​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​CSoC's Cohort for the 2023-2024 Academic Y​​ear (Politics and Religion)​:

Tahel Frosh

Tahel Frosh will receive her Ph.D. from the Hebrew Literature Department of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev ​in 2023. Her current study expands the literary corpus to novels associated with religious Zionism and asks what can we learn from the embrace of the neoliberal cr​eed in this relatively new form of Jewish religion and its subjects. Her dissertation won the Dov Sadan Award for Young Researchers and the Na'amat Award for Research in Gender Studies and Gender Equity. She also received the Human Rights and Judaism Fellowship at The Israel Democracy Institute. Frosh is a poet and essayist and won the Israeli Prime Minister's Prize for excellence in creative writing.


Amitai Glass-Stegmann

אמיתי_פרופיל.jpgAmitai Glass Stegmann is pursuing a Ph.D. in the Jewish Thought Department at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His dissertation focuses on the topic of ‟Jewish and Christian Aggadic Traditions about Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi: From Late Antiquity to the Medieval Period." Glass-Stegmann researched the Rabbi Yehoshua Ben Levi᾽s stories that have been documented and preserved in Hebrew sources and independent Latin texts during the medieval period. Through his work, he seeks to contribute to a better understanding of the intricate dynamics between Jewish and Christian communities in Medieval Christendom and how Rabbinic literature served as a platform for responding to the dominant Christian discourse and vis versa at the religious politic of the era.


Netta Schramm

netta schramm.jpgNetta Schramm focuses on modern Jewish Thought. Her research employs performance theory and narratology to read audio-visual archival materials of modern and contemporary Jewish thinkers. Netta conducted doctoral research as a Minevra Fellow at Ludwig Maximillians Universität in Munich. She is the​ founder and head of an interdisciplinary research group at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem titled "I'm Not Text". In addition, Netta is part of the Kedmata forum at Yad Ben Zvi and the Sapir-Haifa Digital Humanities research methods group.


Maya Shabbat​

Maya Shabbat_Profile Photo.pngMaya Shabbat is a historian of modern Jewish history, specializing in Jewish immigration from East to Central Europe during the end of the nineteenth century. She mainly focuses on intellectual history. Her research focuses on the interactions among and betw​een individuals and groups of intellectuals from different origins of Eastern Europe. Her current research, 'Ost Side Story: Hinterzimmer Elite': The Case of Hebrew Writers in Fin-de-Siècle Berlin, deals with urban spatial questions and their influence on ideas within intellectual circles in Kaiserreich, Germany. Shabbat was a post-doctoral fellow at Potsdam University during the academic years 2018-2023. She completed her Ph.D. in Jewish history at Tel Aviv University and her book “Outside the Camp: The Biography of Simon Bernfeld (1860-1940)", will be published at Magnes Press, Jerusalem in the coming ​year.


Benyamin Storchan

benyamin storchan (2).jpgStorchan is a PhD candidate of the Department of Bible Studies, Archeology and the Ancient Near East at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. His dissertation “The Metamorphosis of Holy Land Churches During the Early Islamic Period" examines the processes of change and continuity of Byzantine churches of the Holy La​nd during and after the Islamic transition. Storchan has been employed at the Israeli Antiquities Authority for over 15 years as a research excavation archaeologist for the Jerusalem Region and has directed a number of large-scale excavations including the Glorious Martyr Excavation Project. He is a board member for The Israel Archaeological Association and has recently been awarded the David Amit Prize for Archaeological Research, Yad Ben Zvi scholarship for PhD Candidates and a Humanities Faculty Scholarship from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.


Roni Tzoreff

רוני צורף - תמונה.jpgRoni Tzoreff received her PhD degree from the Department of Art at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. In her dissertation, she explored the ambivalent relationship between Zionist / Israeli art and modern Jewish traditional objects. She is interested in conceptualizing the broad cultural meaning of traditional objects, and the way their political, theological, aesthetic and gendered functions changed during the late modern period. In 2024 she will be a visiting fellow at the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan.




Dmitry Uzlaner

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Dmitry Uzlaner received his Candidate of Sciences degree (PhD) in philosophy and religious studies from the M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University. From 2016 till 2020 he was part of the “Post​secular Conflicts” project (University of Innsbruck, Austria). His research is focused on the study of the processes of globalization of culture wars and transnational conservative networks. His main recent publications are: “Contemporary Russian Conservatism: Problems, Paradoxes and Perspectives” (Brill, 2019. Co-edited with Mikhail Suslov) and “Moralist International: Russia in the Global Culture Wars” (Fordham University Press, 2022. Co-authored with Kristina Stoeckl).