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DAVID Julia

Teaching and Research Positions since 2007


  • Lecturer at London University (forthcoming, September/October 2015).
  • since end February 2015 : Visiting Research Fellow at Oxford University, Department of Politics and International Relations.
  • Lecturer at Barnard College (affiliated Columbia University) (October 2014), New York. “The left-wing intellectuals in France and the Arab-Israeli conflict”.
  • from 1er September through 30 November 2014 : Fellow at Harvard University, Center for Jewish Studies. Accepted with a project about : “Currents of Thought in the Jewish Intellectual Left in France since the 1960s : Between Revolutionary Passion, Radical Democracy, and Liberal/Republican Critiques of Democracy ».
  • mi- May 2014-end October 2014 : Visiting scholar at New York University.
  • Postdoctoral researcher at GSRL-CNRS (Societies, Religions, Secularities, UMR 8582), November 2011-2014. 
  • Lecturer at Ecole Nationale des Ponts-et-Chaussées (ENPC), “In the light of political philosophy : thinking techno-scientific innovation within the frame of democracy » as part of the “Technique and democracy” course in March 2013 - 2014. (and soon in June 2015).
  • Lecturer (“chargée de cours”) at l’Institut Catholique de Paris, within the faculty of Social and Economic Sciences (FASSE). Teaching Social and Economic Sciences since 2007 (undergraduate program). 2013-2014 lecturer in “Geopolitics and international relations” graduate program - Master’s degree). (2007-2014)
  • Lecturer at IEP Paris (Paris Institute for Political Sciences), 2011-2012 - (Teaching 2 classes for a total 48h ).

Qualified by the CNU as senior lecturer (“maître de conferences”), section 22, History and Civilizations : Modern Worlds History .
Qualified by the CNU as senior lecturer, section 19. Sociology, Demography.
Qualified by the CNU as senior lecturer, section 04, Political Science.
Member of the Academic Council of the European Institute Emmanuel Levinas (Institut Européen Emmanuel Levinas) (Alliance israélite universelle in Paris).
PhD in Political Sciences, Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

Viva on 10 December 2010. Unanimously granted the « most honorable and highly commended dissertation” disctinction and proposed for prize and grant.
Dissertation title : “Neither Reaction, nor Revolution. The Jewish Intellectuals and the critique of Progress since the Interwar Period : a French Voice ?”.
Jury members : Denis CHARBIT (Political Science, Open university of Israël, examiner), Philippe DE LARA (Political Science, Paris II, Panthéon-Assas), Yves DELOYE (Political Science, Paris I/ IEP Bordeaux, chairman of the jury), Perrine SIMON-NAHUM (Political and Intellectual History, CNRS, examiner), Paul ZAWADZKI (Political Science, Paris I, thesis supervisor).
Co-winner of the 2011 prix de thèse de l’AFSR (thesis prize) (French Association for Social Science of Religions). Site Pouchet CNRS.

Area of Study and Research Themes


  • History of political ideas, political thought
  • Intellectual history of Jews since the Emancipation
  • European intellectual history in the contemporary period
  • French intellectual history in the contemporary period
  • Intellectual history of political modernity and its critique
  • Religion and political thought

Research Activities


  • A few seminars or communications
  •  Participant in the CEIFR-CNRS (Centre for Cross-Disciplinary Religious Studies) Study Day on 15 November 2005, chaired by Christian Décobert, organized by Frédéric Gugelot, “Affiliations-disaffiliations to Jewish identity in the Modern Age in France”.
  • Second International Congress for Francophone Political Science Associations, Laval University, Québec, 25 and 26 May 2007, with Quebec University in Montréal and Ottawa University. Delivered a paper on “The Thought of the Return” and the crisis of modernity in French judaism.
  • Participant in the IRESCO-CNRS symposium, French Social Sciences of Religions Association, dedicated to “Memories : political space and intersubjectivity », delivering a paper called « Jewish Thinkers and the “Pedagogy of Peace” in the Middle-East. From Singular Memory to the Production of a Common Sense”, 4 and 5 February 2008.
  • Symposium : “World Visions and Religious Modernities : Confronting Views”, 10-12 April 2008, at Université Moulay Ismail de Meknès (Morocco), in partnership with the Francophone Sociologists’ International Association and Paris VIII University. Delivered a paper on “Religious Memory and Democratic Pluralism. Jewish Intellectuals and the Peace Process in the Middle-East.”
  • Communication at the study day for post-doctoral researchers at CERSES-CNRS. Presenting thesis axes, 24 September 2008.
  • Partaker in the 31st SISR Congress 2011. International Society for the Sociology of Religions, 30 June-3 July 2011, IEP (Political Studies Institute) of Aix-en-Provence, Human Rights, and « the rights of Others ». From Levinas to Present-day Problematics. Worshop WG8 “Mutations and evolutions of present-day Judaism”.
  • Intervention at the GSRL-CNRS post-doctoral researchers’ seminar on “Violence and exiting religion”, articulated around the French historian and philosopher Marcel Gauchet ; “Personality Disorders and Disorders of Being-Togetherness in the Age of the World’s Disenchantment”, 10 October 2012.
  • Co-organizer of the post-doctoral researchers’ GSRL-CNRS 2012-2013 seminar on “Religion and violence in modernity : theoretical approaches, historical perspectives and current mutations.” http://www.gsrl.cnrs.fr/spip.php%3Farticle329.html
  • Debater and moderator for Jacques Le Rider (study director at EPHE) during his intervention at the GSRL post-doc seminar on “Freud, culture and censorship”, 30 May 2013.
  • Intervention at the SISR (International Society for the Sociology of Religions) 2013 congress, University of Turku, Finland, 27-30 June 2013. WG : Mutations and Evolutions of Present-Day Jewish World. 
  • Intervention at the 16th World Congress of Jewish Studies, Jerusalem, Jerusalem Hebraic University, Israël, 28 July - 1er August 2013.
  • February 8, 2015, participation in the “8e Rencontre Livre des mondes juifs et diasporas en dialogue”, Maison du Barreau, Paris. “The Jewish intellectuals in the 21th Century : between commitment and tradition.”, with Antoine Spire, Jean Leselbaum and Jean-Claude Poizat.
  • February 18, 2015, participation in a panel discussion at NYU-Paris “Contemporary antisemitism in France”. (in English). Discutant : Pr Nonna Mayer (Director of research, CNRS/ Science Po CEVIPOF)
  • March 22, 2015, “Vladimir Jankélévitch et la question morale”, lecture in Israel, at Netanya Academic College, with the European Institute Emmanuel Levinas (Alliance Israélite universelle). 
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