Elad Lapidot

Elad Lapidot is a lecturer for philosophy and Talmud at the Freie Univeristät, Universität der Künste, Humboldt Universität and the Center for Jewish Studies in Berlin. His work
situates itself between contemporary philosophy and rabbinic thought, and is centrally guided by the basic question concerning the relation between epistemology and politics. He has been
translating to Hebrew works of, among others, Levinas, Husserl, Heidegger and Hegel. Among his publications: Etre sans mot dire: La logiqe de ‘Sein und Zeit’ (2010); “Translating Philosophy” (2012) ; “Fragwürdige Sprache. Zur Phänomenologie der Heiligen Zunge” (2013).


Hannah Tzuberi

Hannah Tzuberi was born in Hamburg, Germany, and studied Jewish Studies and Islamic Studies in Berlin. Over the course of her studies, she has focused on reading the Talmud and was engaged in feminist theory and gender studies. Being rised as a non-Jewish German and having converted to Judaism later on, she developed an interest in studying more specifically the conditions and premises, that inform the academic study of Judaism, and more generally, the premises of secular knowledge production. She is currently living with two kids and her husband in Berlin.


Itamar Ben-Ami

Itamar Ben-Ami is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a graduate of the ultra-Orthodox yeshiva world. His dissertation, “the Schmittian Jews: Leo Strauss, Isaac Breuer, and the Invention of Jewish Theological Politics”, focuses on critical and theocratic conceptualizations of the modern sovereign state, concentrating on the thought of German-Jewish thinkers in the Weimar Republic. His research interests include intellectual history, political theology, critical political theory, and conceptual history. His dissertation is being written under the guidance of Prof. Dan Avnon and Prof. Menachem Lorberbaum.



Ivan Segré

Born in 1973 in Paris, studied modern philosophy in Paris and Talmud in Jerusalem and Bnei Brak. Segré has written 6 books, two of them have been translated into English: Reflexions on antisemitism (Verso Books, 2013), The Ethics of an outlaw (Bloomsberry, 2017).



Julia W. Belser

Julia Watts Belser is Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Theology Department at Georgetown University, with expertise in gender, body, and ecology in late antique Jewish culture, as well as contemporary Jewish feminist ethics and environmental studies. Her research brings ancient texts into conversation with disability studies, queer theory, feminist thought, and environmental ethics. She is the author of two scholarly books, Power, Ethics, and Ecology in Jewish Late Antiquity: Rabbinic Responses to Drought and Disaster (Cambridge University Press 2015) and Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem (Oxford University Press, 2017). She has held faculty fellowships at the Center for Women’s Studies in Religion at Harvard University and the Katz Center for Advanced Jewish Studies at the University of Pennsylvania.


Luca di Blasi

Luca Di Blasi is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Theological Faculty of the University of Bern in Switzerland and Associate Member of the ICI Berlin. He is currently leading the project “Disagreement Between Religions. Epistemology of Religious Conflicts”. His main theoretical interests include philosophy of religion, modern continental philosophy, and political theology.

Monographies: Dezentrierungen. Beiträge zur Religion der Philosophie im 20. Jahrhundert (Vienna: Turia+Kant, 2018); Der weiße Mann. Ein Anti-Manifest (Bielefeld: transcript, 2013); Der Geist in der Revolte. Der Gnostizismus und seine Wiederkehr in der Postmoderne (Munich: Fink, 2002).


Nassima Sahraoui

Nassima Sahraoui is a researcher based in Frankfurt, Germany. She was a Fellow at the Forschungsinstitut für Philosophie Hannover (fiph) and previously taught at Goethe University’s Comparative Literature Department in Frankfurt and at the Co-operative State University Baden Wurttemberg. Her areas of research are political theory, history of philosophy and philosophy of history, social philosophy, intersections between literature and philosophy, materialism and metaphysics, and deconstruction. Her publications include articles on Derrida, Benjamin, Heidegger, democracy, messianism, labour and otium, and the relation between philology and philosophy. She co-edited an anthology on the concept of idleness Kleine Philosopie der Faulheit (Frankfurt 2012), a special edition of the Oxford Literary Review “The Present of Deconstruction” (Edinburgh 2014) as well as the volume Thinking in Constellations. Walter Benjamin in the Humanities (Newcastle upon Tyne 2018). Currently, she is publishing a book on Aristotle’s notion of dynamis (Bielefeld, forthcoming), and is working on an interdisciplinary project on forms and figures of resistance.


Ron Naiweid

Ron Naiweld is a historian of ancient Judaism in the CNRS and the EHESS in Paris, France. He has published numerous articles about the ethical and epistemological dimensions of classic rabbinic discourse in its relation to christian and philosophical discourses of the end of antiquity. His recent work deals with the imperial context of early rabbinic literature. His book about the monotheisation of the biblical myth will be published next year.


Silvia Richter

Dr. Silvia Richter studied medieval and modern history, philosophy and Jewish studies at the University of Heidelberg and at the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien, Heidelberg, where she submitted her Ph.D. thesis in 2011 on the topic „Language, Philosophy and Judaism in the Work of Emmanuel Levinas and Franz Rosenzweig“ (supervisor: Prof. Ephraim Meir). In 2012 she worked as a scientific coordinator at the Mémorial de la Shoah in Paris, France. Since 2013 she works as a research assistant at the Guardini Chair (Guardini Professur für Religionsphilosophie und Katholische Weltanschauung) at the Faculty of Theology at the Humboldt University of Berlin. Her current research interests include the history of Jewish-Christian relations, dialogical and interreligious philosophy.


Yemima Hadad

Yemima Hadad is a doctoral candidate and a Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin at the school of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam. She is currently a research fellow at the Leo Baeck Institute London (2018/2019) and was a fellow at the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem (2017/2018). Her research project, titled: “ History of Forgetfulness: Hasidism and Theopolitics in the Writings of Martin Buber, ” demonstrates the significance of Hasidism in explaining the political tenets of Martin Buber’s thought. Her M.A Thesis, which she completed at Tel Aviv University, dealt with the meanings of the concept of nothingness in Martin Heidegger ’ s metaphysics.