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Humanities Division

About the Humanities Division

The Humanities Division in 2017–2018 brings together 61 members from various disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including Archeology, Linguistics, Jewish History, Hebrew Language, Ancient Near Eastern Studies, Economics, Classics, Religious Studies, Political Science, Jewish Thought, Bible Studies, Law, Literature, Statistics, Psychology and Philosophy.

The Onomasticon of Eretz Israel Project

The Onomasticon of Eretz Israel (The Onomasticon of Iudaea•Palaestina and Arabia in the Greek and Latin Sources) consolidates all the passages in Greek and Latin that mention geographic and ethnic names in Eretz Israel (Palestine) and its immediate vicinity, from the middle of the fourth century BCE (shortly before the conquest of the area by Alexander the Great) until the Muslim conquest in the middle of the seventh century CE.

The Ezra Fleischer Geniza Research Project for Hebrew Poetry

The Geniza Research Project for Hebrew Poetry was established by the Israel Academy in 1967, with the aim of deciphering, identifying and cataloguing fragments of liturgical poems (piyutim) preserved in the Cairo Geniza.

Monumenta Germaniae Historica

The Israel Academy and the Monumenta Germaniae Historica (MGH), Munich, Germany, have established a joint project to prepare critical editions of Hebrew writings from medieval Ashkenaz (i.e., Franco-Germany) communities.

The Young Scholars Forum in the Humanities and Social Sciences

The Young Scholars Forum was launched in 2004 with the aim of bringing together outstanding young scholars in Israel. In addition to serving as a platform for discussion and thought, the forum is designed to promote collaborative intellectual and research activity among researchers from different institutions and from a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

The Interdisciplinary Forum on Late Antiquity

The Humanities Division of the Israel Academy hosts an Interdisciplinary Forum on Late Antiquity, headed by Academy Member Prof. Maren Niehoff.

German-Israeli Frontiers of the Humanities Symposium – GISFOH

The German-Israeli Frontiers of the Humanities Symposium (GISFOH) is a series of interdisciplinary binational conferences established in 2009 and co-organized by the Israel Academy and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. 

Past Projects

Among the Humanities Division past projects: Hebrew Palaeography Project, History Discipline Committee, The Prayer Project, Halakhic Literature in Judaeo-Arabic and Jewish Liturgy.