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Collective Memory and Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel (SPSI201/48877)

Collective Memory and Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel (SPSI201/48877)

July 3 - 27, 2017


Registration & Dorm Check In: July 3, 2017

Final Day for Dorm Check Out: July 27, 2017

Academic Hours: 45 | Credits: 3

Tuition: $1,600| Housing: $775

Class schedule: TBD




In Israel—like in most contemporary societies—collective memory increasingly plays a leading role in the construction of national and group identities. Countless conflicts are caused, and some are resolved, through the narratives about the past that a people tells itself. This class takes an in-depth look at theories about collective memory and examines the ways in which these theories are exemplified in various Israeli case studies.


By looking at various sites of memories, a variety of questions that are central to national, ethnic and religious identity are investigated: What is the role of memory of the Holocaust today? Why is Yitzhak Rabin so strongly commemorated in Tel Aviv, and so forgotten in Jerusalem? What are the differences and similarities between Israeli and Palestinian commemoration of the 1948 war? How have various historical-religious sites in Jerusalem developed into tourist attractions? And what is the role of archaeology in the shaping of ideology in Israel?


These issues will be addressed through rich in-class discussions, student presentations on particular Israeli case-studies, and a variety of walking tours in Jerusalem and beyond, where we will visit the living side of memory and experience the way past is taking shape in the present today.



Recommeded Combinations:


If you are interested in this course, you might consider taking it together with another summer course.



Combines With 

Collective Memory and Cultural Myths in Contemporary Israel (SPSI201/48877) 

Conflict Resolution from Theory to Practice: Israel as a Case Study 

The Emergence of the Modern State of Israel  

Between Hamas and ISIS: Radical Islamic Movements in a Changing Middle East  

Understanding Identities: Immigration and Cultural Diversity from the Israeli Experience 

The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict 


For an overview of which courses can be combined, please take a look at the Course combination chart and at the Summer Courses Weekly schedule


When registering for more than one summer course, you will be offered a 10% discount off of the total tuition fee.



Application Information


Applicants currently enrolled in or who have completed an MA program are able to earn graduate credits for their participation in a summer course. More information on earning graduate credits is available on our website.


Take a look at our Online Application Instruction Video and the Overview of the Application Guidelines with useful information on how to complete and submit your online application.


To apply for this program, please click on the following button:

 Application Deadline: May 15th, 2017

 ***Please note: The Hebrew University reserves the right to cancel courses for which there is insufficient registration.***


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