Prof. Ruth HaCohen (Pinczower)
Musicology Department, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Ruth HaCohen (Pinczower) is Artur Rubinstein Professor of Musicology at the Hebrew University. She graduated in musicology and Jewish thought and received her PhD in Musicology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1992). She published extensively on the ways through which music takes part in the making of religious, social and political worlds, on music as a source of conflict and exclusion, and as a medium of reconciliation, compassion and identification. She has also probed the use of music in antisemitic discourse and its reverberation in music composed by Jews, a project that culminated in a major work - The Music Libel Against the Jews by Yale University Press (2012). Her last book (with Yaron Ezrahi) Composing Power, Singing Freedom, analyzes overt and covert connections between music and politics in the West (Van Leer and Hakibutz Hameuchad, 2017, in Hebrew)
At the Vidal Sasson International Center for the Study of Antisemitism Prof. HaCohen acts as a member of the Academic Committee. Among her tasks at the Hebrew University: Until recently she has served as the Director of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences. She also acted as the Head of the School of the Arts, the Head of the PhD Honors Program and the Chair of the Department of Music. Outside the university, she serves as a member of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute's board of Trustees, and in the Advisory Committee of the Polyphony Foundation in Nazareth. Ruth HaCohen was invited as a visiting professor to numerous universities and research centers abroad.