Prof. Jose Brunner

Emeritus in Faculty of Law
History and Philosophy of Science Inst.
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Prof. Jose Brunner
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José Brunner is Professor Emeritus at the Buchmann Faculty of Law and the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. He was Director of the Minerva Institute for German History from 2005 to 2013, founded the Interdisciplinary Study Program for Law and the Humanities in 2010, and in 2011 he co-established Israel’s first Legal Clinic for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors. From 2015 to 2018 he served as Director of the Cohn Institute and since 2012 he is Director of the Eva & Marc Besen Institute for the Study of Historical Consciousness, where he edits the journal History & Memory. Brunner has been teaching at Tel Aviv University since 1984 and has held visiting fellowships and professorships at Harvard, Northwestern, McGill, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zürich, the Goethe University, Frankfurt/Main and the Sigmund-Freud University, Berlin.



  • 1991-92 Post-Doc, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, Harvard University.
  • 1987 D. Phil. in Politics. St. Antony's College, Oxford University.
  • 1977 B.A. in Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
  • 1973 Swiss Baccalaureate, Wirtschaftsgymnasium Freudenberg, Zürich.


Academic Appointments

Brunner’s main areas of research and publication include the relationship between law, memory and identity, the right to the truth, the history of compensation for Holocaust survivors in Germany and Israel, the history and politics of psychoanalysis, the politics of the mental health discourse, psychological theories of Nazism and genocide, and diverse topics in modern and contemporary political thought.

Brunner has published more than 100 scientific publications, which appeared in English, German, Hebrew, Spanish, Greek and Japanese, including 2 monographs and 17 edited volumes. He has been principal investigator in 6 funded projects and participated in several others. In the last 10 years, he organized and co-organized over 20 academic conferences and workshops, and presented at many more.


Representative Publications

“Inflamed spines and anarchic minds: Dynamics of medical testimony on nervous shock in late 19th century England”. In: Moritz Epple, Annette Imhausen & Falk Müller (eds.) Weak Knowledge: Forms, Functions and Dynamics (in press, Campus, New York).


“From the therapeutic to the post-therapeutic: Psychological resilience, its imaginary and its practices in the shadow of 9/11”. Theory & Psychology, 29(2) (2019). With Galia Plotkin-Amrami.      


“Constructing the resilient subject in Israeli classrooms: Professional interventions, culture and politics in a protracted conflict”. Pedagogy, Culture & Society, 25 (2017), 417-430. With Galia Plotkin-Amrami.


Recht auf Wahrheit. Genese eines neuen Menschenrechts. Co-edited with Daniel Stahl. (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2016).


Die Politik des Traumas. Gewalterfahrungen und psychisches Leid in den USA, in Deutschland und im Israel/Palästina Konflikt (Frankfurter Adorno Vorlesungen; Frankfurt/Main: Suhrkamp Verlag, 2014).


Globalisierung der Wiedergutmachung: Politik, Moral, Moralpolitik. Co-edited with Norbert Frei and Constantin Goschler (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2013).


Die Praxis der Wiedergutmachung: Geschichte, Erfahrung und Wirkung in Deutschland und Israel. Co-edited with Norbert Frei and Constantin Goschler (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag, 2009).


Freud and the Politics of Psychoanalysis (Hardcover: Blackwell, 1995; Softcover: Transaction Publishers, 2001).


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