Academic Activities

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Tuesday, Aug 7, 2018
Renana Keydar recording lecture on law and literature for the pilot seminar of the German-Israeli Virtual Campus initiative between Freie Universitat Berlin and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Monday, Jun 25, 2018
The body – its practices, construction, discourses and habitus – is a central focus of the humanities in general in the past decades. This is no less true for ancient history, where the body is central in many discourses – ritual, political, mythical, emotional, medical, astrological, philosophical, etc. The tools for interpreting the body in ancient discourses have frequently been taken from...
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Thursday, Jun 14, 2018
As seen in research, teaching, as well as culture, images play a vital role in mediating knowledge. Used in public talks, academic lectures, art, and journalism, they are used to provide a wide spectrum of information – and mirror the same time the inherent logic of the field in which they are presented. The aim of this interdisciplinary symposium was to bring together Israeli and German...
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Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018 to Thursday, Jun 14, 2018
The Sixth Century in the Sasanian Empire was central to the development of the various groups living therein. This was the period in which the Babylonian Talmud was fully developed, when East Syrian administration, law, and identity was consolidated, and when Mandaeaism emerged as a religious movement. These changes coincided with the similar consolidation of Zoroastrian law and lore. This...
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Monday, Jun 11, 2018
In this colloquial talk we presented the Mikve Israel Rubbish Project (MIRP) and some key issues concerning conceptualization and research into matters of waste and disposal. The first part of the talk focused on the question ‘what is a landfill?’. At face value, we suggested it can be defined as a container of waste by archaeological means (burial). However, this definition quickly falls apart,...
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Sunday, Jun 3, 2018 to Monday, Jun 4, 2018
The Forum for Contemporary Ethnomusicology held its 3rd International Summer Workshop on June 3-4 at the Mandel School for Advanced Studies, under the auspices of the Martin Buber Society. In addition to papers by members of the Forum, this year's workshop featured two distinguished senior scholars: Prof. Gregory Melchor-Barz (Vanderbilt University) President of the Society for Ethnomusicology...
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Monday, May 28, 2018
The speaker discussed the centrality of the familiar as a domain of religious orientation and possible reengagement, and proposed that, in Christian urban Kenya, this centrality is to be understood in light of the in-built fragilities of the religious landscape, and above all the challenge of trust. He suggested that the notion of the familiar offers necessary orientation for navigating the...
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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
The workshop’s international contributions aimed at investigating different configurations of truth that were developed in the first half of the 20th Century in Europe, as positivism and rationalism were met with growing skepticism. While doubts were being raised about the possibility of establishing objective and incontrovertible truths that could be generally known, acquired and communicated,...
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Monday, May 21, 2018 to Tuesday, May 22, 2018
The manual of statecraft Jingshi dadian (“Compendium for Governing the World”), a Chinese compilation for the Mongol court, is one of the most important, yet most understudied documents about Mongol rule in China in the 13th -14th centuries. As a historical source, it is very much ingrained into the political and cultural context of 14th century Yuan China and very much part of the Eurasian...
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Sunday, May 13, 2018 to Monday, May 14, 2018
Apart from enjoying the caves and the beach, during the retreat in May we used the second day to discuss the topic of “argumentation". We wanted to bridge the disciplinary borders and discuss how each of us develops our arguments, and, moreover, how arguments are presented in each of our disciplines. The workshop included two parts. In the morning session, we divided into six groups, based on...
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Monday, May 7, 2018
Questions – information seeking speech acts – are often regarded as one of the basic types of speech acts, expressed cross-linguistically by dedicated linguistic devices. Wh-sentences (e.g. What do you think?) are commonly assumed to be one of the nearly universal linguistic expressions of a certain type of questions. Such accounts also address the issue of “rhetorical questions”, namely...
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Monday, Apr 23, 2018
Indologists have become so habituated to understanding the poetic expression of emotions solely through the lens of Anandavardhana and Abhinavagupta’s doctrine of rasa, that they find alternative emotive templates, primarily through ornaments, totally incomprehensible. In this short presentation I will look at Dandin’s unique treatment of one such ornament, ākṣepa (“dismissal”). I will argue that...
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Monday, Apr 9, 2018
The international justice system is dominated by a narrative of progress whose roots can be traced to the Nuremberg tribunal in 1945. This narrative is premised on the rejection of revenge as a legitimate response to mass atrocity. Post 9/11 Global War on Terror brings back the question of revenge as a political practice, leading to a growing divide between the narrative of the law and the...
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Monday, Mar 19, 2018
The seventeenth century was a period of significant social and cultural upheaval in England. Within this turmoil, parents struggled to bring up their children to fit specific models according to their religious beliefs, ideologies, and gendered identity. The paper explored two cases in which parents had to deal with young adults who would not fit the expected model. One case was a Puritan mother...
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Tuesday, Feb 13, 2018
The project title “Black swans in public administration” refers to a famous metaphor used by the philosopher Karl R. Popper. The idea that all swans are white is instantly neutralized (or "falsified", as Popper puts it) by the occurrence of a black swan. It is precisely the extreme rareness of the black swan that triggers research into its specific genetics. According to Wolfgang Seibel, the same...
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Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018
The MBSF started the day at the cinema with a special screening of the new movie "The Cakemaker" that takes place both in Jerusalem and Berlin and deals among others also with being a German in Jerusalem and vice versa. After the screening a vivid discussion was led by a former Buber fellow Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich who also commented on her impressions from the movie.
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Monday, Jan 22, 2018
The invention of the radiocarbon dating method by Willard Libby in the late 1940s revolutionized archaeology profoundly. For the first time, a wide range of archaeological finds and contexts could be dated independently from historical chronologies. As a consequence, several chapters of human (pre-) history had to be rewritten, now offering a more complete and accurate picture of the past. Today...
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Thursday, Jan 18, 2018
The launch event for the book "Infertility in Early Modern England" by Buber fellow Daphna Oren-Magidor took place on Thursday, January 18th at the Mt. Scopus library. Sociologist Yael Hashiloni Dolev spoke of the book's relevance to modern views of infertility, while Historians Ilana Kraussman Ben-Amos and Moshe Sluhovsky discussed the historiographical significance of the book.
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Tuesday, Jan 16, 2018
The Buber fellows hosted the new rector of the Hebrew University, Prof. Barak Medina. The rector joined us for an extended Kaffee Stunde. The fellows presented themselves, as did he, and the conversation revolved, among other topics, on ways for better integrating the fellows into the academic community of the Hebrew University.
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Monday, Jan 8, 2018
What happens when a class is suddenly disrupted or even erupts into a brawl? Are there limits on the academic freedoms of professors and students? How politicized is academia, and what does it even mean to be political? We ran a special panel on the topic of the “Classroom as a Contested Space.” Ms. Pepi Yekirevich, the legal adviser of the Hebrew University, and Prof. Moshe Sluhovsky (from the...
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Thursday, Dec 21, 2017
‪‬Life After Buber An Alumni Panel and Discussion ‬ December 11th‬ ‬ ‬ We invited four alumni to share with us their experiences during and after their time as Buber fellows in Jerusalem.‬ The result was a fascinating and thought-provoking exchange. It was also an emotional reunion. Here is how it went. ‬ Dr. Ellinor Morack, now assistant professor in Bamberg, talked about academic...
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Monday, Nov 27, 2017
It may seem ironic that one of the most successful and simultaneously conspicuously rare German comedies ever, was written by a German Jew in Tel Aviv, at the height of the GermanFinal Solution. From an Israeli point of view, the irony consists in the fact that the most successful Hebrew drama so far, was written – despite early Hebrew language politics – originally in the German language, in...
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Sunday, Nov 26, 2017
On November 26th the Buber Society spent a day in the Safra Campus of the HU. We started by visiting the Institute for advanced studies and meeting the Director Prof. Michal lineal and Prof. Maren Niehoff who is leading a research group at the ISA. We then continued to the Authority for Research and development where the fellows received a presentation from Alma Lessing , the coordinator for...
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Wednesday, Nov 15, 2017 to Thursday, Nov 16, 2017
The fall retreat of the MBSF is the best opportunity for the newcomers and the veteran fellows to get to know each other better. THis time we headed south to the Arava. We started in Dimona with a visit to the Hebrew Israelite community in the city. We heard their fascinating story and about their life as a strickt vegan society. We then visited the Small Crater and spent the night near Zoffar...
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Monday, Nov 6, 2017
In August 2014, as in every summer, approximately a hundred guests gathered in Ditchingham – a small village in Norfolk, East Anglia – for four days of lectures, workshops, and leisure activities. Autscape is a conference on autism, but it is made exceptional by the fact that not only its participants, but also its organizers, all identify as being on the autism spectrum. It is in light of this...
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Monday, Oct 30, 2017
I Didn’t Cross the Border, the Border Crossed Me”: Theorizing Cosmopolitanism from Below Dr. Oded Erez discussed theories of vernacular cosmopolitanism, and the ways in which migrant and minority communities negotiate their liminal cultural position by creating cultural "dialects," adopting and adapting cultural forms from near and far using a practical logic of "making do." He then demonstrated...