jan 24, 2017
Inspired by William Blake's aphorism, "What is now proved was once only imagin’d", Buber Fellows selected and read poems for an afternoon reading on the topic of Imagination and Science. These poems drew together voices from...
Monday, Jan 23, 2017
The lecture was on how pleasure has recently become the primary avenue for Palestinians to both claim political agency of opposition and demonstrate universal ethics of normal human conformity. I contextualized politics of...
Monday, Jan 16, 2017
The main topic of the colloquium was the means by which ancient Greek and Roman philosophers and physicians learned about the structure of the human body and its parts (anatomy) and the functions of these parts (physiology) on a...
Sunday, Jan 8, 2017 to Tuesday, Jan 10, 2017
The international conference Into Life. Franz Rosenzweig on Knowledge, Aesthetics and Politics addressed the twofold question regarding the universal relevance of the philosophy of Franz Rosenzweig for the 21st century....
Monday, Dec 19, 2016
The Qur'an is generally assumed as an Islamic text. This is an inapplicable description considering its historical beginnings. Its oral proclamation by Muhammad, dated in the time between 610-632 C.A., was not yet directed...
Thursday, Dec 15, 2016
The one day symposium Nothing but the Truth. Concepts of Truth from Hegel to Blumenberg took place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem on December 15. 2017. The topic consisted in the unfolding of a series of conceptions of...
Sunday, Dec 11, 2016 to Monday, Dec 12, 2016
From December 10 to 12, 2016, the Zukunftskolleg Konstanz and the Martin Buber Society of Fellows gathered in Jerusalem for the second installment of our joint workshop on “Mobility 2.0: Aspirations, Challenges, Obstacles.”...
Monday, Dec 5, 2016
What is theology? Is it a scientific discipline at all? Should it not be better replaced by religious studies or philosophy of religion? In the colloquium we discussed the status and relevance of theology at state universities....
Sunday, Nov 20, 2016 to Monday, Nov 21, 2016
The MBSF spent November 20-21st in what has become its traditional fall study excursion. This year we headed to the area of Nitzana in the Negev. We toured the remains of the Nabbatian cities Shivta and Tel Nitzana. We hiked...
Monday, Nov 14, 2016
In this colloquium I compared the medical treatment practices on intersexed bodies in Israel and Germany. How does the new law registration (which enable leaving the sex/gender category of intersexed babies’ birth certificate...
Sunday, Nov 6, 2016 to Tuesday, Nov 8, 2016
The international workshop “Spinoza Stories: Pantheists, Spinozists, Jews, and the Formation of German Idealism”, organized by the Martin Buber Society in cooperation with the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, focused on the...
Monday, Oct 31, 2016
In the course of the past several decades academia world-over transformed almost beyond recognition. The university, the ranks of which I hope to join today, is remarkably different from the university, the gates of which I...
Monday, Sep 5, 2016
The international workshop “From Ionia to Jena” Franz Rosenzweig and the History of Philosophy, organized by the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Research Program “Imaginatio” (Project...
Monday, Jul 18, 2016
On July 18, on a lovely summer afternoon, in a picnic on the lawn of the Safra Campus, we said farewell to seven of our fellows who completed four years in the MBSF!
Monday, Jun 27, 2016 to Tuesday, Jun 28, 2016
In June, Representatives of the Buber Society of Fellows and of the Zukunftskolleg of Konstanz University met to discuss "Mobility: a concept and a way of life," held in the Museum of Art and Cars in the town of Singen. The...
Monday, Jun 13, 2016
This colloquium explored the role of Jewish Holocaust survivors in bringing Nazi perpetrators to justice in postwar Germany and addressed the challenges of the legal conceptualisation and prosecution of Nazi crimes. It discussed...
Monday, Jun 6, 2016
Psychologists are the most extreme empiricists, technocrats and positivists among the social scientists. During the years among the interdisciplinary group of Buber Fellows I came to truly understand that one can make...
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 to Wednesday, Jun 1, 2016
Beyond the Written Word was a two-day international workshop which sought to tease out and bring forth methodological problems in the study of History using non-traditional sources, by raising questions such as: what makes a...
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 to Wednesday, May 25, 2016
For this year's retreat/workshop, we spent two days in the downtown area of Haifa. The first day was devoted to work in small groups of 5-6 participants (the fellows, a senior fellow, and the staff), in the beautiful gardens of...
Sunday, May 15, 2016 to Monday, May 16, 2016
An internatonal workshop on van Gennep ´s book “Les Rites de Passage “ (1909) was held on the 15-16 May 2016. The workshop brought together experts in van Gennep’s work and scholars interested in his book. Together we engaged...
Monday, Apr 11, 2016
Madhhab, inadequately translated as “school of law,” is an original Muslim institution, that refers to legal doctrine and social organization. However, although the madhhab’s social features are important, they have not received...
Monday, Mar 28, 2016
In this Monday's colloquium I plan to discuss the knowledge that is created when suicide is examined by sociologists, comparing two periods of academic labor. The study of self-inflicted death generates in its researchers moral...
Monday, Mar 21, 2016
Religious violence is very present in today's public debates. In the humanities, violence has been studied intensively in different disciplines. The megatheories developed by the religious studies often assume religion as a cause...
Monday, Mar 14, 2016
In this colloquium I introduced the Assyrian Empire to the fellows and discussed the problems and potential inherent in the sources we have available for studying it. Studies have tended to focus on the empire’s political,...
Monday, Feb 22, 2016
The Marin Buber Society of Fellows takes pride in the fact that three of our fellows have placed Africa at the geographic centre of their respective research. On February 22nd, we held a special colloquium in the presence of...
Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016
On January 19th, as in the last couple of years, the Buber fellows gathered for a joint academic event with the Polonsly fellows, this time hosted by the MBSF . The event this time focused on Intersex people and politics. Dr...
Monday, Jan 18, 2016
In order to illustrate scope and focus of my research project on Dramatizations of History in Early Modern European Drama, in my talk, I discussed the representation of one particular historical event in one early modern European...
Monday, Jan 4, 2016
The aim of the talk was to explore the rise of Spinozism in the late 18th century from different perspectives. Dr. Sánchez de León provided a general introduction to the topic by describing the shift in the understanding and...
Monday, Dec 21, 2015
Presentation: Changes, Challenges, and Case StudiesThe digitization transforms the daily media practices: Recipients become users or even ‘produsers’; professionals are competed by laymen; well-known economic models drift from...
Monday, Dec 7, 2015
In my presentation I wished to argue that a myth appearing in the Babylonian Talmud concerning the diminishing of the moon at the dawn of creation is actually composed from two separate myths: The first myth accounts for the...
Thursday, Nov 26, 2015
On November 26th 2015 a special event of the MBSF, within the frame of marking 50 years relations between Germany and Israel, took place in Berlin, in cooperation with the Freie Universitaet Berlin and the Humboldt Universitaet...
Tuesday, Nov 24, 2015 to Wednesday, Nov 25, 2015
The two days international workshop DAS ‘HOHELIED’ IN DER JÜDISCHEN SPRACHPHILOSOPHIE/ THE ‘SONG OF SONGS’ IN JEWISH PHILOSOPHY OF LANGUAGE on the occasion of the launching of a series of workshops organized and sponsored by the...
Monday, Nov 23, 2015
Following the rapid spread of gentrification processes across the globe, discussions about social responses to neighborhood change feature prominently in the Social Sciences studying collective action. From Oslo to Beirut, from...
Sunday, Nov 8, 2015 to Monday, Nov 9, 2015
On November 8-9, the Martin Buber Society of Fellows had a learning excursion in the Negev desert in the south of Israel. We left Jerusalem at the crack of dawn and reached the Ramon crater. After a jeep trip, a hike, and lunch...
Monday, Nov 2, 2015
People are bombarded daily by a vast amount of information coming from a variety of sources. One of the challenges is to distinguish true from false information. How do people succeed in doing this? In the present talk I will...
Tuesday, Jun 30, 2015 to Wednesday, Jul 1, 2015
The Martin Buber Society of Fellows spent two days in Zikhron Yaakov (Bet Daniel), for an intensive seminar on the nature of data in the humanities and the social sciences. Working in small groups, the fellows dealt with the...
Monday, Jun 1, 2015
This joint colloquium talk looked at the methodology and practice of doing history through material culture. The first talk, by Daphna Oren-Magidor, looked at anatomical dolls of pregnant women in 17th century Europe, asking what...
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Prof. Peter Brown, a word class historian from Princeton University who founded the study of late antiquity, came to the Buber-sponsored Group for the Study of Late Antiquity for a fascinating and inspiring conversation with Prof...
Monday, May 18, 2015
Different theoretical frameworks in linguistics have different takes on the question of universals of language: some theories expect that universals will be abundant and substantive, while others hold that languages can differ...
Thursday, May 7, 2015 to Tuesday, May 12, 2015
The conference MULTIPLE DIALOGUES: MARTIN BUBER IN PALESTINE AND ISRAEL on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Buber’s Death and 50 Years of Israeli German Relations took place in Jerusalem between May 7-12 2015,...
Monday, Apr 13, 2015
This lecture examined possible conceptual frameworks for the history of oath practice in the first six centuries CE in the Mediterranean. Though oaths come in many colors and sizes, and always did, they include certain...
Monday, Mar 9, 2015
When in 1906 the Stuttgart stonemason and sepulchral architect Johannes Baader met the young painter Raoul Hausmann in Berlin, he had already designed a ‘monument for all mankind’ of planetary proportions and had repeatedly made...
Monday, Feb 9, 2015
This presentation revisits Friedrich Niezsche’s infamous announcement from The Gay Science (1882) “God is Dead” and shows how its consequences frame literary experimentations in classical modernist texts. The colloquium began...
Sunday, Feb 1, 2015
Visits are key events in the establishment and maintenance of human relations. Visiting is a social practice of engagement that testifies to the importance and diversity of these relations. During visits we move out of our...
Monday, Jan 26, 2015
The seminar explored the causes and implications of a new trend in which the rhetoric of human rights has been adopted in recent years by several Israeli right-wing groups.This trend is an unexpected development: in Israel's...
Monday, Jan 19, 2015
Činggis Qan and China: Problems and Methods in the Study of the Mongol Empire What are the challenges and methods for the study of the history of the Mongol empire? Due to the scarcity of coeval primary sources in Mongolian...
Monday, Jan 5, 2015 to Wednesday, Jan 7, 2015
Last Monday afternoon as a major winter storm approached Jerusalem, the joint Buber-Scholion Images of Perfection: An Interdisciplinary Conference in the Study of Religion began with two plenary lectures and a musical performance...
Sunday, Nov 30, 2014 to Monday, Dec 1, 2014
The Buber Fellows spent two richly packed days exploring the physical, cultural and ideological contours of the desert. We headed out of Jerusalem to the southern tip of the country early Sunday morning. En route, we stopped...
Monday, Nov 24, 2014
Why are archaeologists reluctant to develop theories of their own? Why, in order to provide social or cultural accounts of the past, they are willing to sacrifice the singularity of their record in favour of concepts and ideas...
Monday, Nov 17, 2014
This colloquium addressed theatre as a ‘place of hearing,’ and offered a dramaturgical interpretation implied by the connotative space and the metaphorical meanings that are created by speech intonation and vocal execution....
Monday, Nov 3, 2014
The colloquium was divided in three parts. In the first part, Antonios Kalatzis delivered an introductory overview of the specific character of philosophical knowledge along with its (classical) goals. On the basis of Anselm’s...
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Thursday, Jun 12, 2014
As a medium of communication between rulers and the ruled, petitions have received growing attention from among historians interested in social history over the past few years. The workshop „Engaging the State. Petitions as...
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Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014
The workshop focused on the importance of the Arabic Neoplatonic tradition in the development of mystical and philosophical thought in medieval al-Andalus. The underlying assumption of the workshop was that in order to fully...
Thursday, May 22, 2014 to Friday, May 23, 2014
 nature and nurture
Sunday, May 11, 2014
It was in 1581 that the British teacher Richard Mulcaster wrote that “treasure . . . bestowed on children by nature, is to be bettered in them by nurture” and the ‘nature/nurture’ dichotomy has been debated ever since. We know...
Tuesday, Feb 4, 2014
The social bond and the mutual relationship between the individual and society are the focus of my academic interest. I try to understand the main rhetoric and practices that sustain the assumption that society supports the...
Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013 to Thursday, Oct 24, 2013
Monday, Jul 1, 2013
Sunday, May 26, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 to Thursday, May 2, 2013
Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013
Wednesday, Feb 27, 2013
Wednesday, Feb 13, 2013
Wednesday, Jan 23, 2013
Sunday, Jan 20, 2013
On January 20th, the Buber Fellows, the new fellows of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center and the Polonsky fellows met for a mutual academic activity in Tel Aviv. Dr. Galili Shahar and Menachem Goldenberg gave us a tour...
Sunday, Jan 13, 2013
Wednesday, Jan 9, 2013
Wednesday, Dec 19, 2012
Thursday, Dec 6, 2012 to Friday, Dec 7, 2012
Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012
Wednesday, Nov 21, 2012
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012
forgetting
Saturday, Oct 27, 2012 to Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012
Sunday, Jun 10, 2012 to Wednesday, Jun 13, 2012
 Joint workshop with the Konstanz
Sunday, May 20, 2012 to Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Sunday, Jan 15, 2012
Sunday, Jan 8, 2012
Thursday, Dec 8, 2011 to Friday, Dec 9, 2011
Thursday, Nov 17, 2011
Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011
Thursday, Nov 10, 2011
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011
Sunday, Jun 26, 2011
On 26th of January the Buber fellows and the new fellows of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center met for a mutual academic activity in Tel Aviv. Dr. Adreas Kraft gave a lecture: "No longer...at home in the world":...
Friday, Apr 29, 2011
On April 29 The Martin Buber Society of Fellows' met with Prof. Dr. Sabine Kunst, the Minister of Science, Research and Culture of Brandenburg. The participants heard a short introduction to the garden followed by a lecture of...
Monday, Feb 21, 2011
Colloquium: Plato’s Phaedrus
Thursday, Sep 9, 2010
The First Colloquium of the Buber Society: Prof. Margalit Finkelberg presented her translation to Plato’s Phaedrus. The Rector of the Hebrew University, Prof. Sarah Stroumsa, and the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities, Prof....
Announcment of the Inauguration of The Martin Buber Society of Fellows
Thursday, Feb 4, 2010
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Prof. Menahem Ben-Sasson, President Prof. Sarah Stroumsa, Rector announced the Inauguration of The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities In the presence of The Minister of...