PUBLICATIONS

2019
Evelyn Runge. 2019. “Gerhard Paul: Das visuelle Zeitalter. Punkt und Pixel.” Rundbrief Fotografie.
Evelyn Runge and Annette Vowinckel. 2019. “Introduction. - Special Issue about: Israel, Palästina und die deutsche Zeitgeschichte [Israel, Palestine and German Contemporary History].” Zeithistorische Forschungen [Studies in Contemporary History], 3. Publisher's Version Abstract
Issue 3/2019: Israel, Palestine and German Contemporary History; ed. by Evelyn Runge and Annette Vowinckel. Geographically and culturally the Middle East seems to be far away from Germany. From a historical point of view, this is a fallacy, because the virulent conflicts there today are closely interwoven with German and European colonial history, the history of National Socialism and German post-war history. The Middle East conflict is also present in many ways in contemporary German everyday life: while the media repeatedly report on anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist attacks, the restaurant »Kanaan« in Prenzlauer Berg, jointly run by a Jewish and an Arab Israeli, serves »Hummus for International Understanding«. Berlin and Jerusalem are connected on a completely different level by the presence of walls in the cityscape: from 1948 to 1967 Jerusalem was a divided city, Berlin from 1961 to 1989, since 2002 a wall separates parts of East Jerusalem from the Palestinian autonomous territories.Some of the contributions in this issue are devoted to the various effects of the Middle East conflict on German society, such as the presence of Palestinian and Israeli groups in the Federal Republic. Others focus on German-Israeli phenomena such as the reception of Ephraim Kishon's books or the Federal Republic's arms exports to Israel in the 1970s. The aim is to document and discuss how closely German contemporary history is linked to that of Israel and Palestine to this day.
Evelyn Runge and Annette Vowinckel. 2019. Israel, Palästina und die deutsche Zeitgeschichte [Israel, Palestine and German Contemporary History]. Edited by Evelyn Runge and Annette Vowinckel. Publisher's Version Abstract
Issue 3/2019: Israel, Palestine and German Contemporary History. ed. by Evelyn Runge and Annette Vowinckel. Geographically and culturally the Middle East seems to be far away from Germany. From a historical point of view, this is a fallacy, because the virulent conflicts there today are closely interwoven with German and European colonial history, the history of National Socialism and German post-war history. The Middle East conflict is also present in many ways in contemporary German everyday life: while the media repeatedly report on anti-Semitic and anti-Zionist attacks, the restaurant »Kanaan« in Prenzlauer Berg, jointly run by a Jewish and an Arab Israeli, serves »Hummus for International Understanding«. Berlin and Jerusalem are connected on a completely different level by the presence of walls in the cityscape: from 1948 to 1967 Jerusalem was a divided city, Berlin from 1961 to 1989, since 2002 a wall separates parts of East Jerusalem from the Palestinian autonomous territories.Some of the contributions in this issue are devoted to the various effects of the Middle East conflict on German society, such as the presence of Palestinian and Israeli groups in the Federal Republic. Others focus on German-Israeli phenomena such as the reception of Ephraim Kishon's books or the Federal Republic's arms exports to Israel in the 1970s. The aim is to document and discuss how closely German contemporary history is linked to that of Israel and Palestine to this day.
Evelyn Runge. 2019. “Katrin Tiidenberg: Selfies: Why We Love (and Hate) Them.” Medienwissenschaft : Rezensionen, Nr. 2/2019. Publisher's Version
Chiara Caradonna. 2019. “Reading manuscripts as notation: an experiment into the possibilities of interpretation.” In Open Scriptures, Material Contemplations. The Art of Notation, edited by Cinthya García Leyva, Susana González Aktories, Barbara Ventarola, and Georg Witte. De Gruyter.
Evelyn Runge. 2019. “Robert Hariman, John Louis Lucaites: The Public Image. Photography and Civic Spectatorship.” Medienwissenschaft : Rezensionen.
Evelyn Runge. 2019. “Stefanie Michels, Sissy Helff (eds.): Global Photographies: Memory - History – Archives.” Medienwissenschaft : Rezensionen, Nr. 2/2019. Publisher's Version
Avigail Manekin-Bamberger. 2019. “The Vow-Curse in Ancient Jewish Texts.” Harvard Theological Review, 112, 3, Pp. 340-357. Publisher's Version Abstract
Uttering a vow was an important and popular religious practice in ancient Judaism. It is mentioned frequently in biblical literature, and an entire rabbinic tractate, Nedarim , is devoted to this subject. In this article, I argue that starting from the Second Temple period, alongside the regular use of the vow, vows were also used as an aggressive binding mechanism in interpersonal situations. This practice became so popular that in certain contexts the vow became synonymous with the curse, as in a number of ossuaries in Jerusalem and in the later Aramaic incantation bowls. Moreover, this semantic expansion was not an isolated Jewish phenomenon but echoed both the use of the anathema in the Pauline epistles and contemporary Greco-Roman and Babylonian magical practices.
Evelyn Runge. 2019. “Wolfgang Ullrich: Selfies. Die Rückkehr des öffentlichen Lebens.” Medienwissenschaft : Rezensionen.
Lina Nikou, Yonatan N. Gez, Maria Zhukova, and Julian Torres Dowdall. 2019. “The Experiment: What Are Errors and Why Do We Keep on Making Them?”.
Suicide in Uniform: Choice, Duty and Guilt in Israeli Society

Once in a while, the Israeli public learns from the news that a soldier has disappeared or died. Later on, it is reported that the soldier committed suicide. These deaths are usually tended through psychological concepts and procedures. However, a cultural perceptive unfolds the institutional and political aspects of military suicide. Examining the social order in Israel, Suicide in Uniform discusses questions such as: Why has the notion of "suicidality" gained its overwhelming explanatory power? What are the norms that  render commanders and mental health officers the main figures responsible for suicide prevention? What are the rules that prohibit some bereaved parents from receiving military compensations? How is suicide explained in relation to the sacrifice of life demanded of soldiers and in relation to contemporary military missions? This book illuminates seven decades of social negotiations with the meaning of military suicide, as Israeli society shapes its ideals of heroism, individuality and solidarity.

2018
Journal of Classical Sociology Special Issue: Reclaiming Arnold Van Gennep’s Les rites de passage (1909)
Dr. Nitzan Rothem, Dr. Ruthie Abeliovich, Dr. Orit Gazit, and Dr. Moshe Bildshtein. 11/2018. Journal of Classical Sociology Special Issue: Reclaiming Arnold Van Gennep’s Les rites de passage (1909). Abstract
The special issue of Journal of Classical Sociology is an outcome of MBSF activities. Edited by Nitzan Rothem and Shlomo Fischer, this volume points to the significance of Arnold van Gennep's  Les rites de passage for contemporary social thought and research. MBSF articles include: Orit Gazit on migration and van Gennep's theory of the limit, Ruthie Abeliovich on Les rites de passage's contribution to the field of Performance Studies, Moshe Blidstein on the theoretical problem of purity, and Nitzan Rothem on Turner's and van Gennep's frameworks vis-à-vis contemporary warfare. Also in this volume: Ilana Silber on gift theory, Nicole Hochner on rhythm and social kinesis and Harvey Goldberg on early 20th-century social thought.  

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