Adi Livny

Adi Livny

Israeli political history and sociology, comparative history and the history of ideas.

I am currently a PhD student at the department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. I completed my Master’s degree (2013) in the department of Political Science at the Hebrew University. During my M.A. I served as an instructor of the course “Scientific Reading and Writing” and as a teacher’s assistant for the course “Government of Israel”. I addition, I spent a year as an exchange student at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg in Germany and shorter periods of time in Vienna and Berlin, in which I learned German.

My research interests combine Israeli political history and sociology, comparative history and the history of ideas. My Master’s Thesis, “Conscientious Objection and the State: between Confrontation and Recognition,” written under the guidance of Prof. Yfaat Weiss and Dr. Iddo Nevo, examined how three states with mandatory conscription – Israel, The Federal Republic of Germany and Switzerland, dealt with the policy challenge raised by conscientious objectors (CO) to military service in the course of the second half of the twentieth century. I argued that the treatment of COs reflects the political culture and the position of the army in each of these states rather than their objective security concerns. It was honored in 2013 as an outstanding MA thesis by the Hebrew University’s Committee for the Advancement of Comparative Israeli History.

Current projects

My dissertation, still in its infancy, deals with the encounter of center and periphery in Israel’s early years as it was embodied in the encounter between central European immigrants, Israeli scholars from different disciplines, and their research subjects – the Mizrachi immigrants who largely inhabited the Israeli periphery.

In the framework of Da’at Hamakom, I take part in the center’s project of preserving and exploring German-Jewish Collections, during which I work on cataloging and preserving archival sources found at the Archive of the Hebrew University.