The responses to the paper 'On "The Elders of the Tribe", the "Retainers" and the "Newcomers" in Israeli Geography' were principally directed to three questions: How many "revolutions" has Israeli geography undergone? Is the "regional imperative" also found in the background of contemporary work? How critical is Israeli geography? In preparing the response, documents from the earliest days of the Jerusalem department have been uncovered. These documents expose the ways in which geographers who did not belong to the German 'production line' were refused academic appointment. Likewise, I present findings emphasizing the connection between the lack of critical analysis and the need of Israeli geographers to publish in languages other than Hebrew, and upon professional evaluations provided by the "Elders of the Tribe" in Jerusalem. These mechanisms created conformity of thought, even if Israeli geographers are dealing with new research topics and are using advanced research methods.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Tip of the Iceberg|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - 1999|