Conference Participants, Jerusalem 2019

Conference Participants – Jerusalem, 2019

Picture of Roni Beer-Marx

Roni Beer-Marx is a faculty member in the department of History, Philosophy and Judaic Studies, at the Open University of Israel. Her research deals with the history of Jewish Orthodoxy, the history of the Hebrew press and the tension between tradition and progress among Jewish communities in East Europe and Old Yishuv in Eretz Israel. Her book: Fortresses of Paper – The Newspaper HaLevanon and Jewish Orthodoxy (Hebrew) was published at the Zalman Shazar Center for Jewish History in 2017.

Naomi Brenner


Michal Fram Cohen wrote her dissertation on Sarah Feiga Foner, the Hebrew woman writer of the Haskalah, at Bar-Ilan University. Michal published articles on Foner’s writings and spoke about her in academic conferences. She currently works as a seminar paper supervisor at the Open University of Israel.Uri S. Cohen teaches Hebrew and Italian literature at Tel Aviv University.


Uri S. Cohen teaches Hebrew and Italian literature at Tel Aviv University.


Amir Engel teaches at the German department at the Hebrew University. He studied philosophy, literature and culture studies at the Hebrew University and completed his Ph.D. at the German Studies department at Stanford University. He then taught and conducted research at the Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main. His book Gershom Scholem: and Intellectual Biography came out with University of Chicago Press in 2017. He is currently working on a project about postwar European Culture, titled “After the Shock: The Uniqueness of the Immediate Postwar.” And he is writing a book on German Jewish esotericism.


Roy Greenwald is a faculty member at the department of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, where he also serves as the Norbert Blechner and Friends Career Development Chair in East European Jewish Culture. His book, Geopoetics: the Poetry of Avot Yeshurun, is forthcoming from the Bialik Institute. He has published articles on modern Jewish poetry in Hebrew and Yiddish. His current project focuses on the representations of pogroms in modern Jewish literature.


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Urszula Glensk, professor at the University of Wroclaw is interested in reportage and documentary literature. She published five books, including Historia słabych. Reportaż i życie w Dwudziestoleciu 1918-1939. This book got an Award for science from the Prime Minister and History Award from the weekly magazine „Polityka”. Her last book Hirszfeldowie – zrozumieć krew was nominated for the Nike Prize, the most important literary award.


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David Guedj is a historian of the Jews in Muslim lands, specializing in the culture and society of North African Jewish communities in the 19th and 20th centuries. The doctoral dissertation that he wrote as part of his studies at Tel Aviv University’s School of Jewish Studies focuses on the attitudes of Moroccan Jewry toward the building of Hebrew culture in the first half of the 20th century. Among other awards, David is a recipient of the President of Israel’s scholarship for excellence and scientific innovation for outstanding doctoral students for 2015-2017. In 2018-2019, he was awarded the Chateaubriand Fellowship and served as a research fellow at INALCO in Paris. In 2019-2020, he will be a research fellow at the Kreitman School of Advanced Studies at Ben-Gurion University, as part of the Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism.


Matthew Handelman

Picture of Tamir Karkason

Tamir Karkason is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Jewish History, Ben-Gurion University, and a teaching fellow at The Hebrew University. After completing his doctoral thesis (The Hebrew University, 2018), he is now working on the manuscript of his first book, on the Ottoman-Jewish enlightenment in the nineteenth century. Karkason was the Olamot center visiting fellow at the Borns Jewish Studies Program, Indiana University (2018-2019), where he taught classes on Zionist thought and Israeli history.


Joel Kohen studied at the Free University Berlin and Duke University, majoring in Economics and Literature. He has received scholarships from the Ernst Reuter Foundation and the German Academic Scholarship Foundation. His research interests include the comparative development of literary theory in the United States and France, Jewish culture in West Germany and American art criticism during the Cold War.


Picture of Sveltana Natkovich

Svetlana Natkovich is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Jewish History in Haifa University. In 2015 she published a monograph: Among Radiant Clouds: Literature of Vladimir (Ze’ev) Jabotinsky in its Social Context. She currently works on questions of the mid-19th century Russian-Jewish self-fashioning.


Lilah Nethanel is a senior lecturer at the department of Hebrew Literature in Bar-Ilan University. Her book David Vogel’s writing Hand: A Reflection on Writing was published in 2012. Her monograph study on the life and work of the Jewish author Zalman Shneour is expected by the end of 2019 by Mosad Bialik publishing.


Gideon Nevo teaches at the Department of Hebrew literature at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His latest book: In the light of reality: Nathan Alterman’s journalistic poetry came out last year.


Shachar Pinsker

Picture of Meirav Reuveny

Meirav Reuveny is a PhD candidate in the department of Jewish history in the Hebrew University and a fellow in the Natan Rotenstreich scholarship program. Her research concerns the discourse about the Hebrew language during the long nineteenth century, as reflected in polemics in the Jewish press of central- and Eastern Europe.


Picture of Giddon Ticotsky

Giddon Ticotsky is a Mandel Scholion Fellow here at the Hebrew University and teaches at the Hebrew as well as the Comparative Literature Departments. He had recently co-edited with Uri S. Cohen a volume of selected essays and articles by Natan Alterman written in the 1930s.


Picture of Hansjakob Ziermer

Hansjakob Ziemer is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, received his Dr. phil. in Modern History at the HU Berlin in 2007 after studying in Berlin, Oxford and Stanford. His dissertation, „Die Moderne hören: Das Konzert als urbanes Forum, 1890-1940“ (Campus Verlag), was published in 2008. He ist he co-editor of the Handbuch Sound: Geschichte – Begriffe – Ansätze, Stuttgart: Metzler 2018 (with Daniel Morat) and of the Oxford Handbook for the History of Music Listening in the 19th and 20th centuries, New York: Oxford University Press 2018 (with Christian Thorau). Among his publications are articles on the cultural history of emotions, concert life, listening and journalism.