Nicole Hochner is a Senior Lecturer (US Associate Professor) in the Department of Political Science and in the Program in Cultural Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research analyses the production of political ideas in their social and cultural context, at the crossroads of the late medieval and the early modern periods. She has published on numerous topics such as the emblem of the porcupine, the representation of the biblical character Esther in the late medieval and early modern periods, the notion of propaganda, the display of tears in official pageants, the invention of the word 'emotion', and the political thought of canonical and non-canonical political thinkers such as Guillaume Budé, Pierre Gringore, Claude de Seyssel, Nicole Oresme, Christine de Pizan or Niccolò Machiavelli. Her most recent work focuses on the metaphor of the body politics and the medical theory of humours.
of endless gratification because I deeply believe that burning questions of our times are best raised through the rereading of those works that are of much relevance even if they were written long before our modern era (for instance Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes or Rousseau). Each year I find myself reading these texts differently thanks to Amirim's students who are a pleasure to engage with, and from whom I learn as much as I teach them how to interpret, decipher and illuminate political ideas in the texts studied. My course has two objectives: the first is to study and investigate a specific corpus, the second is to enhance and improve reading and writing skills.