European Association of Israel Studies

European Association of Israel Studies

Promoting, encouraging and supporting the independent, academic studies of Israel

We do networking...

As a member of the EAIS, you’ll benefit from our range of exciting – and continuously expanding – Israel Studies events, activities, and other exclusive opportunities.

We create a space...

Our annual conference is a fantastic opportunity either to share or excahnge the ideas, research conclusions and scientific approaches. It gives us a chance to build an academic cooperation.

We research and explore

This is the most important thing: our association helps to build bridges between scholars from variuos countries and bring them together in research activities.

We promote...

In todays's world science is not efective without propoer promotion. Reaching out to public with our expertise is the key make an use of our knowledge.


Who We Are and What We Do

The European Association of Israel Studies (EAIS) is an independent, international, and scholarly association devoted to the academic study of Israel. We are a membership organization open to all individuals who are engaged in or share an interest in the scholarly study of Israeli society, politics, and culture, and the historical development of these aspects in historic Palestine and Israel.

We are committed to rigorous academic scholarship about Israel and high quality research and teaching in this area, as well as increasing the breadth of study of this important part of the Middle East. This commitment is reflected in our vision, mission, and values, and in the range of exciting Israel Studies events, resources, and opportunities we provide for our members:

Our vision is to become the leading non-partisan, academic, scholarly, and intellectual association for Israel Studies in Europe.

Our mission is to promote, encourage, and support the independent, academic study of Israel across Europe.

Our values are: Non-partisanship, Non-advocacy, Transparency, Openness to all, Academic excellence.

In ensuring these values, we embrace rigorous scholarship and informed debated.


Artur Skorek


Assistant professor at the Department of Israel, Jagiellonian University in Krakow (UJ), a political scientist specializing in the political system of Israel and international relations in the Middle East.

Marcela Menachem Zoufalá


Cultural anthropologist, lecturer, and researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Holocaust and Jewish Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University. In the field of Israel Studies, her research interests combine Mizrahi Studies, ethnicity, and gender. Recently, she has focused on Jewish-Muslim relations from a transurban comparative perspective.

Joanna Guzik


Assistant Professor at the Institute of Middle and Far East Studies, Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Doctor in history also from Jagiellonian University for thesis “Japan’s policy towards Jewish issue 1932-1948”.

Johannes Becke


Professor for Israel and Middle East Studies at the Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg) and a coopted member of the Philosophical Faculty of Heidelberg University. His research projects and publications focus on the comparative politics of Israel and the Middle East.

Joanna Dyduch


Professor at the Jagiellonian University in the Institute of the Middle and Far East, head of its Department of Israel. She completed her PhD in political science from Wrocław University.

Academic Council

Prof. Colin Shindler


Colin Shindler is Honorary President and Founding Chair of the EAIS. He is an emeritus professor at SOAS University of London and the author of eight books about Israeli history and politics.

Dr. Marcela Zoufalá


Marcela Zoufalá is a researcher and lecturer at Centre for the Study of the Holocaust and Jewish Literature, Faculty of Arts, Charles University. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and published the outcomes of her doctoral dissertation as a monograph entitled Judaism and Women in Israel (in Czech, Karolinum University Press, 2012).

Prof. Sharon Pardo


Prof. Sharon Pardo (Ph.D., Ghent University, Faculty of Political and Social Studies) is a Jean Monnet Chair ad personam in European Studies in the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). Pardo is a Senior Researcher at The Simone Veil Research Centre for Contemporary European Studies.

Eve Benhamou


PhD candidate in contemporary history, my research deals with French foreign policy towards the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict under Jacques Chirac’s second term and the Presidencies of Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande (2002-2017).

Dr. Olaf Glöckner


Olaf Glöckner is a researcher at the Moses Mendelssohn Centre for European-Jewish Studies in Potsdam (MMZ). He is also Lecturer at the Historical Institute and at the Department of Jewish Studies at Potsdam University.

Dr. Peter Bergamin


Peter Bergamin is Lecturer in Oriental Studies at Mansfield College, Oxford. He completed his DPhil in Oriental Studies at the University of Oxford in 2016, under the supervision of Derek Penslar. University.

Prof. Przemyslaw Turek


Przemyslaw Turek PhD, Associate Professor at the Institute of the Middle and Far East of the Jagiellonian University, head of the Department of Israel and Levant, a scholar of Oriental and Polish studies.

Prof. Joanna Dyduch


Prof. Joanna Dyduch is lecturer at the Jagiellonian University in the Institute of the Middle and Far East. She completed her PhD in political science from Wrocław University.

Our Partners:

Jagiellonian University in Krakow was founded in 1364 by Casimir III the Great, the Jagiellonian University is the oldest university in Poland, the second oldest university in Central Europe, and one of the oldest surviving universities in the world. Notable alumni include astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus, poet Jan Kochanowski, Polish King John III Sobieski, constitutional reformer Hugo Kołłątaj.
The Israel Institute enhances knowledge about modern Israel through the expansion of accessible, innovative learning opportunities, on and beyond campus. The Institute’s many programmes and initiatives advance rigorous teaching, research, and discourse about modern Israel. The Israel Institute kindly provides essential financial support for our Annual Conference.