International Research School in Conceptual History and Political Thought

A Summer Course for the History of Concepts and Metaphors

and a Workshop: Concepts of Art in History


The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute announces a one-week summer course and workshop to be held August 22–26, 2010.


The central concepts of a culture are not fixed and timeless entities. Rather, they are molded by the political and social contexts in which they are created and applied, and change within them. At the same time, they structure and constitute the extralinguistic experience and reality to which they refer. The History of Concepts is thus an approach to the study of key concepts, investigating the ways in which language functions and is employed in cultural, political, social, and geographic contexts, in the past and present.


The course (free of charge) will be conducted in English and is meant chiefly for graduate students and scholars whose fields of research and interests relate to the concepts of the Arts, in the Arts and around the Arts, to their history and their various contexts. A reading list will be sent a few weeks in advance to the participants. At the workshop, interested participants will be afforded an opportunity to present their own research for feedback and criticism by the instructors and other participants.


Among the lecturers:


Hans-Erich Bodecker, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Berlin

Martin J. Burke, City University of New York

Ann Moyer, University of Pennsylvania

Gideon Ofrat, Art historian and curator, Jerusalem

Amiel Vardi, The Hebrew University

Michalle Gal, Tel Aviv University

Pini Ifergan, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Anastasia Keshman, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev


Interested individuals should submit a detailed application in English (no more than a single page), including academic background and fields of past and present interest and research. If you would like to make a presentation of your own work to the group, please attach a short abstract.

Please submit your application by e-mail to The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

no later than Thursday, July 13, 2010, to Sinai Rusinek, .