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Cohn Institute’s research seminar is a stage for the discussion of cutting edge research and topics in the various fields covered by the institute. The institute’s faculty members, students, graduates as well as visiting scholars from Israel and abroad, present various issues related to their research fields. The seminar is held every week, on Monday evenings, and is open to the general public as well as to scholars and students. About 50% of the seminar meetings are held in Hebrew.
Below is a list of seminar meetings to be held in English


Academic Year 2015-2016 – Fall Semester

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Academic Year 2014-2015 – Fall Semester

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Academic Year 2013-2014 – Spring Semester

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  • 17/2/2014 - Katelyn Messler (Mandel postdoctoral fellow, Hebrew University) Conjuring up Jewish Magic: The Role of Jews and Judaism in Fourteenth-Century Sorcery Trials
  • 24/3/2014 - Andreas Kilcher (ETH, Zurich) Materialisation of the immaterial. The spiritistic search of the soul
  • 12/5/2014 - Kathleen Okruhlik (The University of Western Ontario) Values and Epistemic Voluntarism
  • 26/5/2014 – Elise Crull (Edelstein postdoctoral fellow, Hebrew University), Grete Hermann: Pioneer for Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics

Academic Year 2013-2014 – Fall Semester

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  • 28/10/2013 - Michel Janssen(University of Minnesota) Arches and Scaffoldings: Continuity and Discontinuity in Building Relativity and Quantum Theory
  • 11/11/2013 - Ray Monk (University of Southampton) Inside the Centre: The Life and Work of J. Robert Oppenheimer
  • 25/11/2013 - Steven Epstein (Northwestern University) :Sexual Health as Buzzword Competing Stakes, Proliferating Meanings, and the Politics of Niche Standardization Commentator: Professor Danny Filc (Ben Gurion University)
  • 9/12/2013 - Hilarie Kochiras (Post-Doctoral fellow, Cohn Institute) Newton’s General Scholium and the Mechanical Philosophy
  • 23/12/2013 - Nir Fresco (University of Wollongong, Australia) Information, Cognition and Knowledge
  • 30/12/2013 - Renata Salecl (University of Ljubljana) Gene as the new object of anxiety
  • 13/1/2014 - Mauricio Suarez (Complutense University Madrid) Propensities and pragmatism

Academic Year 2012-2013 – Spring Semester

  • 4/3/2013 - Harry Collins (Cardiff University), Aspects of the Study of Expertise
  • 22/4/2013 - Lisa Gannett (Saint Mary’s University), A Local Epistemology of Group Categories in Population Genomics?
  • 29/4/2013 - Istvan Bodnar (ELTE/CEU, Budapest), The Case of Aristotelian Celestial Mechanics
  • 6/5/2013 - John Beatty (University of British Columbia), What does it mean to say that "history matters" causally speaking? Commentator: Menachem Fisch (Cohn Institute)
  • 27/5/2013 - Jenifer Robertson (University of Michigan), Transfusing Japaneseness: Blood Donation and the Limits of Jus Sanguinis
  • 3/6/2013 - Anne Harrington (Harvard University), (Medical) Culture under the Skin: Lessons from the History of Mind-Body Medicine Commentator: Dafna Hirsch, The Open University of Israel