The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Social Research – 2018

The Humphrey Institute is continuing its activities during 2018, with its new director, Prof. Nimrod Hurvitz.

Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Social Research is an independent institute, operating under the auspices of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. The Institute was established in 1978 and its main goal is to promote inter-disciplinary discourse among the university's research students and scholars, exposing them to a variety of methodologies and approaches.

During the academic year of 2018, the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute will focus on migrations. Migrations are closely related to a wide variety of phenomena and events. They are motivated by hunger, wars, ideology and hope for a better life. They leave behind a vacuum in the regions that were left, and they challenge the societies that the immigrants enter. Sometimes they cause trauma and in other cases they save lives. They often lead to the establishment of diasporas, and in some cases they generate new political entities. They stimulate the imagination, are integrated into literature and even serve as the basis for religious myths. Among most disciplines that explore human societies and cultures there are subfields which deal with questions related to migration. Therefore, in 2018, the Humphrey seminar will be dedicated to the theme of migrations.

The seminar will convene approximately 10 times each semester. In each of these meetings we will discuss the findings and observations of a research student or scholar that studies migration. We will also invite scholars from other Israeli universities and from abroad.


The names of the Post-Doctorate students who won scholarships for 2017-2018:
Dr. Nitzan Rotem, Sociology and Anthropology
Dr. Oded Steinberg, General History
The names of the Ph.D students who won scholarships for 2017-2018:
Elazar Ben-Lulu, Sociology and Anthropology
Eyal David, General History
Noa Levi, Politics and Government
Ori Meitlis, Jewish Thought
Guila Melamud, Israel Studies
Hagit Shabtai, Bible Studies, Archeology and the Ancient Near East
Shay Tagner,  The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism
Renen Yezersky, Politics and Government
Additional Ph.D students:
Talmor Farhi, Education
 Head of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Social Research
Prof. Nimrod Hurvitz, Middle Eastern Studies
Steering Committee
Prof. Dror Zeevi, Middle Eastern Studies
Prof. Oren Yiftachel, Geography and Environmental Development
Prof. Lynn Scheller, Politics and Government
Prof. Ester Meir, The Ben-Gurion Institute for the Study of Israel and Zionism
Dr. Orit Yekutieli, Middle Eastern Studies
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