Daphna Oren-Magidor has been awarded a Gerda Henkel Research Scholarship

Gerda Henkel
4 May, 2020

Buber Alumna Daphna Oren-Magidor has been awarded a Gerda Henkel Research Scholarship for her project “Sisterhood in Early Modern England”. The project, which will culminate in a book, explores the relationships between adult sisters in the seventeenth century, and the roles they played in creating and maintaining kinship networks. 

Zoomeando en Ladino

17 April, 2020

Just before the Jewish holiday of Passover, the initiative of a Buber Fellow, Ilil Baum, brought together some twenty Ladino speakers to “meet” online and speak, sing, and tell stories in their mother tongue. Ladino, also referred to as Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo, and Spanyolit by its speakers, is an endangered language. According to pessimistic estimates, there are only about 20,000 living competent speakers, and the more optimistic sources believe that there are some 250,000–400,000 speakers, all of whom are Sephardic Jews residing mainly in Israel, the US, and Turkey.

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Whichever estimate we want to believe, the majority of Ladino speakers are in their seventies and eighties, with very few fluent speakers under the age of sixty. Baum’s open class is a first in a series of virtual meetings with the title Zoomeando en Ladino (‘Zooming’ in Ladino) that is meant to ease the acute sense of isolation of the elderly during the COVID-19 crisis. One of the participants, a 70-year-old women, admitted that she normally has no one to speak to in her mother tongue. The class included enthusiastic Ladino speakers whose Sephardic origins are from Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, and Israel, and many of whom video-conferenced for the first time in their life.

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The Buber Society continues to operate during Corona times

8 April, 2020

The Buber Society continues to operate during Corona times. To the extent that the circumstances permit, our fellows carry on with their research work and are busy writing their papers and grant-applications; our wonderful staff continues to work from home (to the level permitted by university policies); and we maintain our academic and social activities as a group, even if from a distance. One of the innovations of this time is that we now hold our weekly Kaffeestunden through videoconferencing. In this way, we continue to “see” one another and keep in touch and in solidarity. This has worked really well so far, although we certainly look forward to having cake and pastries in the Mandel Building again.

A scenic re-enactment of Viktor Frankl’s theater play

7 January, 2020

Invitation to a scenic re-enactment of Viktor Frankl’s theater play from 1946, „Synchronisation in Birkenwald – A Metaphysical Conference“, on January 29th, at 19:00, in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; to mark the occasion of the International Holocaust Day 2020.

Hebrew translation: Prof. David Guttmann, Dr. Jan Kühne
Artistic Director: Prof. Shimon Levy
Dramaturg, Producer, Initiator: Dr. Jan Kühne

Buber Fellow Dennis Halft was awarded the 2019 Alexander Böhlig Award

13 December, 2019
Dr. Dennis Halft received the Alexander Böhlig Award for his pioneering research on Christian-Muslim interaction in the Persianate World. The € 7,500 award is granted bi-annually by the Gertrud and Alexander Böhlig Foundation for the study and research on the culture and languages of Eastern Christianity. Dr. Halft was honored with the award at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin on December 13, 2019, by former Senior Buber Fellow Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christoph Markschies, president-elect of the Academy.

Buber Fellow Orly Lewis wins an ERC Starting grant

Orly Lewis Project
11 September, 2019

Dr. Orly Lewis has won a €1.5 million Euro ERC Starting Grant for her project Anatomy in Ancient Greece and Rome: An Interactive Visual and Textual Atlas (ATLOMY).

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The aim of the project is to produce a groundbreaking integrative atlas of Greco-Roman anatomical ideas, terminology and research. Its historical scope will stretch from the Classical period to the High-Roman Empire – from our earliest extant Greek medical works to the pinnacle of Greco-Roman medical and anatomical research.

The research will uniquely combine historical and philological analysis with empirical research and digital development. ATLOMY’s team will consist of classicists, historians, experts in modern anatomy, a digital artist and a software developer, who will analyse together the ancient sources. Based on a close analysis of the sources the team will re-enact the empirical research of ancient anatomists, decipher and visually present the diverse anatomical ideas and terminologies in ancient Greece and Rome and examine how empirical observations and theoretical assumptions led to changes in knowledge.

The team will create a long-desired lexicon of ancient anatomical terms, re-enact ancient anatomical dissections, develop a high-end, interactive digital visual atlas presenting and analysing the ideas and terms of different ancient authors and compose in-depth interpretive studies of anatomical theories and research in ancient Greece and Rome.

This integrative visual and textual map and analysis will substantially advance our understanding of ancient ideas of the body and of empirical methods of scientific research in ancient times. Moreover, it will enable the growing audience of Greco-Roman medical and philosophical writings to engage with these sources in a deeper and more informed manner, thus enhancing studies in related fields. More broadly, ATLOMY will offer a tight-knit interdisciplinary heuristic model for the study of the history of science, one which offers means for bridging the disciplinary gap between historians and classicists and the natural scientists whose works we study.

The research will take place at the Department of Classics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, in cooperation with researchers from the School of Veterinary Medicine and the Faculty of Medicine.


*All fellows of the Martin Buber Society can apply for ERC Starting Grants through The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

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