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Biographical Information:

Dr. Yitzhak Conforti is a senior lecturer at the Israel and Golda Koschitzky department of Jewish History at Bar Ilan University. He is the author of: Past Tense – Zionist Historiography and the Shaping of the Zionist Memory (Jerusalem: Yad Itzhak Ben-Zvi 2006) won the Ish-Shalom prize 2006, and the Hecht prize 2007. He has published extensively on modern Jewish historiography, Jewish Nationalism and Zionism. He was a visiting scholar in the Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Oxford University, the Taub Center for Israel Studies in New York University, the Center for Jewish History in New York, and a fellow at the Katz center for Advances Judaic studies at U-Penn. His last book: Shaping A Nation – The Cultural Origins of Zionism, 1882-1948 (Jerusalem: Yad Itzhak Ben Zvi, 2019). He is a member in the Board of the Association for Israel Studies.

Research Topics:

  • Jewish nationalism
  • The zionist movement
  • History and memory
  • Utopia
  • Modern Jewish historiography
  • Hebrew education in the Land of Israel


Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Bar-Ilan University

Oct 1998Sep 2003

Award Date: 30 Sep 2003

Master, Bar-Ilan University

Oct 1993Sep 1997

Award Date: 30 Sep 1997

Bachelor, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct 1987Sep 1990

Award Date: 30 Sep 1990


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