The premise of my presentation is simple: everyone can give a good talk. A talk, however, is a multifaceted challenge. In my short presentation (20-30 minutes) I will touch upon some of the global elements that are at our disposal when we prepare and deliver a great talk. Of the several elements, I will offer an outlook that provides concrete tools for setting the right tone for your talk. In...
Monday, Mar 11, 2019
Representing History in Dire Times: A Workshop Marking the 80th Anniversary of the End of the Spanish Civil War
Wednesday, Jan 30, 2019
Representing History in Dire Times: A Workshop Marking the 80th Anniversary of the End of the Spanish Civil War Wednesday, 30 January 2019 2019 marks the eightieth anniversary of the end of the Spanish Civil War, the end of the Second Spanish Republic and the beginning of the Francoist dictatorship. Taking the Spanish Civil War as a case study, the one-day international, interdisciplinary...
Sunday, Jan 27, 2019 to Monday, Jan 28, 2019
Organized by Dr. Philipp Reick and sponsored by the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, this workshop brought together a diverse group of historians and social scientists who explored the legacy of urban struggle and protest over the course of the past two centuries. Papers focused, inter alia, on the peculiarities of urban conflict in Spanish history, on the significance of housing for Zionism past...
Sunday, Jan 20, 2019 to Monday, Jan 21, 2019
Conference The Qurʾan and Visuality in Late Antiquity and Early Islam 20.01-21.01.2019 The conference, organized by Hannelies Koloska from the Martin Buber Society and Tawfiq Da’adli, Lecturer in the Dept. of Islamic and Middle Studies and the Dept. of Art History at the Hebrew University, addressed the hitherto neglected diversity of visual features in the Qur’anic text and their...
Monday, Dec 17, 2018 to Thursday, Jan 10, 2019
In his talk, Antonio Vargas presented his research into the Neoplatonist Proclus, a Greek philosopher from the 5th century A.D., as an introduction to the field of history of philosophy and of one particular way of understanding the field, namely as the archaeology of ideal objects. Archaeology, because the goal is not to produce a narrative, but to recover an object, such as a system, argument...
Tuesday, Dec 11, 2018
Prof. Francis Clooney SJ (Harvard) at the Martin Buber Society Together with the Department of Comparative Religion, the Martin Buber Society has invited Prof. Francis Clooney SJ (Harvard Divinity School) for a series of guest lectures at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Prof. Clooney is one of the most prominent contemporary Catholic theologians and a highly esteemed pioneer in Christian-...
Monday, Dec 3, 2018
Elena Mucciarelli presented a key-study in the analysis of the interrelation between theater and ritual. Trying to qualify these different modalities of reality, she focused on a peculiar ritual that is observed by the Brahmins, the priestly group, of Kerala, in South India. All other castes are not allowed to practice it. The peculiarity of this ritual lies in the fact that it is also enacted on...
Tuesday, Nov 27, 2018 to Thursday, Nov 29, 2018
At the end of November 2018, nine fellows from the Zukunftskolleg Konstanz came to Jerusalem for the Second International Workshop together with the Martin Buber Society of Fellows. The topic of the workshop, “Un/Certainty Reconsidered”, suggested the theme of uncertainty as a common thread that would allow the various disciplines to enter into dialogue. Indeed, the nine fellows from Konstanz and...
Sunday, Nov 11, 2018
On November 11-12 the MBSF headed to its annual fall excursion to the desert and this time to Sde Boker, Ein Avdat and Wadi Tsror. And in between what became already tradition: lunch picnic, outdoors accomodation and a very early sunrise walk.
Monday, Nov 5, 2018
The paper seeks to compare and contrast the initial impressions and reports of the Franciscan missionary William of Rubruck (1220-1293) with that of the Persian vizier to the Mongol rulers of Iran (the Ilkhans), Rashid al-Din (d. 1318), on their encounters with, and disputation of, Buddhism and Buddhists, the former at the Great Khan's court in Qaraqurum, and the latter at the Mongol court in...
Colloquium with Dr. Oded Zinger: Lonely women, belonging men: gender and social relationships in the Jewish communities of Medieval Egypt
Monday, Oct 22, 2018
In the recent Buber colloquium, Oded Zinger examined claims of social isolation in women's petitions from the Cairo Geniza. Recognizing this theme in women's letters helps us detect the opposite claim of connectedness in men's petitions and letters. The comparison sheds light on the predicament and agency of women who lacked social capital and on the hegemonic masculinity prevalent among the...