Raef Zreik is a graduate of The Hebrew University (LL.B., 1988; LL.M. magna cum laude, 1997), Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2001), and Harvard Law School (S.J.D., 2007). His Ph.D. dissertation deals with Kant’s concept of right. Zreik taught as a visiting professor at Georgetown Law School. Before taking this position, he taught at The University of Haifa and Tel Aviv University law schools and was a researcher at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. His research and teaching address questions related to legal and political theory, as well as citizenship and identity issues. He has published broadly in these areas, with work appearing in edited collections and in legal and interdisciplinary journals. His publications include: “Living Together: Jacques Derrida’s Communities of Violence and Peace”, in E. Weber ed. Living Together (Fordham University Press: 2013); “The One State Solution: Anatomy of a Discourse” in HaMerhav HaTziburi (2012). Law, Identity, and Arab Jewish Relations in Israel (Co-editor with Ilan saban, forthcoming 2014) . “Has The Wheel Come Full Circle? Civic Service Debates in Israel” in: T. Maissen and F. Oz-Zalsberger (eds.) The Liberal Republican Quandary in Israel Europe and the United States: Early Modern Thought Meets Current Affairs (Academic Press: 2012); “When Winners Lose: On Legal Language” in International Review of Victimology(2009); ”Notes on the value of theory” in the Journal of Law and Ethics of Human Rights(2007); “The Persistence of the Exception: Remarks on the Story of Israel Constitutionalism” in Thinking Palestine (edited by Ronit Lentin, 2007); “Palestine, Apartheid and Rights Discourse” inJournal of Palestine Studies (2004); and “Palestine as Exile” in Global Jurists (2003).
Ronnen Ben-Arie is a PhD candidate at the department of Government and Political Theory of the School of Political Sciences at the University of Haifa. His dissertation explores the concepts of resistance in the political thought of Deleuze and Foucault, as a basis to think of possibilities for change of social and political order. Ben-Arie graduated the architecture department at the Bezal’el Academy for Art and Design and completed his MA at the Cohn Institution for the History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas at TAU. He is also a member of the research group on the political and philosophical theory of space which is part of the Lexicon for Political Theory in the Minerva Humanities Center.
Moria Ben Barak is a PhD candidate at the department of Philosophy at the Tel Aviv University and a research assistant at the Minerva Center for Humanities at Tel Aviv University. She has completed her BA in Philosophy and Management and her MA in philosophy (magna cum laude) at Tel Aviv University. Her primary field of interest is Metaphilosophy and Aesthtic Life.
Roii Ball has completed his BA in History at Tel-Aviv University, and will commence his History graduate studies next year at the University of California, Los Angeles. His interests revolve around colonialism, landscape and culture, and he is currently working on German colonialism in Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries.
Amer Dahamshe (PhD) is a graduate of the Hebrew university. His research fields are the discussion of the Palestinian-Arab Geographical Names , The Representation of the Hebrew and the Arabic in The Public Road Signs, and the discussion of the identity of the place as it is reflected in Oral Art, Historical Memoirs and in the linguistic Landscape. Dahamshe have published Several Articles in This Topic and the first book of Him will be published under the supervision of the Heksherim Institute – Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Azar Dakwar is a research and advocacy coordinator with ‘Sikkuy’ and is currently studying towards a master degree in Philosophy at Tel Aviv University. He holds a bachelor degree of in cognitive sciences and life sciences (Hons.) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. For the past five years, he worked as a research assistant and teaching fellow with various academics and universities and interned for the European Union. In 2012, he was awarded a master degree in public policy with a thesis in political sociology) from the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin. He takes interest in the nexus of political theory, political sociology and sovereignty, and in the connection between the political and aesthetical appreciation.
Keren Dotan is a doctoral candidate at NYU, writing her dissertation in Israel. She is a former lawyer (LL.B), with B.A. degrees in Economics and Psychology (summa cum laude) and an M.A. in Literature (summa cum laude), all earned in Tel Aviv University. She worked as editor in Haaretz newspaper, and in the literary quarterly Mitaam. Her dissertation engages with Mizrahi writers in the beginning of the 20th century, and she is primarily interested in questions of modernity, Mizrahi identity, and the critique of secularism.
Uri Landesberg studied Philosophy and History in Tel Aviv and Paris. He is currently completing his MA in Philosophy. Landesberg specializes in phenomenology, post-Hegelian thought, and philosophical anthropology, with a strong emphasis on contemporary social, ethical and psychoanalytic thinking, and education. He participated in workshops in Weimar, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv on the history of concepts and modern European culture. Uri is also a member of the research group The Political Lexicon of the Minerva Center for Humanities.
Gal Levy (PhD) has a BA in Economics and Political Science and MA in political science from Tel-Aviv University and a PhD in political science from the University of London (LSE). Gal is a senior teaching faculty at the Open University, where he studies the relationships between education, ethnicity, religion and citizenship. He published on ethnic politics and education, the education reform and the Palestinian society, ethnic and class voting and on citizenship after 2011 social protests. His chapter on Contested Citizenship of the Arab Spring and Beyond is forthcoming in 2014 in The Routledge Handbook of Global Citizenship Studies (edited by E. F. Isin and P. Nyers). His current research is on alternative education in the Palestinian society in Israel (Israel Science Foundation grant no. 217/09), acts of citizenship in the Arab and Jewish societies, and urban citizenship since 2011.
Dana Lloyd is a third year PhD student at the department of religion, Syracuse university, working on the intersection between law and religion. She received her MA in philosophy and law from Tel Aviv University.
Guy Lurie recently received his PhD in History from Georgetown University, to which he went with the aid of the Foreign Fulbright Doctorate Fellowship. Before going to Georgetown he completed his LLB (law degree) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and served as the coordinator of a governmental commission headed by a former Chief Justice of Israel’s Supreme Court, Justice Meir Shamgar. Dr. Lurie’s doctoral dissertation focused on citizenship in later medieval France (c. 1370 – c. 1480), and examined conceptions and practices of citizenship not only in the realm as a whole, but also in the towns of Champagne, in Brittany and in Dauphiné. Dr. Lurie serves in the research staff of the Israel Democracy Institute. His publications include articles in peer-reviewed journals and policy papers published by the Israel Democracy Institute.
Revital Madar is an MA student in the Philosophy department in the University of Tel Aviv. She is in the stage of writing her thesis in which she investigates the concept of revenge in the writing of Nietzsche, under the supervision of Prof. Adi Ophir. Madar is also a member of the research group The Political Lexicon of the Minerva Center for Humanities.
Yoav Meyrav is a doctoral candidate in the School of Philosophy at Tel Aviv University, where he also teaches. The title of his dissertation is “Themistius’ Paraphrase of Aristotle’s Metaphysics Lambda in the Medieval Arabic and Hebrew Traditions”. His primary field of interest is the transfer of Greek philosophy to the Arabic and Hebrew worlds. He is also interested in the relationship between metaphysics, ethics, and politics, in philosophy of religion, and in secularism.
Shaul Setter recently received his PhD from the department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Minerva Humanities Center and teaches in the department of literature at Tel Aviv University. His PhD dissertation deals with the formation of potential collectivities in Israel/Palestine, looking at works by S. Yizhar, Jean-Luc Godard, Jean Genet, and Haviva Pedaya. He is interested in the relationship between history and literature, desire and political thought, Israel/Palestine and Europe.
Tomer Shadmy is a direct track Ph.D. candidate at the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies at Tel Aviv University , a Doctoral Fellow at the “GlobalTrust” research project and a scholar at The Israel Democracy Institute. In 2013, Shadmy received the Dan David prize Scholarship, and in 2012 she received the Law, Transnational Space and Human Rights Research Grant. Shadmy received her LL.B. (magna cum laude, with honors) from Tel Aviv University in 2005. During 2009-2010 she was a Visiting Researcher at Sciences Po (Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris).
Sigal Shahav is writing a PhD dissertation under the supervision of Supreme Court justice Prof. Daphne Barak-Erez and Prof. Shai Lavi on “The Social and Constitutional Implications of Adjudicating Terrorists Suspects: A Comparison of General Criminal Law Procedure and Specific Terrorist Law”. Sigal received her L.L.B and LLM (cum laude) from the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel-AvivUniversity. Her issues of interests are criminal law, criminal procedure, human rights and social change, law and society, and law and politics. Sigal joins the PhD program after many years as a practitioner in the field: practicing criminal law and representing delinquent youth through Legal Aid, and as a legal advisor for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel and the National Council for Child Welfare. In these positions, she represented suspects and prisoners, lobbied the Knesset, and wrote, discussed, and worked on the following subjects: promoting prisoners’ rights, advocating against police violence, imploring for improved legal procedures in the Israel Defense Force, supporting the duty of legal representation in criminal proceedings, blocking police privatization, critiquing the Communication Data Law, adjudicating Terrorists Suspects, and using video conference in criminal proceedings.
Shai Stern is a doctoral candidate at the Zvi Meitar Center for Advanced Legal Studies at Tel Aviv University, where he is currently writing his dissertation under the guidance of Professor Hanoch Dagan. He received his LLB (cum laude) from Bar- Ilan University and was admitted to the Israeli Bar Association. Until 2011, he worked as a lawyer at S. Horowitz & Co. law firm, where he specialized in commercial litigation, dispute resolution, planning and construction, and administrative law. He served as a teaching assistant in property law and theories of property at Tel Aviv University, Bar-Ilan University, and Sapir College. Shai is a fellow at the prestigious program for Human Rights and Judaism at the Israel Democracy Institute.
Chen Strass is a doctoral candidate at the department of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she also teaches. She is writing her dissertation on representations of space and the gaze in the fiction of Israeli authors Yehoshua Kenaz and Yeshayahu Koren. Her interests include poetics and politics of space and representations of vision and power in modern literature.
Eran Tzin is a post-doctoral fellow at the department of Sociology, Political-science and Communication in the Open University. As a post-doctoral fellow, Tzin is researching the demand for the ‘right to the city’, in the post summer 2011 social protest. His doctorate, which was supervised by Prof. Oren Yiftachel and Prof. Uri Ram, dealt with the production of space in the globalizing city of Tel Aviv-Jaffa. By profession, Tzin is a lawyer. In concomitant with his PhD studies, Tzin worked as a director of the law-clinic for Social and Environmental Change at the College for Law and Business.