2015 Conference: Israelis and Diaspora Jews - Confronting Secularization and Secularism
Prof. Shmuel Feiner's Opening Lecture
Prof. Shmuel Feiner, of Bar-Ilan University, delivers a lecture on Jewish secularization at the turn of the 20th century.
Between Old and New: Modernization and Secularization in the Middle East
Prof. Meir Litvak, of Tel Aviv University, chairs the second session, entitled, "Between Old and New: Modernization and Secularization in the Middle East."
Nations and Their Ethno-Religious Others
Omri Shafer Raviv, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, delivers his lecture, entitled "How is it going to work out?: Research in Service of Occupation"
Prof Simone Schweber
Prof Simone Schweber of the George L.Mosse / Laurence A. Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was the Chairperson and Discussant of the first panel, entitled, "Nations and their Ethno-Religious Others."
The Moshe Dayan Center and the Mosse / Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (CJS) have launched a joint five-year program, as a result of the leadership and vision of TAU Governor Richard Sincere and his wife, Debra.
The program supports academic cooperation, joint conferences and publications, and scholarly exchange programs in the fields of Jewish, Israel and Middle East studies. The specific research focus of the joint work is “The Role of Religion in the Public Sphere – the Contemporary Middle East."The first round of presentations on the subject by both groups included talks on women in the Arab Spring revolution and the Internet as a platform for public expression. It promises to provide a “playground” for developing cutting-edge research in our field.
Moreover, the TAU component, inaugurated as the Debra and Richard Sincere Tel Aviv University Project in Middle Eastern Studies, offers young doctoral candidates generous scholarships to enable them to complete their studies.
Without the vision and generosity of the Sincere family, this robust multi-year program would not be possible. It represents a major vote of confidence in the Moshe Dayan Center, and reinforces the standing of the MDC, and TAU, as a major global center of expertise in the field of Middle East Studies.
The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies (MDC) is a non-partisan interdisciplinary research center devoted to the study of the contemporary Middle East and Africa. For over half a century, the MDC has helped to explain the complexities of the modern Middle East. Our guiding principle is that in order to understand the region, one must understand its cultures, peoples, languages, religions, and history.