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Doron Mendels

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Doron is a professor in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests are communication and history.

One People, Scattered: The Role of Communication in Holding the Jewish Diaspora Together, 200-2000 AD

[RG #98] One People, Scattered: The Role of Communication in Holding the Jewish Diaspora Together, 200-2000 AD

September 1, 2004 - August 31, 2005

Organizer:

Menahem Blondheim (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

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Our group sets out to address an ancient problem from a new perspective. The problem, which has intrigued and been debated for centuries, is Jewish survival as a people in exile, dispersed over the four corners of the earth since antiquity. The proposition we set out to explore is that effective communication, over time and across space, was key to the survival of Jews as "one people, scattered" (Book of Esther, 3:8), forming what many consider "the mother of all diasporas".

Beyond approaching a major hisorical quantary in a new way, we are also developing a novel scholarly agenda. This agenda is the re-understanding of Jewish civilization from a communications perspective and, more generally, proposing that history and communications be studied jointly. History, after all, aspires to trace all aspects of human life and understand it in all its complexity. Communication is one significant, albeit neglected, aspect of human history; but in addition, it is a potential key to grasping and untangling historical complexity. For by its nature, communication is the story of linkages, of interconnections and interrelations. It may therefore serve as a central site, anchoring a multifaceted perspective on historical development in all its richness. At the same time history, which is the great warehouse of human experience, can serve as the ultimate database, and a giant multifunction laboratory for testing, fine-tuning and even generating ideas and theories about communication.

 

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Motty Perry

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Motty is a professor in the Department of Economics at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research interests are economic theory and game theory.
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Yishay Mansour

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Tel Aviv University
Yishay is a professor in the School of Computer Science at Tel Aviv University.
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Daniel Lehmann

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The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Daniel is a professor in the School of Engineering and Computer Sciences at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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Ilan Kremer

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Stanford University
Ilan is a professor in the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. His research interests are auction theory and financial economics.
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Frederic Koessler

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THEMA, URA CNRS
Frederic is a professor in the Department of Economics at THEMA, URA CNRS, Paris.
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Ron Holzman

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Technion
Ron is a professor in the Faculty of Mathematics at the Technion.