The Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies
Contextualizing the Self: An Interdisciplinary Seminar
January 15, 2017
In 2017, the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies has launched an interdisciplinary seminar: "Contextualizing the Self: Making and Remaking the First Person." The seminar focuses on the Self as social construct, the aggregate of social presuppositions, norms and expectations, rules of conduct and mechanisms of control. How do religious leaders, secular rulers, philosophers, jurists, economists, bureaucrats, educators, media people and consumers produce the "Self" and how does this socio-cultural product change over time?
The seminar meets every other week. It is obligatory for all our scholarship-winning doctoral students, but open to all—from the School of history (which in Tel Aviv University includes the departments of History, Middle-Eastern and African Studies, and East-Asian Studies) to other departments and other faculties. Every four-hour meeting opens with a guest presenting his or her angle of the seminar’s topic, followed by a response and an open discussion.
In 2017-18 the seminar will focus on “Self and Society”, how communities shape individual behavior and how they cope with law-breakers, social transgressors and deviants.
The School of History will cover travel expenses and accommodation for a period of 4 to 7 days.
Scholars from every discipline who are interested in participating in the seminar are invited to send a one-page description of their proposed talk and an academic CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for proposals is May 1 2017.