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Migrating Knowledge

Academic Director: Prof. Rivka Feldhay
The approach of the Migrating Knowledge research group is grounded in the belief that communication, translation, cross-cultural encounters, and diffusion play a vital role in the construction of knowledge. Moreover, it presupposes that ideas are not ‘bodiless’ and do not exist in abstract space. Ideas are embedded in texts, objects, diagrams, instruments, and various kinds of equations and images.

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Events & Publciations

Special Conference in Honour of Prof. Rivka Feldhay: Critical Reflextions on Alternative Paths to Modernity

We are pleased to invite you to the “Critical Reflections on Alternative Paths to Modernity” Conference, held in Honour of Prof. Rivka Feldhay. The Conference will be held on April 13-14, 2016, in Tel Aviv University and in the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. See the conference program for further details. Videos of most of the

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Call for Applications: Post-Doctoral Fellowship, “Knowledge Migration” research Group, 2016-2017

The Knowledge Migration research group offers a post-doctoral fellowship for the academic year of 2016-2017. Applications should be submitted by May 1st, 2016 See the Call for Applications (in Hebrew) for further details

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Lexicon for Political Theory: Encyclopedia in the Making

Academic Director: Dr. Ariel Handel
The Lexicon group studies foundational concepts in political theory and initiates the writing of original essays in the field. The project’s gradually expanding compilation of concepts will include traditional concepts drawn from the canon of political theory alongside concepts imported from other disciplines; concepts that have seeped into our language and perception from everyday experiences or concepts extracted from local or foreign political histories; and invented concepts, designed to enable the description of new phenomena.

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New Publication: the 10th volume of Mafte’akh – Lexical Review of Political Thought

We are delighted to announce the publication of the 10th volume of Mafte’akh – Lexical Review of Political Thought edited and published by the Political Lexicon research group at the Minerva Humanities Center. This volume includes the following entries: School – Itay Snir Identification – Zion Avraham Hazan Spatial Memory – Chen Misgav and Tovi Spencer

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Workshop — “These are the Names”: Political Concepts in Hebrew, beyond the horizon of the secularization of the Hebrew language

The Political Lexicon research group at the Minerva Humanities Center in Tel Aviv University is excited to invite you to the lexical conference: “These are the Names”: Political Concepts in Hebrew, beyond the horizon of the secularization of the Hebrew language The workshop will be held in Hebrew, on May 23rd-24th, in Tel Aviv University

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Living Together: Exploring Modes of Political Membership

Academic Director: Dr. Raef Zreik  
The “Living Together” group has been working together since February 2010, seeks to enrich the existing repertory of forms of association, belonging, and political citizenship. The project is grounded in Muslim, Christian, and Jewish sources of all eras (premodern, modern, contemporary) in an attempt to expand the perspectives that emerge from the clash between liberalism and its recent critics.

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Events & Publciations

Exhibition: The Dome of the Rock

The exhibition opens on January 6th, 2016
The Photography Gallery, Bezal’el, Jerusalm

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Symposium — Jewish / Zionist Resistance to 1948 Expulsions?

Between the end of 1947 and the beginning of 1949, approximately 770,000 Palestinians were expelled from the area which later became the state of Israel. These refugees constituted about 85% of the Palestinian population who lived in the area prior to the expulsions. The historiographical accounts of these events – whether those written by Zionist

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