While we spoke of many things

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November 22, 2017 16:48

The Friday night dinner table type discussions lasted three days.




Nowa Huta in Kraków, Poland (above) and New Harmony, Indiana (right) serve as unfinished/failed exam

Nowa Huta in Kraków, Poland (above) and New Harmony, Indiana (right) serve as unfinished/failed examples of utopian communities: ‘While New York and Berlin, London, Rawabi and Jerusalem are not yet perfect, some great minds have just been working hard on unpicking the problems.’ (. (photo credit: WIKIMEDIA)

When last did you spend a whole weekend listening to people rabbiting on about empirical structures, emergent phenomena and epidemiology? Not to mention a thorough (but not trenchant) unpacking of maps with ideological formalism, without being stodgy or exhibiting a panoply of paradigm shifts? Haven’t heard such elevated language in a while? Then you obviously weren’t at the latest Anglo-Israel Colloquium in Jerusalem held one balmy weekend in November.

Everything is oh-so-splendidly posh at this biannual gathering of brainy, intellectual, top British and Israeli experts in their field: discussions take place (fueled by artichoke hearts and baked fish with yummy sauces) in the tranquil beauty of Mishkenot Sha’ananim, nestled in the embrace of Jerusalem’s Old City walls.

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