Yemima Cohen-Aharoni

Post-PhD Fellow, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem;

The Temple of Jerusalem: The Memory of the Future and the Politics of the Present

Yemima Cohen-Aharoni is a PhD candidate in sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, under the guidance of Prof. Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi. She was a visiting scholar at the New School for Social Research in 2015/16. She holds a M.A. degree from the Institute for European Studies and a B.A. degree in History and Sociology from the Hebrew University. Her Ph.D. deals with the commemoration of the Temple in heritage sites around the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. She received doctoral Fellowships from the Israel Institute, the Posen Society of Fellows and the Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility program. The first article from my Ph.D. : “Guiding the ‘Real’ Temple: the Construction of Authenticity in Heritage Sites in a State of Absence and Distance”, was accepted for publication in Annals of Tourism Research.


Ben Nienass


Assistant Professor, California State University San Marcos, Department of Political Science

Reclaiming Memory and Mourning: Grievability and Resistance in Mexico.

Benjamin Nienass is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State University San Marcos and will join the Humanities Center at the University of Rochester as a Research Fellow in Fall 2017. His research has appeared inSocial Research, Politics & Society, and The Review of Politics, among other journals. He is also the co-editor of SilenceScreen, and Spectacle: Rethinking Social Memory in the Age of Information (Berghahn Books, 2014, Paperback in 2016), as well as the co-editor of several special journal issues related to collective memory. He received his PhD from the Department of Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York.