Dr. Yitzhak Conforti
|2003||Ph.D. (cum laude)||Bar Ilan University||Jewish History|
|1997||M.A.||Bar Ilan University||Jewish History|
|1990||B.A. (cum laude)||Hebrew University||Jewish History and Education|
|2016- 2019||Head of the institute for the study of the Land of Israel and its Yishuv, Bar-Ilan University.|
|2012-||Senior Lecturer, Jewish History Department, Bar-Ilan University.|
Lecturer, Jewish History Department, Bar-Ilan University.
|2007-2008||Adjunct Lecturer, Institute for Contemporary Jewry Hebrew University.|
|2003-2007||Adjunct Lecturer, Jewish History Department, Bar-Ilan University.|
Grants and Awards
|2020||The Rector Prize for Scientific Innovation, Bar-Ilan University.|
|2015||Fellow, Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania.|
|2014||Visiting Scholar, Taub Center for Israel Studies, New York University.|
|2014||Visiting Scholar, Center for Jewish History, New York.|
Riklis Prize, The faculty of Law and Judaic studies, Bar-Ilan University.
Hecht Prize, University of Haifa Herzl Institute.
|2006||Ish Shalom Prize, Yad Izhak Ben Zvi Institute.|
Visiting Scholar, Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Oxford.
|2003||The Mozes M. Schuf Fellowship.|
The President and the Dean Fellowship, Bar Ilan University (1999-2003).
List of publications
Yitzhak Conforti, Past Tense: Zionist Historiography and the Shaping of the national Memory (Hebrew; Jerusalem: Yad Ben Zvi, 2006).
Yitzhak Conforti, Shaping a Nation: The Cultural Origins of Zionism 1882-1948 (Hebrew; Jerusalem: Yad Ben Zvi, 2019).
“People and Land between Religion and Nationalism in the Zionist Movement,” Democratic Culture 18 (2018), pp. 99-125. [Hebrew]
“State or Diaspora: Jewish History as a form of National Belonging,” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, Vol. 15, 2 (2015), pp. 230-250.
“Searching for a Homeland: The Territorial Dimension in the Zionist Movement and the Boundaries of Jewish Nationalism,” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism Vol. 14, 1 (2014), pp. 36-54.
“Exile or State in Jewish National Historiography,” Iyunim Bitkumat Israel, 9 (2015) special issue: Homeland in Exile, Offer Schiff (ed.), pp. 137-170. [Hebrew]
“Zionist Awareness of the Jewish Past: Inventing Tradition or Renewing the Ethnic Past?” Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism Vol. 12, 1 (2012), pp. 155-171.
“Between Ethnic and Civic: The Realistic Utopia of Zionism,” Israel Affairs Vol. 17, 4 (October 2011), pp. 547-566.
“‘The New Jew’ in the Zionist Movement: Ideology and Historiography,” Australian Journal of Jewish Studies, Vol. 25 (2011), pp. 89-121.
“East and West in Jewish Nationalism: Conflicting Types in the Zionist Vision?” Nations and Nationalism, Vol. 16, 2 (April 2010), pp. 201-219.
“The 'New Jew' in the Zionist Thought: Nationalism, Ideology and Historiography,” Israel 16 (2009), pp. 63-96. [Hebrew]
“Alternative Voices in Zionist Historiography,” Journal of Modern Jewish Studies, Vol. 4, 1 (May 2005) pp. 1-12.
“The 'Objectivity Question' and the Zionist Historians,” Zion 68 (2003), pp. 467-496. [Hebrew]
“The Continuity of Modern Anti-Semitism in Post-Holocaust Historiography,” Gesher 139 (Summer 1999), pp. 23-38. [Hebrew]
“The Emergence of Modern Anti-Semitism in Light of Jewish Historiography,” Yalkut Moreshet 67 (April 1999), pp. 77-106. [Hebrew]
Chapters in books
“Integrating National Consciousness into Jewish Academic Studies,” in: Michael Meyer, Anne O. Albert, Noah Gerber (eds.), Frontiers of Jewish Scholarship: Expanding German Origins, Transcending European Borders (Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press 2021 [Forthcoming]), Chap. 7.
“Ethnicity and Boundaries in Jewish Nationalism,” Chapter 8 in: J. Jackson and L. Molokotos-Lieberman (eds.), Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries – Conceptualising and understanding identity through boundary approaches (London: Routledge, 2014), pp. 142-161.
“Ethnic or Civic Jewish State in Herzl’s and Ahad Ha’am’s Vision,” Ephreim Lavie (ed.), Nationalism and Ethics – The Zionist Discourse and the Arab Problem (Jerusalem: Carmel, 2014), pp. 101-122. [Hebrew]
“Historiography in the Name of the Nation: Ben-Gurion and Jewish History,” in: Yossi Goldstein (ed.), Yosef Da’at: Studies in Modern Jewish History in Honor of Yosef Salmon (Beer Sheva: Ben Gurion University Press, 2010), pp. 391-407. [Hebrew]
“Jacob Katz as a Zionist Historian and Educator,” in: Israel Bartal and Shmuel Feiner (eds.) Historiography Reappraised: New Views of Jacob Katz's Oeuvre (Jerusalem: Zalman Shazar Center, 2007), pp. 165-182. [Hebrew]
“Yehoshua Kaniel: Historiography of Continuity and Change,” Dov Schwartz (ed.), Bar Ilan University from Concept to Enterprise, Vol. 2, (Ramat Gan, Bar Ilan University Press, 2006), pp. 81-92. [Hebrew]
Yossi Goldstein, We Were the First: A History of Hibbat Zion, 1881-1918, (Jerusalem: 2015) Zion Vol. 83, 2 (2018), pp. 255-260. [Hebrew]
Ben Zion Dinur, Posthumous and Other Writings, Edited. by Arielle Rein, (Jerusalem, 2009), Studies in Contemporary Jewry (2012) Vol. 16, pp. 324-326.
Yaffa Berlowitz (ed.), Talking Culture: The First Aliya, an Inter-period Discourse (Tel Aviv: 2010), Cathedra 149 (2013) pp. 271-275. [Hebrew]
Yosef Salmon, Do not Providence: Orthodoxy in the Grip of Nationalism (Jerusalem, 2006), AJS Review 32 (2008), pp. 464-467.
Papers Presented at Academic Conferences (Selected)
|14 December 2020||AJS Annual Conference, Washington D.C. (On line)||“Zionism and the Bible”|
|7 January 2020||Sede Boquer Colloquium, Ben Gurion University of the Negev||“The Zionist Consciousness and the Hebrew Bible”|
|June 2018||AIS Annual conference,Berkeley University||“Understanding Early Zionism: A Cultural Approach”|
|July 2018||EAJS conference,Krakow||“Traditional roots in Early Zionism”|
|June 2017||AIS Annual conference, Brandies University||“History and Utopia in the Zionist Movement”|
|April, 2017||ASEN Conference,LSE University London||“Ethno Symbolism and Jewish Nationalism”|
|June 2016||AIS Annual conference, Begin Institute, Jerusalem||“East and West in Early Zionism: Between Hibbat Zion and Political Zionism”|
|June 1-3, 2015||AIS Annual conference, Concordia University, Canada||“How to Sustain Jewish Culture in the Age of Nationalism?”|
|April 27-28, 2015||Doing Wissenschaft: The Academic Study of Judaism as Practice 1818-2018, 21st Annual Gruss Colloquium in Judaic Studies, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania||“Wissenschaft for the People: Early Zionist Scholars and Jewish Academic Studies”|
|March 1, 2015||The Role of Scholarship in the Shaping of Jewish Identity – A Symposium on the Wissenschaft des Judentums ,Leo Back Institute, Center for Jewish History, New York||The Impact of Wissenschaft des Judentums on Jewish Nationalism and Zionism”|
|January 28, 2015||Hebert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, Ruth Meltzer seminar, University of Pennsylvania||“The Ethnic and Cultural Origins of Zionist Historiography”|
|July 28 – August 1, 2013||World Union of Jewish Studies ,Jerusalem||"Exile or State in Jewish National Historiography"|
|December, 16-18 2012||AJS Conference,Chicago||"Land and People: Territorial and Ethnic Dimensions in Zionism"|
|March, 2012||ASEN Conference,London School of Economics||"Searching for a Homeland: The Territorial Dimension in the Zionist Movement and the Boundaries of Jewish Nationalism"|
|April 2011||London School of Economics||"Zionist Awareness of the Jewish Past: Inventing Tradition or Renewing the Ethnic Past?"|
|March 2011||Nationalism and Ethics – The Zionist Discourse and Arab Problem, Tel Aviv University||"Ethnic or Civic Jewish State in Herzl's and Ahad Ha’am’s Vision"|
|April 2010||ASEN Conference,London School of Economics||"The Cultural Alternative: Charisma and Reason in the Zionist Movement"|
|May 2010||AIS Conference ,University of Toronto||"Between Nationalism and Universalism in the Zionist Vision"|
|2-6 August 2009||World Union of Jewish Studies ,Jerusalem||"History and Utopia: Past Awareness and Future Shaping in Zionism"|
|21-23 December 2008||AJS Conference,Washington||"Between Civic and Ethnic: Israel in light of the Zionist Utopia"|
|April 2008||ASEN Conference,London School of Economics||"East and West in Jewish Nationalism: Confronting Types in the Zionist Movement"|
|February17-18, 2008||AAJS Conference, Monash University, Melbourne Australia||"The 'New Jew' in Zionist Thought: Ideology and Historiography "|
|December 18-20, 2005||AJS Annual Conference Washington DC, USA||"Nationalism and Historical Continuity in Jewish History"|
|February 1-2, 2004||International Conference, Zalman Shazar Institute, The Israeli Historical Society, Jerusalem||Between History and Memory: Jacob Katz as a Zionist Historian"|
|December 21-23, 2003||AJS Annual Conference, Boston Mass. USA||"Alternative Voices in Zionist Historiography"|
Jewish Nationalism; Zionism; History and Memory; Utopia; Jewish Modern Historiography; Hebrew Education in the Land of Israel (1882-1967)