Academic Activities

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Thursday, Aug 3, 2017
On Thursday, August 3, I gave a lecture cosponsored by Mandel Scholion and the Martin Buber Society of Fellows. The topic of lecture was about the segregation of menstruating Jewish women in Bablyonia, and the way such practices were influenced by the traditions ffrom other neighboring religious communities, such as Zoroastrianism and Mandaeism. Dr. Yakir Paz offered a response, and there was a...
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Thursday, Jun 22, 2017 to Sunday, Aug 6, 2017
The Second Jerusalem Workshop for the Study of Ancient Jewish Magic brought together some of the leading scholars of Jewish Magic alongside young scholars. The lectures focused on the Babylonian incantation bowls; unpublished lead amulets from Palestine; magic recites from Cairo Geniza; Demonic rites; the magic functions of corpses of those who died violently; angels and exorcists. The workshop...
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Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017 to Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017
This two-day international conference explored the empirical and theoretical dimensions of somatic-temporal relations, including the connection and tension between theory and practice and between individual experiences and scientific frameworks, as well as between pre-modern ideas of body and time and modern ones. Bringing together scholars and practitioners from the humanities and arts (history...
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Sunday, May 28, 2017 to Monday, May 29, 2017
The explosion of new and diverse forms of Christianity across the Global South – mass conversions, emergence of new denominations, and revitalization within established churches – have been among the most staggering religious phenomena of recent times. The diffused Pentecostal and Evangelical movements, which gained prominence throughout the 20th century, have already reached a dramatic following...
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017 to Thursday, May 25, 2017
This year’s retreat took us to the north with the by-now-familiar and pleasant mixture of walking, talking and sitting. On the first day we slowly made our way towards Lochamei Hagetaot, the kibbutz next to Akko, where the second day would be spend. Stops were made at the crusader castle of Monfort, the former Palestinian village of Birem, the picnic place at Hirbet Kuchim and Achziv’s "Banana...
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
It is something of a truism that the end of World War Two shaped the cultural, social, juridical, moral and political structure of the West in the last two generations. It is no less obvious that today many conventions and ideas – the “lessons of 1945” – are challenged in unprecedented ways. Interestingly, despite constant political attack on its legacy, or perhaps because of it, 1945 is more...
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Monday, May 8, 2017
German publishers, editors and journalists, who had made a carrier in the nationalsocialist era, continued their work after 1945. The old elite remained the new elite. Even though continuity is a known fact in the history of system changes, it has a special significance for the democratic process in Western Germany 1945-1962. Because only at the end of this timeframe and with the famous Spiegel-...
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
While the social sciences have studied widely contemporary struggles about urban space, historians have largely ignored how lower-class residents perceived and reacted to life in the inner city. Discussing various expressions of working-class discontent from Western Europe to North America, this presentation suggested that urban residents defended their central neighborhoods even though they...
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Orit Gazit focused in her talk on the contemporary concept of ontological security (OS) in migration, reading this concept through Arnold van Gennep’s less known, yet highly relevant and insightful, forgotten theory of territorial passages (1909). She suggested that van Gennep’s approach serves as an innovative perspective which conceives the act of physically and symbolically crossing into a...
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Monday, Apr 3, 2017
The emergence of grammatical diversity: Person indexation patterns in languages of Northeast India There are approximately 6,000 distinct languages. Each language boasts an individual and unique grammatical make-up. How does this linguistic diversity arise? This talk provides a case study of person indexation patterns: verb forms that change as a factor of the person of the subject and/or the...
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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 activities.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...