Academic Activities

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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 nature and implications of their engagements with their data, especially those that precede explicit analytical conduct. The groups explored the ways in which early...
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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 these dolls were intended for. The talk highlighted some of the problems with existing explanations for these dolls, and discussed the methodologies that can be used in...
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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. Paula Fredriksen (HUJI, Religion). After a wide-ranging discussion that considered everything from the significance and character of late antiquity studies in the...
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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 without limit and in unexpected ways. Linguistic typology, as conceived by Joseph Greenberg, developed a methodological framework for the empirical study of universals,...
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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, sponsored by the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, the Leo Baeck Institute of Jerusalem the Martin Buber Chair for Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Goethe University in Frankfurt...
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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 identifiable elements, which can be compared across periods and places. Oaths are therefore potentially sensitive instruments for examining social, religious and linguistic change...
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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 an appearance as the saviour of the world. In 1914 he declared himself to be no one else than Christ returned and shortly after the outbreak of the war, when he had...
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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 with Jose Maria Sanchez de Leon’s introduction, providing some explanations about the philosophical background of Maurice's reflections on modernist literature. This...
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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 familiar and secure environment to encounter the unknown and the strange. Sometimes we also return to places of the past and revisit where we have come from. What awaits us are...
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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 political culture "human rights" have generally been associated with the left, while the right-wing has traditionally shown hostility to the framework of international human...
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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 language scholars have to rely on a variety of other sources, from historical records in several languages, as well as archaeological and artistic materials. A comparative...
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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. Jonathan Garb of the Hebrew University spoke about perfection and lack in religion. After some introductory remarks about the concept of perfection in Judaism, Buddhism...
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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 first at the Hazeva Fortress and received explanations from Dr. Sarit Paz about the site’s successive archeological stages and the Christ’s Thorn Jujube planted there,...
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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 formulated by other disciplines? The answer seems to have much to do with distrust in the archaeological record, predicated on its conceptualisation as distorted and...
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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. Focusing on an audio recording of Hanna Rovina’s performance of a lamentation from The Eternal Jew (1919/1923), performed by the Zionist theatre troupe Habima, the talk...
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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 ontological argument, philosophy was depicted as necessary knowledge – primarily – through concepts and as the attempt of transforming the sum of human knowledge into a...