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Oded Cohen completed B.A and M.A in history at Tel Aviv University. The Ph.D dissertation, written under the supervision of Prof. Elchanan Reiner at The Chaim Rosenberg School of Jewish Studies at Tel Aviv University, examined the cultural spaces of the 18th century emissary Rabbi, Chaim Yosef David Azulai (HIDA).
He is currently a Valler postdoctoral fellow at the University of Haifa and has held a research fellowship at the University of Aix-Marseille, France, a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the study of Conversion & inter-religious Encounters in Ben Gurion University of the Negev and the Lady Davis postdoctoral Fellowship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research deals with Rabbinic Emissaries and Wanderers as Transmitters of Knowledge in the Early Modern Mediterranean Basin. His Book: 'Ever Turning Blows the Wind': Cultural Spaces in Rabbi Haim Yosef David Azulay's World, based on his dissertation, accepted for publication by The Hebrew University Magnes Press.


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Federico Ugolini received a PhD in Roman Archaeology from King’s College London. His research interests include ancient harbour archaeology, with a focus on the Adriatic region. He is particularly interested in Roman harbours, shipwrecks and seafarings, as well as ancient iconography and antiquarian reception. More recently he investigated the dynamics of iconographies and visual receptions of maritime cityscapes in the Mediterranean and their symbolic meaning in antiquity, which is the topic of his monograph ‘Visualizing Harbours in the Classical World. Iconography and Representation around the Mediterranean’, published by Bloomsbury. He was research associate at the Institute of Classical Studies, University of London, and staff member of the Portus Project excavation. During his research fellowship at the HCMH, Federico will work on Hadriaticum, a study of the port system of the Northern Adriatic basin and its network of coastal and rural settlements in the Roman period (200 BCE - 300 CE).

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Umberto Signori holds a doctorate in Early Modern History from the University of Milan. He was formerly a fellow at the Italian Institute for Historical Studies (Naples) and a postdoctoral research fellow at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. His work explores issues of mobility, diplomacy, protection, and procedures of identification in the early modern Mediterranean from a perspective centered on the rights claimed by foreigners. His interests focus on several Mediterranean polities, including the Republic of Venice, the Kingdom of Naples, and the Ottoman Empire.
As a postdoctoral fellow at the HCMH, Umberto plans to focus on editing a manuscript on the claims of protection made by migrants in the eastern Mediterranean who would have become Venetian consuls. Furthermore, he will be working on several article projects on the ways with which migrants could guarantee their entitlement to rights in both the Ottoman world and the Venetian context.

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Shlomit has received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In her dissertation she studied the relationship between political change and material culture and the transition from the Middle Bronze Age to the Late Bronze Age as a test case. She was able to show that significant changes in the material culture occurred only after the southern Levant came under Egyptian rule, following Thutmose III’s campaign in the 15th century BCE.
Shlomit has been a leading staff member of the Tel Hazor excavations since 2007 and has become the co-director of the excavation in 2015.
During her time as a post-doctoral fellow at the HCMH, Shlomit will be working on a project examining ceramic assemblages by focusing on environmental questions. Changes in consumption of storage vessels (quantity, volume and context of their findings) will be examined throughout the third and second millennia BCE and compared to known climate changes.


I started my professional life by creating video games. I was a teacher of game design and development at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design and the head of the “Video Games Design Program” at the Midrasha School of Arts, Beit-Berl College for seven years. Between 2011 and 2017, I put my career aside and dedicated myself fully to doctoral studies at the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies in Tel-Aviv University. I recently completed several years of research in Italy on the subject of Venetian Shipping. Beside theoretical research, I sail the Mediterranean in my boat Bellatrix. My research is thus based on historical sources, practical experience and the use of new technologies.



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Inbar Graiver received her PhD in 2017 from the Zvi Yavetz School of Historical Studies at Tel Aviv University. Her dissertation on asceticism and self-transformation in late antiquity was recently published as a book (entitled Asceticism of the Mind: Forms of Attention and Self-Transformation in Late Antiquity) by Toronto University Press. In 2017-2019 she completed a postdoctoral research at Humboldt University, Berlin, and is currently teaching at the History Department at Ben-Gurion University. Her current research is devoted to the late antique and early medieval roots of Western psychology.