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Research Groups: Patterns and Processes in Organizational Networks

[RG # 133] Patterns and Processes in Organizational Networks

September 1, 2012- February 1, 2013

Organizers:

Yuval Kalish (Tel Aviv University)
Amalya Oliver (The Hebrew University)

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Organizational networks are collaborative systems between organizations that are structured to achieve certain goals. The principle rationale behind organizational networks is that no single organization can achieve its stated outcome by itself due to resource constraints. The resources that are gained from the networks are funding, capabilities, knowledge and learning, legitimacy, consulting and more. While organizations need to collaborate, there are additional factors that hinder these collaborations. These include competition, knowledge protection, free riding, opportunism, inertia, lack of trust and fragility. All these elements are embedded in the process of collaborations and are not well developed in the literature.

Organizational network research is based on sociological and strategy system theories coupled with advanced statistical and algebraic methods on the one hand, and qualitative case studies and egocentric approaches on the other. This area, while witnessing significant growth over the past several years, was mainly characterized by cross-sectional approaches (one-time measurements). The group will focus on areas that are, as yes, not well developed in the general network research fild, and specifically within the overall organizational network domain, i.e. naming patterns of organizational network processes. We have identified three main directions in organizational research - learning networks, temporary network systems and development of networks. Examples of complexities and tensions associated with processes within networks are those that exist between collaboration and competition, innovation and inertia, stability and fragility.

 

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Research Groups: The Influential Child: The Role of Children's Psychobiology and Socialization in Development

[RG # 136] The Influential Child: The Role of Children's Psychobiology and Socialization in Development

March 1, 2013- August 1, 2013

Organizers:

Maayan Davidov (The Hebrew University)
Ariel Knafo (The Hebrew University)

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The research group is comprised of developmental psychologists who have decided to explore a unique perspective within the field of child development: the influential role of children. This perspective is unusual, because the bulk of the research on children's development focuses on how the environment affects the child, not the other way around; our group has set out to examine the opposite direction of influence. This is an extraordinary, unprecendented opportunity for a team of developmental researchers to focus in depth on how children affect their social environment and actively influence their own development.

 

 

 

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Research Groups: Contextualizing the Cult of the Southern Levant in the Greco-Roman Period: Monotheism and Polytheism between Continuity and Change

[RG # 139] Contextualizing the Cult of the Southern Levant in the Greco-Roman Period: Monotheism and Polytheism between Continuity and Change

Sept. 1, 2013 - June 30, 2014

Organizers:

Oren Tal (Tel Aviv University)
Zeev Weiss (The Hebrew University)

Research Groups:Galicia: Literary and Historical Approaches to the Construction of a Jewish Place

[RG # 142]  Galicia: Literary and Historical Approaches to the Construction of a Jewish Place

March 1, 2014 - July 31, 2015

Organizers:

Ariel Hirschfeld (The Hebrew University)
Alan Mintz (Jewish Theological Seminary)

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Galicia, the subject of our Research Group, was an invented land, an artificial entity that acquired meaning over the course of its historical experience. Rather than being a land with a longstanding identity of its own, Galicia was created as a province of the Habsburg Monarchy as a product of the negotiations with Russia and Poland that led to the partition of Poland in 1772, and it ceased to exist as a political entity in 1918 with the defeat and dissolution of the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary and its incorporation into the new Poland.

The creation of Galicia and the incorporation of the Jewish communities of the Polish kresy (borderlands) into the new Austrian province meant enormous changes. Social and educational reforms issued from Vienna transformed aspects of Jewish life. Our research group aims not only to study the phenomenon of Galicia, but also to bring the disciplines of history and literature into dialogue.

 

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Research Groups:The Visualization of Knowledge in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

[RG # 141] The Visualization of Knowledge in the Medieval and Early Modern Periods

September 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Organizers:

Marcia Kupfer (Independent Scholar, Washington DC)
Katrin Kogman Appel (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev)

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The production of visual models is a cognitive mechanism integral to thought. Their invention depends on the reciprocal interaction between mental imaging and strategies of textual and graphic mediation. Such devices as lists, tables, diagrams, charts and maps do not merely compile and communicate information but also have a generative power: they formalize abstract concepts, provide grids through which to process data, set in motion analytic operations that give rise to new ideas, and create interpretive frameworks for understanding the world. The medieval and early modern periods stand as a formative era during which visual structures, imagined or materialized, increasingly shaped and systematized knowledge. Yet these periods have been sidelined as theorists interested in the epistemological potential of visual strategies have defined the field of research in terms of the modern natural sciences.

The historical approach pursued by our interdisciplinary research team offers a corrective to the current scholarly trajectory. As we analyze the fundamental principles underlying visual modes of conceptualization, we will also investigate the cultural parameters that modulated diverse applications in Jewish and Christian societies. At issue are the specific ways in which visual schema function in religious and scientific discourses, how intellectual agendas and spiritual values across confessional and cultural divides might lead to analogous or different types of devices, and the impact of exchange or appropriation on the reception and circulation of particular solutions. The chronological, geographical, and civilizational scope of our collective enterprise is unprecedented.

 

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Interpretation as a Generator of Religious Law: A Comparative Perspective

[RG # 140]  Interpretation as a Generator of Religious Law: A Comparative Perspective

Sept. 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

Organizers:

Rami Reiner (Ben Gurion University)
Vered Noam (Tel Aviv University)

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Interpretation plays a pivotal role in the making of law, occasionally an act of its very construction. Recent scholarship has applied various hermeneutical theories to the study of authoritative legal-theological texts, and noted the impacts that post-modern approaches to interpretation may have on their investigation.

Our research group is a joint venture to explore the potential of research into the relations between the interpretive dimension and the development of Jewish tradition, from the first centuries CE up until the Middle Ages, against the broad background of similar problems and challenges with which scholars of other religious cultures (such as early Christianity, early Islam, and Hinduism) grapple. The group consists of four scholars of Jewish exegetical literature, one who is additionally an expert in jurisprudence at large, and three who are engaged in the research of law and exegesis in early Christianity, Islam and Hindu philosophy and literature. The group will examine the relationship between the exegetical and the legislative viewpoints in this wide scope of cultures and eras, both diachronically and synchronically, both as a literary and as an ideational phenomenon.

 

 

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Yitzhak Hen

Chair of Board of Directors
Professor at the Department of History
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Professor Yitzhak Hen is a historian of the early medieval West.

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His particular interest is in the intellectual and religious culture of the post-Roman Barbarian kingdoms of Western Europe. Part of his research is dedicated to the examination of early medieval manuscripts, and to the study of early medieval liturgy in its cultural, social and religious context.


Read more about Professor Hen here. 

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Humanities - Upcoming School

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The 6th Advanced School in the Humanities: The Crusades and the Societies of the Latin East

 

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Event date: 28 May - 2 June 2023 

GENERAL DIRECTOR:

Anthony Grafton, Princeton University

 

ORGANIZERS:

Iris Shagrir, The Open University of Israel
Anna Gutgarts, University of Haifa
Jonathan Rubin, Bar-Ilan University

 

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The Advanced School for graduate students and post-docs will focus on the Crusades and the Latin East through a comparative and analytical prism. It will benefit from the accessibility of the rich crusader sites and remains throughout Israel, from recent advances in data analysis and from new approaches to textual evidence. During sessions and field trips, we shall expose young scholars to the most recent theoretical and methodological approaches in medieval studies, and encourage their critical thinking on traditional themes.

Themes and topics will include: New angles on the cultural history of Frankish settlements in the East; crusader cities in a Mediterranean context; immigrant societies compared; the integration of archeological data and texts; biographies, politics, and the (re)construction of historical identities; crusades studies and diversity.

Each of the selected topics will be dealt with in more than one way. Thus for example, the theme ‘Crusader cities in a Mediterranean context’ will engage comparatively with different Mediterranean and Crusader cities such as Acre, Jerusalem, Constantinople, Rome and Fustat/Old Cairo, and examine diachronic aspects of continuity and change.

Over a week-long gathering, sessions will focus on relevant methods, such as the creation and use of databases, or approaches, such as the archaeology of decline or of prosperity, spatial analysis, and cultural history.

Students will gain knowledge of a variety of subjects outside their immediate research topics, and more importantly about cutting-edge methodologies and research questions, related to urbanism and settlement, literary and material culture, as well as current trends and research agendas in the study of the crusades and the Latin East. We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates. Successful applicants will be notified in early 2023 and will be offered travel and accommodation funding.

 

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Economics - Upcoming School

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The 32nd Advanced School in Economic Theory: International Economics

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June 21-30, 2022

 

GENERAL DIRECTOR: Eric Maskin, Harvard University

 

ORGANIZERS: 

Elchanan Ben-Porat, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Marc Melitz, Harvard University

 

This summer school will cover recent research at the frontier of international trade and closely related fields. Topics include trade and inequality, trade and innovation, global supply chains, micro-empirical trade patterns and aggregate implications, trade and geography, trade and development, international institutions, political economy of trade and multinationals, electoral consequences of trade and immigration, and quantitative trade policy analysis.

 

SPEAKERS:

Pol Antras, Harvard University
David Atkin, MIT
Lorenzo Caliendo, Yale School of Management
Paola Conconi, Université Libre de Bruxelles
Elhanan Helpman, Harvard University
Isabelle Mejean, Sciences Po
Marc Melitz, Harvard University
Gianmarco Ottaviano, Bocconi University
Stephen Redding, Princeton University
Robert Staiger, Dartmouth College

 

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Physics- Upcoming School: 2019-2020

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The 37th Advanced School in Theoretical Physics: New Ideas for Old Puzzles in Particle Physics

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Event date: December 29, 2019 - January 9, 2020 

General Director: David Gross (UCSB, KITP)

Organizers:
Nima Arkani-Hamed (The Institute for Advanced Study)
Yonit Hochberg (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Eric Kuflik (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

 

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The field of particle physics is entering an exciting new era. While the need for new physics beyond the Standard Model is still compelling, the lack of observation of such signals challenges our preconceived notions of what the new physics should look like. It is time for fresh approaches to the longstanding puzzles of the field. A wide array of tools from a broad perspective must be used so that new physics is indeed properly searched for and eventually discovered. These new developments will be the focus of the school, whose series of lectures will start from basics and reach the cutting edge of issues and results. Topics will include: new ideas for dark matter theory and experiment, new solutions to the weak scale, precision measurements for fundamental physics, machine learning, advances in cosmology, and future tests of the Standard Model.

 

Speakers:

Nima Arkani-Hamed, The Institute for Advanced Study

Dmitry Budker, University of California Berkeley / Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz

Timothy Cohen, University of Oregon

Rouven Essig, Stony Brook University

Yuval Grossman, Cornell University

Jared Kaplan, Johns Hopkins University

Ely Kovetz, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Matthew McCullough, CERN / University of Cambridge

Joshua Ruderman, New York University

 

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