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    Intermediary Images

    Thu, 14/06/2018 (All day)

    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.


    Colloquium with Dr. Assaf Nativ and Prof. Tamar El-Or

    Mon, 11/06/2018 (All day)

    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).

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    The 3rd Annual International Summer Workshop in Ethnomusicology

    Sun, 03/06/2018 - 10:00 to 17:00

    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 and Israel Prize Laureate, Prof. Edwin Seroussi (The Hebrew University). The two presented masterclasses on issues relating to the social responsibilities of ethnomusicologists.
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    Better the Devil You Know: Religious Mobility, Trust, and Familiarity among Urban Christians in Kenya

    Mon, 28/05/2018 - 10:05


    Mandel Building, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus

    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.

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    Figures of Truth - Criticizing Knowledge in the 20th Century

    Wed, 23/05/2018 - 09:00 to 17:00


    Mandel Building, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus

    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, in the works of many authors knowledge and truth parted ways.

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    Spring excursion in Acre

    Sun, 13/05/2018 - 06:00 to Mon, 14/05/2018 - 20:00

    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.

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    Ornaments of Emotion in Dandin’s Mirror

    Mon, 23/04/2018 (All day)


    Mandel Building, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus
    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”).