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Gadi Algazi

Visiting Scholar (Jan 2019-Jul 2019)

PhD, Professor of History at the Department of History, Tel Aviv University
Second Stay July 2018

Gadi Algazi studied history, Islamic history and civilization, and French literature in Tel Aviv and Göttingen. He obtained his PhD in 1992. Gadi was a Visiting Scholar at MPIWG, a Research Fellow at Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, and is currently a professor at Tel Aviv University in the Department of History. In addition, he is an associate Research Fellow at the international research center Work and Human Life Cycle in Global History at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. He is also member of the editorial boards of Past & Present and Historische Anthropologie, and previously served as senior editor of the journal History & Memory (2001–2012).

As a Visiting Scholar at the MPIWG, Gadi is working on his book on the making of the scholarly way of life, 1470–1630. His research interests include late medieval and early modern social and cultural history, with a focus on historical anthropology and gender history; he is particularly interested in the history and theory of the social sciences, settler colonialism, and frontier societies.


No current projects were found for this scholar.

Exemplum and Wundertier: Three Concepts of the Scholarly Persona


Households of Knowledge: Reshaping the Scholarly Habitus, 1300–1600


Selected Publications

Algazi, G. (2016). Exemplum and Wundertier: three concepts of the scholarly persona. BMGN: the Low Countries Historical Review, 131(4), 8-32.

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Algazi, G. (2012). Johannes Keplers Apologie: Wissensproduktion, Selbstdarstellung und die Geschlechterordnung. Wissen, maßgeschneidert: Experten und Expertenkulturen im Europa der Vormoderne (Historische Zeitschrift / Beiheft 57), 214-248.

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Algazi, G. (2010). Habitus, familia und forma vitae: Die Lebensweisen mittelalterlicher Gelehrten in muslimischen, jüdischen und christlichen Gemeinden - vergleichend betrachtet. Vorträge und Forschungen (Beiträge zur Kulturgeschichte der Gelehrten im späten Mittelalter), 57, 185-217.

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Algazi, G. (2008). Norbert Elias’s motion pictures: history, cinema and gestures in the process of civilization. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. Part A, 39(3), 444-458.

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Past Events


Humanists and Time, or: Kepler Wagging his Tail