Welcome to the Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies

The Program for Hermeneutics and Cultural Studies was founded in 1999 and was the first academic program in Israel to offer graduate studies in hermeneutics and culture. Like similar programs founded in Europe and the USA, the program houses under the same roof scholars whose intellectual interest lies in the meeting of different disciplines of knowledge and theoretical and hermeneutical tools. The presumption of this new field of knowledge is that there is effectively nothing which cannot be interpreted and studied as a cultural phenomenon. The concept of culture appears here in a new context - not just the activity traditionally regarded as high culture (art, literature or music) but the whole ensemble of human activities organized aroud language, institutions and practices.