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European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS)

3rd Annual Conference on Israel Studies: Conflict, Continuity, and Change: Israel in Comparative Perspective

Various Speakers

Date: 14 September 2014Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 16 September 2014Time: 6:00 PM

Venue: SOAS, University of London

Type of Event: Conference

Registration is now open for this year’s conference at SOAS University of London and the latest draft of the programme (updated on 26 August 2014) is now available for your information.  This year, highlights of the conference include:

  • The opening plenary and keynote address from Iyad Zahalka, Kadi of Jerusalem, followed by a welcome reception on Sunday, 14 September 2014.
  • 74 papers spread across 19 panels and 6 sessions on Monday, 15 and Tuesday, 16 September 2014.
  • The closing plenary and keynote address from Ahron Bregman, author of Cursed Victory: Israel and the Occupied Territories, on Tuesday, 16 September 2014.

Other highlights include an optional Conference Dinner, an EAIS Student Members’ Meeting (for all current and prospective Student Members) and an EAIS Membership Information Drop-In Session.

The aim of the conference is to bring together scholars from a variety of disciplines who are engaged in research relating to any aspect of Israel Studies, including Politics, Literature, History, Economics, Language, Culture, Music, and Art.

It will continue to build on areas previously investigated in the academic literature and to open up new fields of intellectual enquiry.

The conference will be conducted in English.


To register for this event, please visit the Online Store

Special Dietary Requirements

You can request kosher or vegetarian catering when you register online.  If you have any other special dietary requirements, please inform Kirsten Daswani (kirsten.daswani@soas.ac.uk) who will endeavour to accommodate your needs.


If you have a disability or any additional needs and require assistance in order to fully participate in the conference, please inform Kirsten Daswani (kirsten.daswani@soas.ac.uk) who will endeavour to accommodate your needs.


Please consult the latest version of the Programme (updated on 26 August 2014) for detailed information about the conference.

Keynote Speakers

The opening keynote address will be given by Iyad Zahalka, Kadi of Jerusalem.  As Head of the Shar'i Court in Jerusalem, Kadi Zahalka is an accomplished judge, lecturer, author and activist.  He has filled several important positions in the Shar'i court system, including that of Director.

The closing keynote address will be given by Ahron Bregman.  Dr Bregman was born in Israel in 1958.  As an IDF artillery officer he took part in the 1978 Litani Campaign and the 1982 Lebanon war.  He left the army after six years of service to work at the Knesset as a parliamentary assistant and study International Relations and Politics at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.  In 1994, Ahron completed his PhD at the Department of War Studies, King's College London where he now teaches.  He worked as an academic consultant on two major BBC TV documentaries: The Fifty Years War: Israel and the Arabs (1998) and Elusive Peace: Israel and the Arabs (2005).  Ahron's books include the companion books to the above documentaries, as well as, Israel's Wars: A History since 1947 and a History of Israel. His latest book, Cursed Victory: A History of Israel and the Occupied Territories, was published by Penguin in June 2014 and sparked an international controversy led by a cover story in Newsweek magazine.

Conference Dinner

Please join us on Monday evening, 15 September 2014 for a delicious buffet at the sensational JW3 whose chef, Eran Tibi, forged his career at Ottolenghi and now runs Zest, the highly-acclaimed restaurant, café, and bar at JW3.  

Please note this year’s optional Conference Dinner is a ticketed event.  To attend this mouthwatering event, please purchase a dinner ticket (listed as 'Dinner - £30.00') in addition to your conference ticket ('Full Price - £60.00' or 'Student - £25.00', as appropriate), adding both these items to your basket when you visit the Online Store.  

To avoid disappointment, we encourage you to purchase your ticket for the conference dinner now! 

EAIS Student Members’ Meeting

All postgraduate research students attending the conference are warmly invited to attend the EAIS Student Members’ Meeting.  Whether you’re already a Student Member of the EAIS or you’re thinking about joining, you’re assured a warm welcome from Dr Jacob Eriksson, EAIS Student Membership Secretary, who is eager to hear what you would like to get out of the EAIS, and how we can best support your development as researchers and scholars in Israel Studies.

EAIS Membership Information Drop-In Session

Find out more about membership of the EAIS from members of the Executive Committee and the Executive Director of the EAIS.  


The conference will take place at the Vernon Square campus of SOAS University of London which is housed in an Edwardian building within the New River Conservation area and is close to the transport links of King's Cross St Pancras as well as Islington’s boutiques and restaurants.  This campus offers state-of-the-art teaching and learning resources alongside spacious social amenities.

Please consult the Travel Advice we have produced to find out how to get to the Vernon Square campus of SOAS University of London.


The nearest hotel to the Vernon Square campus of SOAS University of London is the Travelodge Kings Cross Royal Scot Hotel which was refurbished internally earlier this year and has over 400 rooms available.  Travelodge is a national chain of hotels in the UK and offers modest rooms at affordable rates.  Breakfast is also available for a small supplement.  Currently, rooms at the Travelodge Kings Cross Royal Scot Hotel are being offered at very favourable rates for central London and delegates are encouraged to book now as these rates will increase considerably in the coming months.

Other nearby hotels which belong to national / international chains include:

There is also a nearby hostel:

If you are feeling adventurous, you might like to consider booking accommodation in the King's Cross St Pancras area via one of the following websites:

SOAS University of London also provide information on nearby hotels as well as nearby hostels, but please be aware that these hotels may be closer to the Russell Square campus than the Vernon Square campus.

Please note that the inclusion of any hotels, hostels, or websites in the listing above does not constitute a recommendation.


Please consult the Google Map we have created to locate the Vernon Square campus of SOAS University of London and the nearby hotels and hostel mentioned above.

Call for Papers

The call for papers has now closed and decisions on both papers and panels (all subject to a review process) were taken by Monday, 30 June 2014.  All applicants have now been notified by email about the outcome of their application.

All presenters at the conference must be fully paid-up members of the EAIS.

Please consult the Membership and EAIS Charter sections of our website for more information about becoming a member of the EAIS.

Updated information about the 3rd Annual Conference on Israel Studies will be published on our website in due course.

Organiser: EAIS

Contact email: kirsten.daswani@soas.ac.uk

Contact Tel: +44 (0)20 7898 4358