Dr. Belfer Israel

The evolution of mapping, directionality and emplacement in the science and practice of geography

I am a graduate of the Bar Ilan universities’ STS (Science, Technology and Society) program. My areas of research are in the History of Ideas in science, technology society and religion. Key points of interests are transitions in styles of reasoning and paradigmatic structures. One such emerging style is the Information-age and its influence on science and society. I participate in and leads several research and discussion groups dealing with Bioethics, philosophy of science, Israeli Society, and Religion-Science relations.

As a postdoctoral research fellow in the Elyachar Center at Ben Gurion University, part of i-core’s “Da’at Hamakom” Center for the Study of Cultures of Place in the Modern Jewish World, my research project for the academic year 2014-2015 is the evolution of mapping, directionality and emplacement in the science and practice of geography. Specifically I am investigating the incorporation of soundscapes and other methods for saturating mapping the confluence of different forms of information such as audio and spatial mapping. I am also interested in the conceptual, mythical and spiritual layers of representing spaces – from the abstract issues of extension and void to the concrete lived-in space and directionality.

At present I teach courses in History of Science and Medicine, and Current Topics in Sociology of Science and Judaism at Bar Ilan University, Hadassah Medical School and Machon Magid.