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מכון בן-גוריון לחקר ישראל והציונות


The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism is devoted to the study, documentation, and research of the Zionist movement and the history of Israel. Established in 1982 under a special agreement between Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and the Ben-Gurion Heritage Institute, the Ben- Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism prides itself on its broad research horizons and strongly interdisciplinary nature. In accordance with prevailing trends in the humanities and social sciences, the Institute advocates an integrative approach that eliminates barriers between disciplines and fosters the development of fresh and innovative areas of research on Israel and Zionism.

Israel studies is the academic field that interrogates Israel – a dynamic, interdisciplinary area whose goal is to explore and decode the inner logic of a country that embodies an unusual blend of contradictions. An ancient land, and yet a very young state and society, a modern and progressive “start-up nation” and high-tech leader, yet traditional, cherishing ancient customs and rituals – Israel is a mosaic of paradoxes. Israel’s political arena, social relations, and cultural scene are extremely vibrant, and historical events are often at the center of public discourse.

It is a democratic nation-state that is home to a widely diverse population with roots in a broad spectrum of ethnic, religious, cultural, and social backgrounds.

For all of these reasons, Israel studies is a field that demands the multidisciplinary approaches that the Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism offers.