Raef Zreik is a graduate of The Hebrew University (LL.M., 1988; LL.B. 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).
Avital Barak is a yoga instructor and a PhD candidate at the Porter School of Cultural Studies at the Tel Aviv University. Her research focuses on performance in public space and the relationship between movement and resistance. She teaches at the Kibbutzim College of Arts Department of Movement. Barak also curators and produces various art events and the coordinator of the “Living Together” research group at the Minerva center.
Ronnen Ben-Arie completed his PhD studies at the Division of Government and Political Theory, School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa. In his dissertation he explored the concepts of resistance in the political thought of Gilles Deleuze and Michel Foucault, as a basis for thinking of possibilities for transformation of social and political order. His areas of research include spatialities of power, resistance and change in contemporary political theory and continental philosophy; contested urban spaces; settler colonialisn in Palestine; and the political, ethical and professional manifestations and implications of alternative planning. He explores these issues with a focus on concepts of citizenship and activism, through heterogeneous spaces in Israel-Palestine.
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.
Irit Aviram is a clinical psychologist and a PhD student in the School of Psychological Sciences at Tel Aviv University. Irit holds an MA in clinical psychology (magna cum laude) and an MA in philosophy (summa cum laude). Her dissertation discusses the concept of Otherness in psychoanalysis, philosophy and gender studies, and examines its relationship to violence in a conceptual framework of psychoanalytic ethics and critical theory. Irit is a practicing psychologist at a private clinic in Tel Aviv and studying at the Center for Psychoanalytically Oriented Psychotherapy Studies (Hlfba).
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.
Keren Dotan has recently received her PhD from NYU. 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) from Tel Aviv University. Her dissertation investigated Mizrahi writers of late Ottoman rule and the beginning of the British Mandate, and she is primarily interested in questions of modernity, secularism, and Mizrahi critique.
Orit Dudai is a PhD researcher at the Psychoanalysis and Hermeneutics Program, Department for Hermeneutics and Culture, Bar Ilan University. Her PhD interdisciplinary research, under the supervision of Dr. Liran Razinsky and Dr. Sandra Meiri, investigates primitive preverbal mental states, such as revenge, through the cinematic language. Her interest is in aspects of culture, poetics and psychoanalysis, especially at the interplay between psychoanalysis and cinema. Orit is an Art Therapist and supervisor, practicing psychotherapy in a private clinic, Tel Aviv.
Noa Hazan (PhD) is a visual culture critic and researcher. She is a research fellow at the Minerva Humanities Center in Tel-Aviv University where she is currently working on a new visual project focusing on Temple Mount photographs. Her previous works highlighted the centrality of racial markers in Israeli governmental photography since the establishment of the Israeli state until today. In her recent work on Israeli institutional museums, she revealed the connections between nationality, gender and race in historical and contemporary exhibitions. Noa is co-editor of the first Israeli anthology of visual culture that will be published by the Hakibbutz Hameuchad publishing group in 2015. She is currently completing her books black and white photography, and Race and Visual Culture in Israel.
Prof. Oded Heilbronner teaches history and cultural studies at the Shenkar College of Art&Design in Tel-Aviv and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He has published widely on German, European, German-Jewish and Catholic history of Europe, on popular culture in Britain,on theories of cultural studies, and on Nazism, Holocaust and Antisemitism.In the last year his main research field is Isrseli History esp.the History of Mental Health Patients and Suicides in Israeli Society. His articles have appeared in English, Hebrew and German in journals such as the Journal of Modern History, Comparative Studies in Society and History, Historische Zeitschrift, Geschichte und Gesellshaft, and the Journal of Social History. His books include England’s Dreaming. The Beatles, England and the Sixties (Jerusalem,2008), Populäre Kultur, Populärer Liberalismus und das Bürgertum im ländlichen Deutschland, 1860s–1930s (Munich 2006), Catholicism, Political Culture and the Countryside: A Social History of the Nazi Party in South Germany (Ann Arbor,1998), The Rise of the Nazi Party to Power (Jerusalem,1994). His most recent book is From Popular Liberalism to National Socialism: Religion, Culture and Politics in South-Western Germany, Ashgate 2016.
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.
Tom Pessah teaches at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. His doctoral dissertation, written at the Department of Sociology, the University of California, Berkeley, analyzes the representation of ethnic cleansing in settler democracies (Israel, the United States, Australia and New Zealand). He is interested in race and ethnicity, political sociology and cultural sociology.
Sivan Rajuan Shtang (PhD) is a visual culture critic and researcher. Her work deals with relations between gender, photography and literature; queer politics, photography and the Zionist body and with theories of performance and political resistance. In her recent work she deals with the connections between nationality, gender, sexuality and race in historical institutional photography and with the work of Mizrahi contemporary artists. Sivan is co-editor of the first Israeli anthology of visual culture that will be published by the Hakibbutz Hameuchad & Shenkar publishing group in the beginning of 2017. She teaches at the Culture Studies Unit in Shenkar College for Engineering, Design and Art, and at the Culture, Creation and Production Department in Sapir college.
Nitzan Rothem examines the mutual commitment between the individual and society in late-modernity. She finds a current shift in the patterns of commitment, and suggests that there is a moral and conceptual movement from solidarity to responsibility and from self-sacrifice to emotional containment. Nitzan is a researcher of the relations between the military and society. She discusses the cultural attitudes to military suicide, and returning from captivity in Israel and the United States. Nitzan is a post-doctoral fellow in The Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Avi Shilon holds a Ph. D in political science. His dissertation focused on The Revisionist Movement Leaders’ Attitudes Toward Jewish religion, 1925-2005.He is currently a Postdoctoral fellow at the Tsinghua University, Beijing, in which he teaching there “Israel studies” for the first time. On 2015-2015 he was postdoctoral fellow at New-York University. His first book, “Menachem Begin: A Life”, was published by Yale University press on 2012. His second book, “Ben Gurion in the political wilderness” (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016) explores Ben Gurion’s world-view after his retirement.
Chen Strass is a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Hebrew Literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where she also teaches. She holds a B.A. in Hebrew literature and behavioral sciences (cum laude) and M.A. in Hebrew literature (magna cum laude). Strass is writing her dissertation on representations of space and vision in the prose of Israeli authors Yehoshua Kenaz and Yeshayahu Koren. Her interests include the poetics and politics of space and representations of vision and power in modern literature. She is also a literary critic in Haaretz newspaper.
Amnon Yuval is the head of the History Department at Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and Arts (Tel Aviv), where he teaches modern European history. He wrote his doctoral dissertation, “The Politics of Emotions: Henry Redhead Yorke and the Disenchantment with the French Revolution in Great Britain, 1789-1827,” at Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) in Paris. His current research deals with the French Revolution and the concept of Trauma.
Raef Zreik; Avital Barak; Ronnen Ben-Arie; Amer Dahamshe; Azar Dakwar; Keren Dotan; Gal Levy; Tom Pesah; Nitzan Rothem; Shaul Setter; Avi Shilon; Chen Strass;