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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. 


Julija Levin

Administrative Director

Julija Levin is a PhD student in Jewish History at the School of Jewish Studies and Archeology at Tel Aviv University. She has a BA degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from University College London, an MA degree in Jewish History from Tel Aviv University. Her MA thesis, titled "Violence Against Jewish Women in Vilna and the Vilna Gubernia in the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century: Gender, Vulnerability, and Agency" received an exceptional grade and reviews. Julija is also a three-time fellow of the Israeli Inter-University Program in Russian and East European Studies, and a recipient of research and travel grants from The Institute for the History of Polish Jewry and Israel-Poland Relations, and the Leonid Nevzlin Center for Russian and East European Jewry. Julija is writing her PhD dissertation under the supervision of Prof. Scott Ury on gender, revolution, and lawlesness among Russian Empire's Jews.

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