Department seminar

The Department Seminar hosts researchers from universities worldwide and in Israel and offers them with the opportunity to present research from the different sub-fields of Political Science.

The Seminar meets on Wednesdays between 14:15-15:45 in room 4326, the seminar room of the Political Science Department, in the Faculty of Social Sciences in the Mount Scopus campus.

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Lecture series on political thought and intellectual history

The lecture series on political thought and intellectual history presents original research on the history of political thought and similar areas of research, on intellectual history and on political theory. This forum encourages researchers from outside of and within Hebrew University to present new research, normally before it is published, and to receive critical constructive feedback on it. The seminar strives to create a community of researchers and students who engage in the history of political thought and related disciplines.

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Jerusalem Political Philosophy Forum

The Jerusalem Political Philosophy Forum is an interdisciplinary platform for researchers who’s work touches on the areas of political science, philosophy, law and economics, offering them the opportunity to present their research, with an emphasis on contemporary analytic political philosophy.

The forum meets on Wednesdays between 16:30-18:00 in room 4326, the seminar room of the department of Political Science, in the Faculty of Social Sciences, the Mount Scopus campus.

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Annual lecture on political philosophy in memory of Michael and Ester Avineri

The annual lecture on political philosophy in memory of Michael and Esther Avineri was established and initiated by Professor Shlomo Aivineri, who donated part of his 2013 Emet prize to establish the program in memory of his parents. The program annually invites one of the world’s leading thinkers in the discipline of political thought for a public lecture in which s/he will present the theory and will hold a class for advance students in the department.

The lecturers in this program have so far included Professor Michael Sandel (Harvard), Professor Klaus Offe (Berlin), and Professor Quentin Skinner (London).

In his opening lecture, Professor Avineri mentioned  that when his family immigrated to Israel in 1939 his parents lived through difficult times, but they never lost their optimism even when his father Michael, who had been an accountant in Poland, was working as a milkman, and his mother who had been the managerial secretary of an industrial factory was working as a housekeeper and waitress. “They always hoped for better days,” Avineri said. “My education was their first concern, they always supported me in my studies despite the harsh conditions”.

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