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The Young Scholars Forum in the Humanities and Social Sciences

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.
 
Each year, a group of young scholars from academic institutions in Israel is selected for the forum. Eligibility begins at the post-doctoral stage and ends 12 years after the scholar’s completion of her/his doctorate. A committee composed of members of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities selects the group from among candidates submitted by Academy members and by rectors and deans of institutions of higher education. The criterion for selection is extraordinary distinction in research and original thinking. The group is active for one to two years.
 
A member of the Academy heads each group and guides its discussion of a broad topic chosen for the group, which includes young scholars from a range of fields related to the topic. The group’s activity includes meetings, workshops and lectures, delivered by members of the group and occasionally by guest lecturers, who may or may not be Academy members. The group leader and participants may also decide to discuss the state of research in Israel and tools available to researchers at institutions of higher education.
 
During the initial years of the Young Scholars Forum, multidisciplinary groups were selected to examine the main topic from different disciplinary angles. In recent years, the selection of participants has focused on the group leader’s general field of study. Over the years, the forum’s participants have included jurists and economists, along with historians, philosophers, and scholars of Judaism, architecture, theater, Egyptology, Indian studies, Armenian studies and more.
 
The activity of the Young Scholars Forum is reflected in the publication by the Academy’s Publications Department of articles by group members, in international conferences, and more.
 
The Young Scholars’ Forum convenes for its fifteenth cycle in the 2018-2019 academic year, headed by Prof. Ronnie Ellenblum of the Hebrew University's Department of Geography. The topic selected for this year’s group discussion is “Fragility: Collapses in History – Society, Economy, Climate Change.”
The forum’s participants are fourteen outstanding researchers from the fields of Archaeology, Economics, Literature (Hebrew and English), Gender Studies, General Humanities, History, Middle Eastern Studies, Politics, Science, Technology and Society, Social Work and Sociology/Anthropology.
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2018-2019:
Dr. Yael Ben-Zvi Morad, Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben-Gurion Universuty of the Negev
Dr. Yitzchak Jaffe , Department of Archaeology, Haifa University
Dr. Alex Kerner, School of History, Haifa University
Dr. Kinneret Lahad, NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Michal Mahat-Shamir, Department of Social Work, Ariel University
Dr. Iris Nachum, Faculty of Humanities, The Hebrew Unuversity of Jerusalem
Dr. Jennifer Oser, Department of Politics and Government , Ben-Gurion Universuty of the Negev
Dr. Yosefa Raz, Department of English Languge & Literature, Haifa University
Dr. Areej Sabbagh-Khoury, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew Unuversity of Jerusalem
Dr. Assaf Sarid, Department of Economics, Haifa University
Dr. Michael Shenkar, Department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies, The Hebrew Unuversity of Jerusalem
Dr. Yannay Spitzer, Department of Economics, The Hebrew Unuversity of Jerusalem
Dr. Guy Stiebel, Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Noam Yuran, Science, Technology and Society Program, Bar Ilan University
 
 
 
 
The Young Scholars’ Forum will convene for its fourteenth cycle in the 2017-2018 academic year, headed by Prof. Billie Melman of Tel Aviv University’s School of Historical Studies. The topic selected for this year’s group discussion is “Empires: Colonialism, Culture and Power in the Modern Era – From the Fifteenth to the Twenty-First Century.”
The forum’s participants are thirteen outstanding researchers from the fields of history (European, Middle Eastern and African, Latin American and Jewish), Chinese studies, political science, sociology, anthropology and law.
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2017-2018:
Dr. Wael Abu-ʿUksa, Department of Political Science, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Menashe Anzi, Department of Jewish History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Dotan Arad, The department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry, Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Bashir Bashir, Department of Sociology, Political Science and Communication, The Open University of Israel
Dr. Yuval Ben-Bassat, Department of Middle Eastern History, University of Haifa
Dr. Yael Berda, department of sociology and anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem & Academy Scholar Harvard Academy for international and regional studies
Dr. Rotem Geva, Department of Asian Studies and History Department, The Hebrew university of Jerusalem
Dr. Itamar Mann, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa
Dr. Oded Rabinovitch, Department of History, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Ori Sela, Department of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Atalia Shragai, The Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Lior B Sternfeld, Department of Middle East Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
 
 
 
The Young Scholars Forum in 2016-2017 was led by Prof. Yoram Bilu of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a scholar in the field of psychological anthropology. This group, the 13th cohort, studied the phenomenon of possession – when an external entity takes over a person’s body, temporarily displacing the person’s regular identity. This phenomenon stirs interest in many fields of knowledge in the humanities and social sciences, challenging the conventional distinctions between body and soul, self and others, and reality and imagination. It raises fascinating questions concerning consciousness, identity, memory and gender.
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2016-2017:
Dr. Yaniv Fox, Department of General History, Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Uri Gabbay, Department of Archeology and the Ancient Near East, Hebrew University
Dr. Sagi Ginossar, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Hebrew University
Dr. Yehuda Halper, Department of Jewish Thought, Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Or Hasson, Mandel Scholion - Interdisciplinary research center in the Humanities and Jewish Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Adam Klin-Oron, Van Leer Institute
Dr. Lital Lieberman-Avital, Department of Jewish Thought, Division of Folklore Studies, Ben-Gurion University
Dr. Yair Lipshitz, Department of Theater Arts, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Arie (Arik) Moran, Department of Asian Studies, University of Haifa
Dr. Michal Pagis, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Gadi Sagiv, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, Open University
Dr. Ido Shahar, Department of Middle Eastern History, University of Haifa
Dr. Matan Shapiro, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University
Dr. Liora Tsarfati, Department of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Zohar Weiman-Kelman, Department of Foreign Languages and Linguistics, Ben-Gurion University
 
 
 
The 12th cohort of the Young Scholars Forum (2014-2016) was led by Prof. Ruth Berman of the Linguistics Department at Tel Aviv University. The group discussed “Functionalist Linguistics, Linguistic Typology and Language Acquisition.” The members of the group examined linguistic changes in the areas of phonology, morphology, semantics, composition and discourse..
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2014-2016:
Dr. Carmit Altman, School of Education, Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Inbal Arnon, Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Dalit Assouline, Department of Hebrew Language, Haifa University
Dr. Elitzur Bar-Asher Siegal, Linguistics Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Nora Boneh, Linguistics Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Evan-Gary Cohen, Linguistics Department, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Roey J. Gafter, Linguistics Department, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Eitan Grossman, Linguistics Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Judy Kupersmitt, Communication Disorders, Hadassah Academic College and Department of English Literature and Linguistics, Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education
Dr. Lior Laks, Department of English, Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Nurit Melnik, Department of Literature, Language and the Arts, The Open University
Dr. Aya Meltzer, Linguistics Department and Sagol School of Neuroscience, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Uri Mor, Department of Hebrew Language, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Bracha Nir, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Haifa University
Dr. Eliezer Papo, The Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Orna Peleg, Language and Cognition Lab Department, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Reut Tsarfaty, Mathematics and Computer Science Department, The Open University
 
 
 
The eleventh group of the Young Scholars Forum, established in 2013, was led by Prof. Guy G. Stroumsa of the Hebrew University’s Department of Religious Studies. The topic was “The Abrahamic Religions in Research and Teaching at Universities in Israel.” The group examined aspects of religion and politics in the Abrahamic religions, now and in the past.
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2013-2014:
Dr. Domenico Agostin, Iran Studies, The Polonsky Academy
Dr. Michal Bar-Asher, Siegal Department of Jewish Thought, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. On Barak, Department of Middle Eastern History, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Marcy Brink-Danan, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Michael Ebstein, Department of Islamic Studies, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows
Dr. Yair Furstenberg, Department of Jewish History Ben-Gurion, University of the Negev
Dr. Maoz Kahana, Department of Jewish History, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Nissim Leon, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Katelyn Mesler, Religious Studies, Skolin Institute
Dr. Barbara U. Meyer, Religious Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Arik Moran, Department of Asian Studies, Haifa University
Dr. Ophir Münz-Manor, Department of History philosophy and Jewish Studies, The Open University
Dr. Ronit Ricci, Department of East Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Shalom Sadik, Department of Middle Age philosophy, The Polonsky Academy
Dr. Gadi Sagiv, Department of Jewish Thought, The Martin Buber Society of Fellows
Dr. Arin Salamah-Qudsi, Department of Arabic Language and Literature, Haifa University
Dr. Nili Samet, Department of Bible, Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Tommaso Tesei, Department of Islam, The Polonsky Academy
Dr. Joseph Vitzum, Department of Arabic Language and Literature, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
 
 
 
Prof. Ben-Ami Shillony of the Hebrew University’s Department of Asian Studies led the tenth group of the Young Scholars Forum, formed in 2012. The group discussed various aspects of “East–West Relations in Modern History,” in the broad sense, including mutual images, influences, fears, clashes, integration and historical phenomena in Asia and in the Western world. The group concluded its meetings with a conference entitled “East and West in the Modern Era – Encounters, Conflicts and Images.”
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2012-2013:
Dr. Nir Avieli, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, Institute of Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. On Barak, Department of Middle Eastern History, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Ofer Ashkenazi, History Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Galia Benziman, Department of Literature, Language and the Arts, The Open University
Dr. Daphna Hirsh, Department of Sociology, Political Science, and Communication, The Open University
Dr. Orna Naftali, Institute of Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Dr. Tsipi Ivry, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Haifa University
Dr. Ronie Parciack, Department of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Avi Rubin, Department of Middle Eastern Studies, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Uria Shavit, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Yael Sternhell, Department of History, English and American Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Ornit Shani, Institute of Asian Studies, Haifa University
 
 
 
In 2011, the ninth group of the Young Scholars Forum was formed, led by Prof. Zeev Sternhell of the Hebrew University’s Department of Political Science. The group’s subject of discussion was “The Modern World.”
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2011-2012:
Dr. Doron Avraham, History Department, Bar Ilan University
Dr. Nissim Otmazgin, Department of East Asian Studies, Hebrew University Dr. Dana Olmert, Department of Literature, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Katya Assaf, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
Dr. Gilead Tal, School of Education, Hebrew University
Dr. Hillel Cohen, Department of Islam and Middle Eastern Studies, Hebrew University
Dr. Ishay Landa, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, Open University
Dr. Julia Lerner, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Dr. Orna Naftali, Department of East Asian Studies, Hebrew University
Dr. Dennis Sobolev, Department of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Haifa University
Dr. Inbal Ofer, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, Open University
Parciack Ronie, Department of East Asian Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Tali Kristal, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Haifa University
Dr. Hila Shamir, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
 
 
 
The eighth group of the Young Scholars Forum convened in 2010, led by Prof. Yoel Rak of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Anatomy and Anthropology. This group focused on the ancient world and related subjects. It also discussed research topics pertaining to the methodology of science and the organization of scientific research.
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2010-2011:
Dr. Ronnie Goldstein, Department of Bible, Hebrew University
Dr. Ehud Weiss, Land of Israel Studies and Archeology, Bar Ilan University
Dr. Noah Hacham, Department of Jewish History, Hebrew University o
Dr. Nellie Thaler, Philosophy Department, Hebrew University
Dr. Uzi Leibner, Institute of Archeology, Hebrew University
Dr. Emma Maayan-Fanar, Department of Art History, Haifa University
Dr. Katia Cytryn-Silverman, Institute of Archeology, Hebrew University
 
 
 
Prof. Shulamit Volkov of Tel Aviv University’s Department of History led the seventh group of the Young Scholars Forum, which began to meet in 2009. The group focused on the topic of “Text and Context.”
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2009-2010:
Dr. Benjamin Brown, Department of Jewish Thought, Hebrew University
Dr. Adi Efal, Faculty of Arts, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Yuval Eylon, Department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, Open University
Dr. Daphna Hacker, Faculty of Law and NCJW Women and Gender Studies Program, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Adia Mendelson-Maoz, Department of Literature, Language and the Arts, Open University
Dr. Amos Morris-Reich, Department of Jewish History, Haifa University
Dr. Yuval Noah Harari, Department of History, Hebrew University
Dr. Noam Reisner, Department of English and American Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Analia Schlosser, School of Economics, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Haim Weiss, Department of Hebrew Literature, Ben-Gurion University
Dr. Assaf Yasur-Landau, Department of Maritime Civilizations and the Leon Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, Haifa University
 
 
 
The sixth Young Scholars Forum group, formed in 2008, was led by Prof. Menachem Brinker of the Hebrew University’s Departments of Hebrew Literature Philosophy. Prof. Brinker chose the general topic of “Interpretation.”
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2008-2009:
Dr. Talia Fisher, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Miriam Goldstein, Department of Arabic, Bar Ilan University
Dr. Tamar Hess, Department of Hebrew Literature, Hebrew University
Dr. Yaakov Mascetti, Department of Comparative Literature, Bar Ilan University
Dr. Galit Noga-Banai, Department of the History of Art, Hebrew University
Dr. Rami Reiner, Department of Jewish Thought, Ben Gurion University
Dr. Andrea Rotstein, Department of Classics, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Zur Shalev, Department of General History, Haifa University
Dr. Dimitry Shumsky, Department of Jewish History, Hebrew University
Dr. Galia Yanoshevsky, Department of French Culture, Bar Ilan University
 
 
 
Prof. Margalit Finkelberg of Tel Aviv University’s Department of Classics led the fifth group of the Young Scholars Forum, which convened in 2007. The main topic of the group’s meetings was “Methodologies.”
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2007-2008:
Dr. Sharon Aronson-Lehavi, Department of Comparative Literature, Bar Ilan University
Dr. Ruben Borg, Department of English, Hebrew University
Dr. Sarit Cohen Goldner, Department of Economics, Bar Ilan University
Dr. Oren Gazal-Ayal, Department of Law, Haifa University
Dr. Orna Harari, Philosophy Department, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Tamar Herzig, Department of History, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Ronit Kark, Department of Psychology, and Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Bar-Ilan University
Dr. Eran Neuman, David Azrieli School of Architecture, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Amit Pinchevski, Department of Communication and Journalism, Hebrew University
Dr. Sharon Zuckerman, Department of Archaeology, Hebrew University
 
 
 
The fourth group of the Young Scholars Forum, which began meeting in 2006, was led by Prof. Nili Cohen of Tel Aviv University’s Faculty of Law (and current president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities). “Globalization” was the group’s main topic of discussion. Several sessions were devoted to the subject of the humanities and to the Academy’s report on The Future of the Humanities in Universities in Israel.
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2006-2007:
Dr. Yishai Blank, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Arlette David, Department of Ancient Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations, Hebrew University
Dr. Hila Keren, Department of Law, Hebrew University
Dr. Diego Olstein, Department of History, Hebrew University
Dr. Efraim Podoksik, Department of Political Science, Hebrew University
Dr. Ishai Rosen-Zvi, Department of Hebrew Culture, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Sarit Shalev-Eyni, Art History Department, Hebrew University
Dr. Amram Tropper, Department of Jewish History, Ben Gurion University
Dr. Nehama Verbin, Philosophy Department, Tel Aviv University
 
 
 
The third group of the Young Scholars Forum was established in 2005 and led by Prof. Yosef Kaplan of Hebrew University’s Departments of History and Jewish History. The subject “My Professional Creed,” and the discussions focused on the intellectual’s involvement in society and his/her professional, cultural and disciplinary identity. The group also discussed the state of the humanities in Israel.
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2005-2006:
Dr. Elie Assis, Faculty of Jewish Studies, Department of Bible, Bar Ilan University
Dr. Yair Bar-Haim, Psychology Department, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Yaron Ben-Naeh, Department of Jewish History, Hebrew University
Dr. Yoram Cohen, Department of Archaeology and Ancient Near Eastern Cultures, Tel Aviv University
Dr. David Enoch, Philosophy Department and Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
Dr. Paul Frosh, Department of Communication and Journalism, Hebrew
University
Dr. Guy Miron, Jewish History Department, Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies
Dr. Iris Shagrir, Department of History, Open University
Dr. Fruma Zachs, Department of Middle Eastern History, Haifa University
Dr. Tzachi Zamir, Department of English and Department of General and Comparative Literature, Hebrew University
 
 
 
Prof. Yohanan Friedmann of the Department of Islamic Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem led the second group of the Young Scholars Forum, in 2004-2005.
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2004-2005:
Dr. Guy Beiner, Department of General History, Ben-Gurion University
Dr. Yigal Bronner, Indian Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Avraham Faust, Institute of Archaeology, Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar Ilan University
Dr. Naama Friedmann, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Mahmoud Kayyal, Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Sergio La Porta, Department of Armenian Studies, Hebrew University
Dr. Eyal Regev, Institute of Archaeology, Department of Land of Israel Studies and Archaeology, Bar Ilan University
Dr. Meir Yaish, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Haifa University
Dr. Uri Yiftach, Department of Classics, Hebrew University
 
 
 
The first group of the Young Scholars Forum in the Humanities and Social Sciences was led by Prof. Menahem Yaari, an economist and philosopher from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, who was president of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities when the forum was established in 2003. The group addressed the subject of “Evolution in the Humanities and Social Sciences.”
Members of the Young Scholars Forum in 2003-2004: 
Dr. Michal Biran, Institute of Asian and African Studies, Hebrew University
Dr. Eli Dresner, Philosophy Department, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Ran Hassin, Psychology Department, Hebrew University
Dr. Meir Hemmo , Philosophy Department, Haifa University
Dr. Michael Mousa Karayanni, Faculty of Law, Hebrew University
Dr. Shai Lavi, Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Iris Rachamimov, Department of History, Tel Aviv University
Dr. Orna Sasson-Levy, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and
Program in Gender Studies, Bar Ilan University
Dr. Ran Spiegler, School of Economics, Tel Aviv University