Humanities

Humanities

The Faculty of Humanities was the Hebrew University’s first faculty, and has since been home to the great minds that have nurtured and inspired subsequent generations.

 


About Humanities: The Breadth of Human Experience


The Faculty of Humanities is a wellspring of Israel’s intellectual life and a worldwide leader that was recently ranked 41st among the world’s universities in the arts and humanities. It spans a rich diversity of disciplines and research fields — from cultures, civilizations and languages to education, archaeology and the full array of Jewish studies — whose variety reflects the breadth of human experience.


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The University: A Good Neighbor?

Universities can play a major urban role as anchor institutes for the city – opening their campuses and facilities to neighboring areas; enriching the city’s residents in education, health, and culture as well as employment. However, this issue is a complex one, especially in Israel, where universities are literally walled off and access is only possible through guarded entry points. Can the Israeli university actually help create a better city?

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Study Unveils Maps of Jerusalem from the 17th and 18th Centuries

The study, undertaken with the assistance of the Israel Science Foundation (ISF), analyzes a group of images drawn in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in the monasteries of the Greek Orthodox patriarchate of Jerusalem, which are in fact maps that depict Jerusalem and the Holy Land. These maps were drawn in a style typical of ecclesiastic art and are very different from the maps that we know today, which have been widespread in the West since printing began. This group of “maps-icons” has unique characteristics in terms of content, cartographic outlook, and iconography. They were drawn in Jerusalem and sold to pilgrims who took them home as souvenirs from the Holy Land; thus, they were distributed around the world.

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Did the Khazars Convert to Judaism? New Research Says No. Hebrew University professor cites lack of any reliable source for conversion story

Exhaustive analysis by the Hebrew University's Prof. Shaul Stampfer of the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies has concluded that the popular story of the conversion of the Khazars, a central Asian people, is a legend with no factual basis. Having reexamined the original sources of the story, Prof. Stampfer found many distortions, contradictions and false references. The refutation of the Khazar conversion narrative may force historians to reevaluate their understanding of Eastern European Jewish history.

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From Goethe to Elfriede Jelinek: Hebrew University and Freie Universität Berlin launch joint English-language lecture series on German literature

In cooperation with Freie Universität Berlin and with the support of the Axel Spring Foundation, the Hebrew University has launched a lecture series on German literature, covering German literature since the Middle Ages. The result of a strategic partnership between the universities, the lecture series aims to strengthen and reinvigorate German literature studies at the University, offering students a new perspective on German literature and culture. More

Do cultural differences determine outcome of our activities? Not necessarily, say Hebrew U., French and Australian researchers

A study conducted by Dr. Leore Grosman and Dr. Enora Gandon of the Hebrew University’s Institute of Archaeology, with colleagues from the University of Aix-Marseille in France and Deakin University in Australia, proves that different cultural approaches to various tasks do not necessarily produce different results. Their research approach, says the team, represents an innovative way of assessing the cultural aspect of human motor skills.

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