A New Book: Mafte’akh: Political Concepts – A Selection (Edited Volume, in Hebrew)

The MHC is delighted to announcethe publication a first printed selection of essays from the online journal Mafte’akh (in Hebrew).

The selections in published by The Political Lexicon Group, Minerva Humanities Center, Tel Aviv University, 2014

Editor in Chief: Adi Ophir
Editors: Udi Edelman, Dikla Bytner, Noam Yuran, Uri Eran, Hagar Kotef, Yoav Kenny, Itay Snir



This edited volume is the first book of selected essays from the online journal Mafte’akh. Based on the eight issues published so far, we chose fifteen entries to be republished in book format, published in-house. Assembled together, these essays form an experiment in both political thought and lexical work. Like the journal, the book seeks to contribute to the renewal of existing political lexicons by critically examining common concepts, inventing new concepts, and re-presenting seemingly non-political concepts into the political vocabulary. We do so without accepting in advance disciplinary boundaries or a demarcation of the field (whether of vision, thought, or politics) through existing schools of thought. This is not merely a linguistic work but a political work par excellence. It seeks to reinsert critical thought into the foundations of contemporary political reality; to reframe, re-understand, and thereby reshape the political present by critically analyzing the history of concepts; to capture quintessential elements of our political present by examining our uses of various concepts. (Re)defining political concepts in Hebrew requires the author to be attuned to the different dimensions of political life that still lack their own language (or that language serves to mask, distort, render meaningless). It thus opens new horizons and new visions for political futures.

The entries included in this volume (according to their alphabetical order in Hebrew):
mass violence
bait (home/house)
labor immigrants
erev-rav (multitude, la mêlée)

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