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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

New Book — “Plato’s Republic as a Philosophical Drama on Doing Well”, by Ivor Ludlam

A new book by Ivor Ludlam, affiliated with the Migrating Knowledge research group at the Minerva Humanities Center:
Plato’s “Republic” as a Philosophical Drama on Doing Well. Lexington Books, 2015

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New Book — Therapy in Translation: Therapeutic Discourse between the Local and the Global (Forthcoming, 2015, in Hebrew)

Editors José Brunner and Galia Plotkin-Amrami
The book seeks to contribute to current discussions regarding the scientific, social, and cultural position of the mental-therapy discourse in Israel as well as globally, by presenting this discourse as the outcome of an interactive cycle of translation, constantly moving between the local-particular and the general-global, giving rise to various combinations between science and culture.

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Lexicon for Political Theory: Encyclopedia in the Making

Academic Director: Prof. Adi Ophir
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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Events & Publciations

New Book: “Movement and the Ordering of Freedom”, by Hagar Kotef

We are excited to announce the publication of a new book by Hagar Kotef, a research fellow at the Minerva Humanities Center:
Hagar Kotef, Movement and the Ordering of Freedom: on Liberal Governances of Mobility. Duke University Press, 2015

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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

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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Research Workshop – Spaces of Living Together – December 23-24, 2014

The workshop elaborated the themes of “Spaces of Living Together: Control, Resistence, Partnership” by bringing together scholars and activists from various disciplines, institutions and fields of knowledge and action, for two intensive days of lectures and discussions.

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