1st German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium 2009: On the Move: People, Ideas, and Artifacts
November 29 - December 2, 2009
Kibbutz Tzuba, Israel
The German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposia (GISFOH) are a series of interdisciplinary binational conferences which are co-organized by the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (IASH) and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. They bring together approx. 50 outstanding young postdoctoral scholars from a wide range of humanistic disciplines (24 each from Germany and Israel). The conference format allows for the exchange of ideas across disciplinary as well as national boundaries and, at the same time, provides opportunities for future binational collaborations and networking. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation will support such collaborations between German and Israeli participants with its special follow-up program "CONNECT". Conferences take place once a year alternately in Israel and in Germany.
With the start of this special type of conference for Israeli and German scholars from the humanities the Humboldt Foundation extends its successful program of binational Frontiers of Research Symposia. Symposia in the humanities are also carried out with the U.S. (German-American Frontiers of Humanities Symposium (GAFOH)). Moreover, Frontiers of Science Symposia are organized for natural scientists with the U.S., Japan, China, and Great Britain as well as Frontiers of Engineering Symposia with the U.S. and, most recently with India.
Some facts about our Israeli partner organization: The Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities (IASH)
Background and History
Charted by law in 1961, the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities, acts as a national focal point for Israeli scholarship in both the Natural Sciences and the Humanities. The Academy consists of approximately 90 of Israel's most distinguished scientists and scholars, who, with the help of the Academy staff and committees, monitor and promote Israeli intellectual excellence, advise the government on scientific planning, fund and publish research of lasting merit, and maintain active contact with the broader international scientific and scholarly community. Its seat is in Jerusalem, and its aims (as specified in legislation and its by-laws) are as follows
- To enlist as its members distinguished scholars and scientists resident in Israel;
- To cultivate and promote scholarly and scientific endeavor;
- To advise the government on activities relating to research and scientific planning of national significance;
- To maintain contact with parallel bodies abroad;
- To ensure the representation of Israeli scholarship and science at international institutions and conferences;
- To publish writings calculated to promote scholarship and science;
- To engage in any other activity calculated to serve the aforesaid objectives.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, originally established in 1860 in memory of the eminent scientist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt (1769-1859), devoted itself until 1923 to sponsoring research travel abroad by German scholars. The Foundation was re-organized in 1925 with the aim of supporting foreign researchers and doctoral candidates engaged in studies in Germany. After the collapse of the German Reich in 1945, the Foundation was re-established in 1953 by the Federal Republic of Germany as an independent foundation with headquarters in Bonn. Since then the Foundation has sponsored more than 23,000 scholars and scientists from all disciplines. It has been maintaining a network of Humboldtians from 130 countries worldwide - including 43 Nobel Laureates.
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation annually enables more than 1,900 researchers from all over the world to spend time researching in Germany. Each year, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation grants
- approx. 600 research fellowships to highly qualified foreign scholars and scientists, who have either completed their doctorates in the last four years (postdoctoral researchers) or less than twelve years ago (experienced researchers), enabling them to undertake long-term periods of research in Germany;
- up to 100 research awards to internationally recognized foreign scholars and scientists (who are nominated by recognized German scholars/scientists);
- up to 25 Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Awards to outstanding scholars and scientists from abroad who have completed their doctorates less than twelve years ago;
- up to 150 Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships to highly qualified German scholars and scientists, who have either completed their doctorates in the last four years (postdoctoral researchers) or less than twelve years ago (experienced researchers), enabling them to spend periods of research abroad;
- up to 10 Alexander von Humboldt Professorships to top-rank researchers of all disciplines working abroad who are eligible to be appointed to full professorships in Germany to carry out ground-breaking and long-term research (nominations by German Universities);
- 2 Max Planck Research Awards to highly-qualified German and foreign scholars and scientists for international cooperation;
- German Chancellor Scholarships for prospective leaders in the academic, economic, and political fields: up to 10 scholarships each for prospective leaders from the United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the People's Republic of China;
- additional research fellowships in special programs.