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The Fragile Boundary between the Political and the Academic

Rivka Feldhay

The Council for Higher Education (CHE) Law passed in Israel in 1958. Its aim was to mediate between the state and the institutions for higher education, and to anchor these relations in legislation. The law stipulates that “a recognized institution is free to manage its own academic and administrative affairs as it sees fit, within the framework of its budget” (CHE Law 1958: 15).

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Migrating Knowledge and the Mobility of Ideas

Rivka Feldhay and Gal Hertz


In this article, we offer a broad view of “knowledge in motion” based on our collaborative work and experience at the Minerva Humanities Center at Tel Aviv University. We first present our reflections through a short case study concerned with the perception of sunspots through the telescope and their alternative conceptualizations by agents with different research agendas. We then present our theoretical reflections on “migrating knowledge” and summarize a few research projects done in our center that may throw further light on our socio-epistemic framework. Finally, we articulate some of our suggestions for mobility studies in order to engage them with the kind of questions we have been concerned with for quite some time now.