Academic Activities

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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 B03), hosted at the Philosophy Department of the Freie Universität Berlin, focused on the relation between the work of Franz Rosenzweig and his reception of the history...
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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!
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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 workshop opened with Ruth HaCohen's general typology of mobility as a concept, which was followed by two intensive days of talks and discussions about mobility in diverse...
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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 the examples of two trials that both took place in the small north German town Lüneburg, seventy years apart, and both focused on crimes committed in the concentration,...
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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 important claims without basing them on quantifiable data. However, the more I acknowledged that one might not need quantifiable data to make valuable and valid contributions...
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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 primary source? How do we use non-traditional sources to conduct historical research? How can historians use material culture, music, art and other non-traditional sources to...
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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 the Colony Hotel. The discussions set out from questions dealing with our individual and disciplinary research aims, highlighting the tensions that occur in the space...
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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 anew with his text. The workshop started with introductory talks by Ruth HaCohen and Don Handelman, who contextualised van Gennep’s ideas and discussed its reception. The...
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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 much attention from historians of Muslim law and society - who, notwithstanding a few notable exceptions, tend to focus on doctrine. This lecture will present the most...
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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 and practical aspirations: first, of saving people from themselves, and second, of protecting a positive image of the shared world as worth participating in. Seeking to...
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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 of violence, while sociological theories in general do not. Historians have studied acts of religious violence in various ways, but do not usually discuss the...
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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, economic or military history. This presentation aimed to highlight the role of material culture in creating a culture of empire and its importance in becoming and being an...
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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 members of the Buber Society's Board of Trustees (Kuratorium). The Society's three Africanists spoke on the event, presented by fellow Daphna Oren-Magidor. These three —...
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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 Limor Meoded Danon, from the Buber Society fellows, lectured on the bio-politics of intersexed bodies, she describes how the medical system established the discourse on...
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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 drama that stems from the specific Spanish theater context of the time: Lope de Vega’s comedia Fuente Ovejuna (1619), a play that counts until today to the most famous...
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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 appreciation of Spinoza’s thought that took place in Germany in the second half of the 18th century. Prior to this shift, the prevailing perception of Spinoza was that he was...
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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 payment towards crowdsourcing or foundation funding. In the center of my research I investigate multi-layered changes in photojournalism through the digital transition....
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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 waxing and waning of the moon as result of divine punishment. According to the second myth there were once two suns but due to completion between them God diminished one sun...
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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 zu Berlin. A group of the Buber Fellows, together with young researchers from the Zukunftskolleg Konstanz and from various institutions in Berlin, discussed issues...
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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 Research Project B03 Imagination of the Special Research Field (SFB) 980 “Episteme in Bewegung”, the Philosophical Institute of the Freie Universität Berlin and the...
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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 Johannesburg to San Francisco, scholars analyze the multiple way how urban citizens struggle against the privatization of public space and the displacement of entire...
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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 in the crater, we spent the evening in the small town of Mitzpeh Ramon. The next morning, we toured several Beduin communities, beginning with the unrecognized village of...
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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 focus on two mechanisms, namely internal correction and external correction and will compare these mechanisms. In social contexts people might use information to evaluate...