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Prof. Amos Morris - Reich



Amos Morris – Reich works on the intersection of Jewish history and the history of science with special emphasis on the German context. His first book The Quest for Jewish Assimilation in Modern Social Science (Routledge, 2007) focused on the emergence of notions of assimilation in cultural anthropology and formal sociology in the final decades of the nineteenth century and the first decades of the twentieth century and their effect on the understanding of the future course of Jews as a minority in modern society. His second book Race and Photography: Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence, 1876-1980 (University of Chicago Press, 2016) employed historical epistemology to remap the history of photography as scientific evidence in the study of “race” ranging from physical anthropology to phenomenology. His forthcoming book Photography and Jewish History: Five Twentieth Century Cases studies five twentieth century cases which intersect the history of photography and Jewish history ranging from folklore through philanthropy to art. 


Morris - Reich co-edited (with Dirk Rupnow), Ideas of “Race” in the History of the Humanities (Palgrave, 2017) and (with Margaret Olin), Photography and Imagination (Routledge, 2019). He edited the first collection of essays by Georg Simmel in Hebrew: Georg Simmel: "How is Society Possible?" and Other Essays (Ha-kibutz ha-meuchad, 2012) and the first collection of essays by Sander Gilman in Hebrew: The Jewish Body and Other Protruding Organs: A Selection of Essays by Sander Gilman (Resling, 2015).  


With special interest in questions of methodology and epistemology, Morris – Reich has also published widely on the history of antisemitism and racism within the context of the social sciences, biological sciences, and biologically oriented humanities. At the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of the Science and Ideas his teaching and supervision focus on the history and philosophy of the social sciences, the history of antisemitism and racism within science, and the history and philosophy of photography and technology.   



Dr. Esther Webmanz"l 

Head of the Project for the Study of Tolerance and Intolerance in the Middle East

Dr. Esther Webman
 was a senior research fellow at the Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies and the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Antisemitism and Racism in Tel Aviv University. She was the head of the Project for the Study of Tolerance and Intolerance in the Middle East, and editorial board member of Sharqiyya, Journal of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, and Moreshet for the Study of Antisemitism and the Holocaust. Her research was focused on Arab discourse analysis, Modern Islamic movements, Muslim-Jewish Relations, particularly Arab Antisemitism and Arab perceptions of the Holocaust.


She was the editor of The Global Impact of a Myth – The Protocols of the Elders of Zion (London, 2011). Her book, From Empathy to Denial: Arab Responses to the Holocaust, co-authored with Meir Litvak, was the recipient of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy's book prize for 2010. 


Dr. Webman taught at the department of Middle Eastern history courses on "Jewish communities in the Middle East between Arab nationalism and Zionism", as well as "Nationalism, Islamism and Antisemitism in the Middle East" to undergraduate students.



Dr. Anat Vaturi

Assistant Director

Dr. Vaturi is a scholar of Jewish and East European histories and cultures. She is a teaching fellow at the Beit Berl Academic College and researcher at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzeliya.  She received her Ph.D. at the Tel Aviv University and taught at the Department of Jewish History at the University of Haifa.  Her research interests include religious toleration and interreligious coexistence in Old Poland, interplay of law and religion, as well as economic history of East-European Jews. She has published a number of articles on various topics in Polish-Jewish history and her forthcoming book is Beyond Tolerance and Prejudice: Jewish and Protestant Responses to Violence in Post-Reformation Cracow (De Gruyter, 2021).  



Julija Levin

Research Assistant

Julija Levin is an MA graduate student in Tel Aviv University's Department of Jewish History. Her MA thesis examines the social realities of Jewish maidservants in Jewish households in Imperial Russia, in particular their place in the family, gender specific issues such as illegitimate pregnancies, infanticide and gender violence, and questions of class.

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