07/11/2018


Call for Applications

The Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute invites applications for up to six Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowships in the humanities or social sciences tenable for up to five years, beginning October 1, 2019. The Fellowship offers an annual stipend of $40,000. Yearly renewal will be contingent upon demonstrated progress in research. Fellows are expected to be physically present at the Institute for consecutive years during the period of the award. Applications will be considered from those awarded a Ph.D. on or after October 1, 2012. The deadline for submissions is January 7, 2019.

For further information, please see here.


13/03/2018


Symposium: English-Only Academe? The Question of the Language of the Humanities and the Social Sciences in Israel

Israel’s higher education system is becoming increasingly integrated into the international academic community. This process has many positive aspects but also dangerous ramifications. One of those ramifications is the growing rift between scholars and the local society and culture.

The gathering was attended by researchers and officials in the higher education system who discussed the erosion of the status of the Hebrew language in the Israeli academic world. They also discussed the special, and even more fragile, state of Arabic in Israel’s academe.

The symposium was organized by Dr. Ofri Ilani , Polonsky Academy Fellow.

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08/03/2018


In honor of Dr. Leonard Polonsky

A special event took place to mark Dr. Leonard Polonsky’s ninetieth birthday, with gratitude for his longtime support. A festive reception was held at the Polonsky Academy with the participation of the Polonsky family, Polonsky Academy Fellows and Alumni, and guests.


16-17/01/2018


Conference: The Borders of Perception

Perceptual experience is undoubtedly central in our lives. It provides us with the bulk—if not all—of the information we have about the external world. It is crucial to our survival and the survival of our evolutionary relatives. It’s also central to most of the sources of meaning and enjoyment that we have in our lives.

These facts have contributed to a rich history of research on the philosophy of perception that goes back thousands of years. But the developments of the last few decades in cognitive and perceptual sciences have led to an explosion of new and innovative developments in the philosophy of perception as well.

The aim of this conference was to further these recent developments by bringing together several of the top scholars in the field to present and workshop new work on a range of philosophical topics related to perceptual experience. Bringing these scholars together also allowed them to see the relationship between their projects in a way that would be difficult to do outside of a conference of this nature.

The conference was organized by Dr. Elvira Di Bona (The Polonsky Academy) and Dr. Preston Werner (The Hebrew University).

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12/11/2017


Guest Scholar: Prof. Hartry Field from New York University

We were honored to host Prof. Hartry Field from the Department of Philosophy at New York University, New York, USA. Prof. Field gave a lecture on “Modal Conditionals and the Semantic Paradoxes”, and held an open discussion with Polonsky Academy Fellows on his work in progress.


26/10/2017


Beginning of the New Academic Year

The academic year 2017-18 opened with an Orientation Day at the Polonsky Academy. On this occasion, we welcomed our new fellows who were introduced to continuing Fellows and to the Van Leer academic and administrative staff. Later that week, the new academic year was celebrated in a joint barbeque party for Polonsky Academy Fellows and the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University.


10/09/2017


Book release:”The Essence of Choice in Medieval Jewish Philosophy”

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Shalom Sadik’s book “The Essence of Choice in Medieval Jewish Philosophy” (in Hebrew) has just been published by The Van Leer Institute Press and Magnes Press. Dr. Shalom Sadik is a Polonsky Academy Alumnus and currently serves as a senior lecturer in the Department of Jewish Thought at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. For further particulars, please visit the following Here.


24/04/2017


Polonsky Fellows’ Field Trip

This year, our field trip headed for Haifa and the Carmel Mountains. We followed unique religious minorities and got acquainted with the history, diverse and interesting traditions, and beliefs of various communities in the city and its surroundings.


14/03/2017


Guest Scholar: Prof. Mark Risjord from Emory College of Arts and Sciences

We were honored to host Prof. Mark Risjord from the Department of Philosophy at Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Prof. Risjord held an open discussion with the Polonsky Academy Fellows on “Well-Being: Pluralism, Naturalism, and Interdisciplinarity”, and a workshop on writing academic grant applications. In addition, Prof. Risjord gave a public lecture at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute titled “Improvisation and Social Action: Perspectives from Philosophy and the Social Sciences” .


05/03/2017


The Council of Higher Education approved two new programmes for higher education, which were designed and will be coordinated by a Polonsky Academy alumna and a current fellow.

We are delighted to congratulate Dr. Sinai Rusinek, Polonsky Academy alumna and Dr. Almog Behar, Polonsky Academy fellow, upon the Council of Higher Education’s approval of their two new programmes for higher education. The first, The Digital Humanities Programme at Haifa University, was designed by and will be coordinated by Dr. Sinai Rusinek. The second, The Arab-Jewish culture studies programme at Tel Aviv University (with collaboration of the Ben Gurion University of the Negev) was designed by and will be coordinated by Dr. Almog Behar.


19-20/02/2017


Workshop with Dr. Michael Sharp, an editor at CUP

We were honored to host Dr. Michael Sharp, a well-established editor in the general academic publishing world, with 17 years of experience as a commissioning editor at Cambridge University Press. Dr. Sharp led a two-day workshop about how to get one’s book published and discussed a number of issues in contemporary publishing. The workshop included general sessions for all fellows and individual meetings to consult fellows with regard to their publishing plans.


23/01/2017


Beyond “Crisis”: Meeting Points between the Humanities and the Sciences

We are happy to inform of a monthly colloquium for the Van Leer Campus, which will bring together Polonsky Academy Fellows and Alumni, with researchers of The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. At each session, two researchers will select a reading that will be the basis of discussion and give a short presentation on the reading. This project is an innovative exploration of a future for the sciences and the humanities beyond the current sense of crisis. The colloquium is for invitees only.

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18/12/2016


Fellows and Alumni meeting

In the framework of the Polonsky Academy Fellows’ Weekly Seminar, we hosted four of the Polonsky Academy Alumni. Following an opening talk by Prof. Gabriel Motzkin, alumni shared their experience in the processes of Book Publishing and Job Talks, and conversations were held between fellows and alumni.

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12-14/12/2016


Conference: Iran between the Sasanians and Early Islam

On the basis of textual and material sources, this workshop investigated the way in which, as well as the extent to which elements of Iranian culture, art, religion, ideology and politics were transplanted into the Islamic world and transformed by the emergent Islamic culture. This conference was organized by Dr. Domenico Agostini (Polonsky Academy Fellow, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute); Prof. Shaul Shaked (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Israeli Academy of Sciences and Humanities); Dr. Julia Rubanovich (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem); and Dr. Michael Shenkar (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem).

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01/11/2016


Call for Applications

The Polonsky Academy at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute invites applications for up to six Polonsky Postdoctoral Fellowships in the humanities or social sciences tenable for up to five years, beginning October 1, 2017. The Fellowship offers an annual stipend of $40,000. Yearly renewal will be contingent upon demonstrated progress in research. Fellows are expected to be physically present at the Institute for consecutive years during the period of the award. Applications will be considered only if the Ph.D. dissertation was completed no longer than seven years ago. The deadline for submissions is February 1, 2017.

For further information, please see here.


30/10/2016


Opening of the new academic year

The new academic year was opened with an Orientation Day at the Polonsky Academy. On this occasion, we welcomed newcomer fellows, who got them acquainted with continuing ones and with the heads of the Van Leer Academic Units.

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29/10/2016


Book release: ‘Narava spremembe v jainisticni filozofiji (Nature of Change in Jain Philosophy)’

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Ana Bajzelj’s book ‘Narava spremembe v jainisticni filozofiji (Nature of Change in Jain Philosophy)’ has just been published by Ljubljana University Press.


07/07/2016


Book release: ‘Freedom in the Arab World: Concepts and Ideologies in Arabic Thought in the Nineteenth Century’

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Weal Abu Uksa’ book Freedom in the Arab World: Concepts and Ideologies in Arabic Thought in the Nineteenth Century has just been published with Cambridge University Press. For further particulars, please visit the following Here.


19/05/2016


New Work on Ineffability

This workshop organized by Dr Silvia Jonas will bring together the leading analytical philosophers working on the topic of ineffability in order to discuss and exchange ideas and open up new directions for further research.

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Venue: Polonsky Academy, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute


28/03/2016


Book release: “Ineffability and its Metaphysics: The Unspeakable in Art, Religion, and Philosophy”

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Silvia Jonas’ book Ineffability and its Metaphysics: The Unspeakable in Art, Religion, and Philosophy has just been published with Palgrave Macmillan, New York. For further particulars, please visit the following Here.


10/01/2016


Book release: ‘Justifying Genocide: Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler’

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Stefan Ihrig’ book Justifying Genocide: Germany and the Armenians from Bismarck to Hitler has just been published with Harvard University Press. For further particulars, please visit the following Here.