Published: Monday, August 19, 2013
A Magnum Cum Laude graduate of Tel Aviv University in Jewish History and political science, Nadav Molchadsky is currently a PhD Candidate in modern Jewish History at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Nadav is currently writing his dissertation on the topic of Israeli commissions of inquiry and the affinity between their work, Israeli collective memory and historiography.
About Nadav's Research Topic:
History in the Public Courtroom: State Commissions of Inquiry and Battles over the Israeli Past
Nadav's dissertation project focuses on commissions of inquiry as juridical bodies that write history. As such, the commissions are cast in the role of offering judgments and forging historical narratives on matters deemed to be of vital public importance. Set within the context of recent work on Israeli historical memory, the study attempts to shed light on the nexus between Israeli state commissions of inquiry, Israeli historiography, and Israeli collective memory. It explores the social and political roles of disparate historical narrators and the ways in which the public history they create resonates beyond the walls of the academy. Besides exploring early Zionist and Israeli commissions of inquiry, the project ranges from the commission that explored the murder of the Zionist leader Chaim Arlosoroff, to the Agranat commission that was established in the wake of the 1973 Yom Kippur War, to the most recent Orr commission, which investigated the death of Israeli Arabs in the midst of the Second intifada. Embedded in the Israeli socio-political sphere, the study is also in dialog with a growing body of scholarship on commissions of inquiry throughout the world.