Prof. Jose Brunner

Emeritus in Faculty of Law
History and Philosophy of Science Inst.
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Prof. Jose Brunner
Office: Trubowicz - Law, 106


José Brunner is Professor Emeritus at the Buchmann Faculty of Law and the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. His 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 11 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.



  • 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 taught at Tel Aviv University from 1984 to 2018; in the first decade in the Department of Political Science and then at the Buchmann Faculty of Law and the Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas. From 2015 to 2018 he served as Director of the Cohn Institute and from 2012 to 2020 he was Director of the Eva & Marc Besen Institute for the Study of Historical Consciousness, where he edited the journal History & Memory. He was Director of the Minerva Institute for German History from 2005 to 2013, co-established Israel’s first Legal Clinic for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors in 2011 and founded the Interdisciplinary Study Program for Law and the Humanities in 2010. Brunner 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.


Representative Publications

José Brunner & Galia Plotkin-Amrami (2021). Emotionalizing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict:  On the civil society engagements of Israeli mental health professionals in response to the Palestinian uprisings. Emotions & Society, 3(1), 115-132.


José Brunner & Kristina Meyer (2020). Reputation, Integration, Diskretion. Wiedergutmachung und Demokratisierung in der frühen Bundesrepublik. In: Tim Schanetzky, Tobias Freimüller, Kristina Meyer, Sybille Steinbacher, Dietmar Süss, Annette Weinke (eds.), Demokratisierung der Deutschen. Errungenschaften und Anfechtungen eines Projekts (Göttingen: Wallstein), 102-117.


José Brunner (2019). 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. (Campus: New York), 399-418.


José Brunner & Galia Plotkin-Amrami (2019). From the therapeutic to the post-therapeutic: Psychological resilience, its imaginary and its practices in the shadow of 9/11. Theory & Psychology, 29(2), 219-239.   


José Brunner & Daniel Stahl (eds.) (2016). Recht auf Wahrheit. Genese eines neuen Menschenrechts. (Göttingen: Wallstein Verlag).


José Brunner & Galia Plotkin-Amrami (2015). Making up “National Trauma” in Israel: From collective identity to collective vulnerability. Social Studies of Science 45(4), 525–545.


José Brunner (2014). 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).


José Brunner, Constantin Goschler & Norbert Frei (eds.) (2013). Globalisierung der Wiedergutmachung: Politik, Moral, Moralpolitik. (Göttingen: Wallstein).


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