rotem kownerRotem Kowner is professor of history at the Department of Asian Studies, specializing in modern Japanese history and naval history. His research focuses on military and naval aspects of Japan's modern wars, with a particular interest in the Russo– Japanese War and World War II. His books include The Forgotten Campaign (2005), Historical Dictionary of the Russo-Japanese War (2006, 2017), The Impact of the Russo-Japanese War and Rethinking the Russo-Japanese War (editor, 2007), Race and Racism in Modern East Asia (co-editor with Walter Demel, 2013-2015), and From White to Yellow (2014). Professor Kowner is the founder and first chair of the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Haifa and the co-founder and chair of the Israeli Association of Japanese Studies (IAJS), and serves on the editorial board of several academic journals. Currently he is the director of the liberal arts program in Haifa and the inter-university graduate program (with the Hebrew University) 'The Asian Sphere'.

shlomo hereliAssociate Professor of Social Psychology. I am a Social Psychologist who is interested in emotions. I am a faculty member of the Department of Business Administration at the University of Haifa where I serve as the Director of the head of the Laboratory for the Study of Social Perception of Emotions.

arnon golanreceived his BA (1982), MA (1986, Cum Laude) and PhD (1994) degrees in geography from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He is an associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University Of Haifa. Prof. Golan’s main area of interest is historical and political geography. His former work concentrated on the impact of war and post-war processes on the transformation of human landscapes in Eastern and Southern Europe following the Great War and in Israel during and following the 1948 war. His current research concentrates on the historical geography of Palestine/Israel, mostly on different aspects of urbanization between the 1930s and 1960s.

gil gambashChair of the Department of Maritime Civilizations, Head of the Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies, Director of the Haifa Center for Mediterranean History, Faculty of Humanities, University of Haifa. Gil Gambash is the chair of the Department of Maritime Civilizations at the University of Haifa, and the co-founder and director of the Haifa Centre for Mediterranean History. He is also the head of the Recanati Institute for Maritime Studies at the University of Haifa. He wrote his PhD in Princeton and Oxford, focusing on the relationship between the Roman empire and its provinces. His current research interests center on ancient Mediterranean empires, particularly with regard to aspects of maritime connectivity, mobility, and logistics.

yoram evronYoram Evron is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Haifa. Focusing on China’s national security and foreign relations, his research and teaching interests include China’s military procurement, arms proliferation, and military modernization, China-Middle East and China-Israel relations, as well as Asian powers’ involvement in the Middle East and China’s relations with small and medium developed states. Dr. Evron is the founder and director of the Business in Asia B.A. program and the Asia Markets M.A. program, both of them in the Department of Asian Studies at the University of Haifa. His articles have been published in Journals such as Journal of Strategic Studies, International Relations, Pacific Review, and Asian Survey. His most recent book is China’s Military Procurement in the Reform Era: The Setting of New Directions (Routledge, 2016).