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 activities.
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 different literary traditions, languages, and genres. Including poems in Portugese, Hebrew, German, Polish, and English, as well as a bilingual poem (German-Hebrew) and a...
Dr, Nadeem Karkabi -Politics of Pleasure, Normalization and Liberation at the Palestinian Alternative Music Scene
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 pleasure historically, as it appears after representations of heroic resistance and suffering victimhood, to claim international recognition of Palestinians. I then spoke how...
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 generic level, as well as about the condition of the individual bodies of their patients at particular moments in time (diagnostics). In addition, we explored the...
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. Established academics and younger scholars from all over the world gathered in Jerusalem between the 8. and the 10. of January 2017 and discussed on Rosenzweig’s epistemology,...
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 towards Muslims. They just emerged as a distinct religious community at the same time as the Qur'anic text. Instead it aimed at an audience native or familiar to late antique...
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 truth, that relate critically to the Hegelian legacy regarding the claims of human reason and the nature of philosophical truth. Antonios Kalatzis challenged the stereotype...
Joint Workshop with the Zukunftskolleg Konstanz: “Mobility 2.0: Aspirations, Challenges, Obstacles.”
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.” Representing a broad range of academic disciplines from the natural sciences to the humanities, the workshop focused on various expressions and perceptions of movement in the...
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. Once the mother of all academia, theology is now often disregarded as obsolete and out-dated. Is it still justifiable to teach theology at universities? What are the...
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 around Gevei Yamin in the Machtesh Hagadol area, and we also stopped for a short visit in Dimona, a town which used to be a neglected remote area, and now going through an...
Dr. Limor Meoded-Danon: Discipline intersexed bodies: contemporary medical treatment practices on intersexed bodies in Israel and Germany
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 empty) affect treatment practices regarding intersexed bodies? Does an empty category broaden sex/gender boundaries? Is Germany the polar opposite of Israel in terms of the...
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 significance of the Pantheism Controversy and its cultural ramifications. The Pantheism Controversy was composed of a series of discussions and polemics that took place in...
Dr. Assaf Nativ -Industrialisation, commodification, politicisation: What remains of the modern university and the scientific ideal?
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 entered some twenty years ago. There is much discrepancy, it seems, between the ideas I have been taught to cherish as a student and the demands/standards expected of me to...
Wednesday, Oct 26, 2016