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 Beach". The result was a nice mixture of sites with different ongoing histories interspersed with food and drinks.
The second day was taken up by this year’s internal workshop which continued some of the discussions that we have been having on and off. The workshop was dedicated to finding one’s academic “voice” in relation to our research and academic disciplines/traditions. Separated into small groups, each in the shade of its own tree, we got a chance to hear in more detail what others are interested in and working on. Before the ride back, a group discussion took up some of the topics that came up, with discussions balancing between practical and academic considerations, anxieties and hopes.