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Jewish Studies: Conferences & Events

Chanukka Celebration of Jewish Studies, Jewish Theology and Religious Studies

December 19th 2017 starting 5 p.m. at Nil StudentInnenkeller (Haus 11, Campus Neues Palais)

The departmental Student Committees of Jewish Studies, Jewish Theology and Religious Studies warmly invite you to our Chanukka Celebration.

To get started, we want to show you some selected short movies on the holiday. At 6 p.m. we will light the Chanukkiot and start the festive part of the evening. Tasty food and drinks will be provided. Following this, the Student Committees invite you to a Chanukka Aftershow Party - L’chaim and Chag Sameach!

2nd Polish-German Conference for Young Scholars in Jewish History, Religion and Culture

November 2017

The second Polish-German conference for young researchers took place from November 8th to 12th in Cracow. It was organized by the School of Jewish Theology (University of Potsdam) together with our Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and the Jagiellonian University in Cracow.

Photo: Florian Kalotay
Prof. Alfred Bodenheimer

Semester Opening with the Fourth Case of Rabbi Klein

November 2017

On Tuesday, the 7th of November 2017, the common opening of the winter semester by the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and the School of Jewish Studies took place. Special guest was Prof. Alfred Bodenheimer (Basle), who gave a reading from his new crime novel "Ihr sollt den Fremden lieben. Rabbi Kleins vierter Fall". Afterwards all guests and students were invited for drinks.

Photo: Florian Kalotay
Prof. Alfred Bodenheimer

Fifth Annual Conference of the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (ZJS)

November 2017

"Jews and their Neighbors - "Wissenschaft des Judentums" in the Context of Diaspora and Migration" was the topic of the fifth annual conference of the ZJS, which took place from November 5th to 7th 2017 in Frankfurt (Oder).

The conveners of the conference were Prof. Kerstin Schoor and Prof. Annette Werberger from the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder) and Werner Treß from the Moses Mendelssohn Center for Jewish Studies in Potsdam.

The conference program can be found here (in German).

 

 

Photo: Drost/UP

Exhibition on Nazi Looted Books in the Collections of the University Library

June - October 2017

Since 2014, more than 5.000 books from the Judaica Collections of the University Library Potsdam (UB) are examined, which are suspected to be Nazi loot. The exhibition showed a selection of those books and gave a cursory insight into the complexity of this field of research.

The exhibition was shown from June 23th until October 28th 2017 in the foyer of the IKMZ Golm.

Photo: Drost/UP

Fifth Conference for Young Researchers in Jewish Studies

July 2017

The conference with the topic "Methods and Disciplines between Germany and Israel" took place from July 3th to 5th 2017 at the University of Potsdam. 

Further information can be found here and in the flyer.

Photo: A. Schueler

Ascher vs. Luther. Jewish Enlightenment, Luther and Early German Nationalisms

May 2017

The Enlightenment philosopher and Kantian Saul Ascher (1767-1822) was the first political publicist of Jewish modernity and one of the most hated Jews of his time. As enlightened universalist, Ascher opposed Fichte, Arndt and other protagonists of the early German nationalism and declared their anti-Jewish definition of the German to be a "Germanomanie" (1815).

The workshop, which took place on May 8th 2017, 200 years after the Wartburg festival and 500 years after the reformation, was dedicated to the role of Luther in the Haskalah, to the early nationalistic utilization of Luther and the reformation for the birth of the German nation and to it's Jewish reactions. More information can be found here (in German).

Photo: A. Schueler
Photo: Rolf Blase

With "Activism" into the Summer Semester 2017

April 2017

On Wednesday, the 26th of April 2017, the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and the School of Jewish Theology celebrated the beginning of the summer semester 2017 together. The event was opened by a lecture of Prof. Jonathan Schorsch (Jewish religious and intellectual history) on „Messianism and Activism, Messianism as Activism.“ At the end of the lecture, the Jewish Activism Summer School (JASS), which took place from 31th of July until 20th of August was presented. More information concerning the JASS can be found here.

Afterwards everybody was invited for a reception, which was organized by the departmental Student committee of the School of Jewish Theology. The buffet was provided by Foodsharing Potsdam.

Photo: Rolf Blase
Photo: R. Blase

Miracle of Light Celebration 2016

December 2016

In 2016, the first day Chanukka fell on the Christmas Eve. For both feasts the symbol of light plays an important role. In order to get attuned to the festive season a Miracle of Light Celebration of Jewish Studies, Religious Studies and Jewish Theology took place on Tuesday, December 13th 2016, which was organized by the departmental Student Committees. 

As an introduction to the complex relationship of Chanukka and Christmas, the movie "The Hebrew Hammer" was shown. Afterwards there was a small program, which included a Chanukka movie made by students, the reading of texts and singing of Christmas and Chanukka songs. A substantial buffet provided sustenance for the convivial evening.

Photo: R. Blase

The Redemption of Language - Rereadings of Nelly Sachs

December 2016

On December 9th/10th 2016 a conference took place in Berlin on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Prize in Literature, as well as the 125th birthday of Nelly Sachs.

The conference was organized by the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum in Potsdam and the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Potsdam.

Further information, as well as the conference program can be found here (in German).

Fourth Annual Conference of the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (ZJS)

October - November 2016

"Sephardim and Ashkenazim – Jewish-Jewish Encounters in History and Literature" was the topic of the fourth annual conference of the ZJS, which took place from October 31th to November 2nd 2016 in Berlin.

Conveners of the conference were Prof. Sina Rauschenbach (University of Potsdam) and Prof. Kerstin Schoor (European University Viadrina Frankfurt/Oder)

Further information can be found here.

German-Polish Conference for Master Degree Students

October 2016

From October 26th to 28th 2016 the first conference for young Polish and German academics in the fields of Jewish Studies and Jewish Theology took place at Potsdam University. Participants came from the University of Potsdam, from the Jagiellonian University Cracow and from the University of Wroclaw and discussed their Master theses, which included the fields of Jewish history, culture and religion.

The conference was organized by the School of Jewish Theology, the Department of Slavic Studies and the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies of Potsdam University, in cooperation with the Instytut Judaistyki of the Jagiellonian University Cracow and the Zakład Studiów Żydowskich of Wroclaw University.

Premiere: Persecuted and Burned - Mexico's Clandestine Jews

October / November 2015

A cycle of songs by the Argentinian-Spanish composer Osias Wilenski with a reading from original texts by Luis de Carvajals (el Mozo), who was convicted and burned at the stake by the Inquisition together with his family in 1596. 
The event is based on the idea and arrangement of Prof. Sina Rauschenbach (Potsdam) und Prof. Héctor Pérez Brignoli (San José, Costa Rica) and founded by a cooperation between the University of Potsdam and the Constance Cluster of Excellence „Kulturelle Grundlagen von Integration“ (Cultural Foundations of Integration).

 More information can be found here (in German).

Source: Laura Arnold Liebman

Conference "Colonial History – Sephardic Perspectives (16-19th Centuries)“

October 2015

In the context the new focus of Jewish Studies in Potsdam on the history of Sephardic Judaism, an international conference was held between October 27th to 29th 2015, that inquired after the role of Sephardic Judaism within the European expansion between the 16th and 19th century.

The conference was organized by Prof. Sina Rauschenbach, the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (ZJS).

More Information on this conference can be found here.

Source: Laura Arnold Liebman
Image: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz

Conference on Henriette Herz (1764-1847) - New Perspectives on Life and Work

June 2015

In resonance of her 250th birthday, this interdisciplinary conference opens new and nuanced perspectives on life and work of Henriette Herz.

The conference was organized by the Department of German Studies (Ulrike Wels, PhD), the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies (Ulrike Schneider, PhD) and the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Hannah Lotte Lund, PhD) in cooperation with the Moses Mendelssohn Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Jewish Studies Berlin Brandenburg. More information on the conference can be found here (in German).

Image: Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, Preußischer Kulturbesitz
Photo: MChB

Jewish Mathematicians  – Exhibition at Potsdam University

April 2015

From April 16th to 29th 2015 the traveling exhibition "Jewish Mathematicians in the German-Speaking Academic Culture" was shown at Campus Neues Palais. It was invited to Potsdam by the Department of Mathematics and the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies. The exhibition showed the important role of Jewish mathematicians in the German-speaking academia from the 19th century until World War II. The exhibition was prolonged and was shown until September 2015 in the IKMZ on Campus Golm.

Photo: MChB
Photo: M. Behrendt

Jewish Studies for the 21th Century

October 2014

In the winter semester 2014/2015 we celebrated 20 years of Jewish studies in Potsdam. On the occasion of this anniversary we organized the workshop "Jewish Studies for the 21th Century", in which we looked both back on the past and forward into the future.

Short presentations were (among others) given by Dmitrij Belkin (ELES), Cathy Gelbin (University of Manchester), Cilly Kugelmann (program director of the Jewish Museum Berlin), François Guesnet (University College London), Vivian Liska (Universiteit Antwerpen), Eva Lezzi (ELES) and Inka Bertz (Jewish Museum Berlin). More information can be found here (in German).

Photo: M. Behrendt