2019

Anoush Ganjipour

Anoush Ganjipour is a postdoctoral research fellow at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS –Paris). His work focuses on the tradition of Islamic thought. Through a comparative approach, he tries to engage a critical dialogue with both this tradition and continental philosophy.He has recently edited a collective volume on Giorgio Agamben’s Homo Sacer entitled Politique de l’exil: Giorgio Agamben et l’usage de la métaphysique (Lignes/2019). His most recent book is a monograph on Islamic political thought: L’ambivalence théologico-politique de l’islam: Pasteur ou Léviathan? (Seuil/2019 forthcoming)

Avishag Zafrani

Avishag Zafrani is a doctor in philosophy, and researcher at the Center of philosophy, epistemology and politics, at the Université de Paris and has notably published Le défi du nihilisme, Ernst Bloch et Hans Jonas (Hermann, 2014). Recipient of a post-doctoral fellowship by the Fondation pour la Mémoire de la Shoah, she pursued researches on the concept of metaphysical antisemitism. She taught political and moral philosophy during several years at the University Paris Descartes. She coordinated Hans Jonas et la question de l’avenir (Archives de Philosophie, 2016), Penser le cinéma, faire le cinéma (Cités, PUF, 2019), and recently co-directed with Yves Charles Zarka, La phénoménologie et la vie, 572 p. (Cerf, to be published, december 2019).

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).

Chiara Caradonna

Chiara Caradonna earned her BA and MA in Comparative Literature at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice. She completed her PhD in German and Romance Literature at the University of Heidelberg in July 2017 with a thesis on the philosophical dimension of Paul Celan’s later work, to be published in German by Wallstein. She is currently a PostDoc-Fellow of the Martin Buber Society at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she is working –among other things –on a project on the aesthetics of the members of the Collège de Sociologie (esp. Georges Bataille). Her research focuses on modern and contemporary poetry and on the relationship between literature and philosophy. Recent publications, which combine manuscript-analysis with close readings and considerationson the theory of knowledge, are devoted to the “chimeric language of desire” in Paul Valéry and Edmund Husserl, to Pier Paolo Pasolini’s reception of the Russian poet Osip Mandel’štam, and the poetry of contemporary writers such as Rainer René Mueller andDaniel Sada.

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).

Karma Ben-Johanan

Karma Ben-Johanan is a historian of the late-20th and early 21st century, focusing on Jewish-Christian Relations and Political Theology. I am especially interested in conservative religious thought, and in the way in which traditions are negotiated within contemporary intellectual and cultural contexts. I am a postdoctoral fellow at the Polonsky Academy for Advanced Studies in the Humanities and Social Sciences at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute. Before starting my postdoc in Van Leer, I was a Fulbright postdoctoral scholar at the Department of History, the University of California, Berkeley, and a visiting lecturer at the Cardinal Bea Centre for Judaic Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. I received my PhD from the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University (2016), after graduating from the Adi Lautman Interdisciplinary Program for Outstanding Students and completing my M.A. in Comparative Religion, both in Tel Aviv University.

Katharina Heyden

Katharina Heyden is full professor of Ancient Christianity and Interreligious Encounters at the University of Bern. Since 2018, she is the director of the Interfaculty Research Cooperation “Religious Conflicts and Coping Strategies”. Born 1977 in East-Berlin, Katharina studied Christian Theology in Berlin, Jerusalem and Rome. In 2014, she published a book on Holy-Land-Piety among Western Christians (“Orientierung. Die westliche Christenheit und das Heilige Land in der Antike”). Recently, she translated a fictional report from the 6th century about a religious conference at the royal court in Persia from Greek into German (forthcoming).

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).

Oded Schechter

Oded Schechter’s work focuses on early modern and modern philosophy, late interpretations of the Talmud, Modern Jewish philosophy, and Modern Jewish Political Thought. His former and current work, and his manuscripts include: The Philosophy of Salomon MaimonThe Genealogy of Hebrew as a Political-Ontological StruggleSpinoza’s Ontology and Political Thought. He is currently focusing on Critique of Secularism, and the Core of the Absolute after Auschwitz.

Oded Schechter’s education includes years of studies in Ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas in Bnei-Brak and Jerusalem. He held positions and fellowshops at the University of Chicago, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, Potsdam University and Princeton University. He is currently a fellow at the Maimonides Center for Advanced Studies in Hamburg.

Sergey Dolgopolski

Sergey Dolgopolski is Professor in the Departments of Jewish Thought and Comparative Literature and Gordonand Gretchen Gross Professor of Jewish Studies at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. His general area of interest is the variety of ways in which philosophy and literature interact, creating new philosophical concepts and new literary forms. He specializes in the Talmud as a body of text and thought seen from poetic, rhetoric and philosophical perspectives, with a particular interest in mutual hermeneutics of philosophical, rhetorical and Talmudic traditions. His newest book is Other Others: The Political After the Talmud (Fordham University Press, 2018); he also authors The Open Past: Subjectivity and Remembering in the Talmud (Fordham U. Press, 2012) and What is Talmud? The Art of Disagreement (Fordham U. Press, 2009).