Orientation meetings for freshers will take place as follows:
Religious Studies | October 20, 1 pm | Am Neuen Palais, building 9, room 1.12
Jewish Studies | October 21 2020, 10 am| Am Neues Palais, building 9, room 1.12
Additional information can be found here:
Information on enrollment in our programs can be found here:
Prof. Schulte in talk with Jüdische Allgemeine on the German Jewish philosopher Moses Mendelssohn.
Professor Christoph Schulte on Jewish Study's historical and contemporary positions and contextualisations in times of racism and antisemitism; from Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, July 1 2020 (in German).
Dr. Dorothea M. Salzer's habilitation lecture will be held on Monday, 20 July 2020 at 4pm in building 11, room 0.09 at Campus Neues Palais in Potsdam. Topic:
Leshon ha-Kodesh. Entstehung und Entwicklung des Hebräischen als heiliger Sprache des Judentums in der Antike.
Please register in advance and observe the guidelines due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. You will find detailed information in the Invitation Letter (in German).
The Judaica Portal Berlin-Brandenburg which was launched in 2017, is growing beyond its regional borders. With the new release, the holdings of the Institute for the History of German Jews, the Library of Jewish Scepticism - Library of the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies at the University of Hamburg, the Library of the Jewish Community Hamburg and the Judaica holdings of the State and University Library (SUB) Hamburg are listed together in the portal. They can also be accessed directly via facets in the portal interface.
When it was launched in 2017, the specialist holdings of 11 Berlin and Brandenburg libraries as well as the article index for Jewish Studies, RAMBI, of the National Library of Israel, became searchable in the portal . Another novelty was the integration of a virtual Hebrew keyboard with the possibility to switch the direction of writing, which enables searching in the original script.
The portal has been continuously expanded since then. In 2018, the Digital Judaica Collection of the University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg in Frankfurt am Main was integrated, opening access to almost 50,000 digital copies. Since 2019, the Judaica holdings of the German Archaeological Institute, the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf and the Joseph Wulf Mediothek (Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz) can also be searched via the portal.
The success of the portal is primarily due to the close cooperation between the Fachverbund Judaica (Berlin-Brandenburg), the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and the Cooperative Library Network Berlin-Brandenburg (KOBV). The Discovery Service ALBERT - Library Search Engine which was developed by the KOBV, meets the sometimes very specific requirements of Judaica subject collections, such as transliterated title information as well as the readability of original scripts and right-reading fonts. The technical solutions provided by the KOBV were also used for the fundamental advancement of the ALBERT system. The Judaica Portal is the first ALBERT instance to deduplicate data sets from heterogeneous sources and to use additional mechanisms for data preprocessing - parallel to the KOBV portal. Other specialized collections with particular requirements in terms of fonts and reading direction will also benefit from this further development.
By adding the Hamburg Judaica holdings, the portal is crossing its previous regional boundaries of listed library holdings. Apart from facilitating access in general, it gives scientists and all interested parties the possibility to gain insight into the Judaica holdings of the scientific landscape of Berlin-Brandenburg and Hamburg. The participation of further libraries with Judaica collections from German-speaking countries is planned and desired.
Text: Dr. Andreas Kennecke & Dr. Monika Schärtl
Translation: Bastian Wiesemann
Hard times ahead: the University administration are planning to increase the teaching workload for lecturers and readers on permanent posts by more than 100% from (now) 8 to (then) 18 teaching hours per week (THW). This is not only a massive imposition for the colleagues in question but will also affect your studies at our institute. For the projected increase would violate the minimal standards of academic teaching and is prone to reduce our – and your – study programmes to some ‘light versions’ of their former selves.
University teaching at an adequate level of state-of-the-art conceptual quality requires intense research in the planning phase and extensive preparation and continuous reflection and evaluation during the teaching period. It is not for nothing that most of Germany’s federal states (incl. Berlin, Saxony and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern) restrict the teaching load for readers and lecturers to 8-10 THW, with 12 THW as the maximum in exceptional cases. Similarly, in their manual for university teachers the University of Vienna stipulates for every 90 minutes of seminar teaching load 4,5 hours of preparation and follow-up processing.
A teaching load of 18 THW would allow only for starkly schematic, didactically streamlined and thematically/conceptually superficial courses and for a high rerun frequency of the same seminars all over again, in effect leading to a set course curriculum that would disenable choice and specialization. Nor would such a teaching load leave adequate room for the individual supervision of seminar assignments or term papers, let alone BA or MA theses.
Should the administration plans fully materialize, due to that excessive number of teaching hours, colleagues would be forced to offer low-standard courses of poor or no academic stature whatsoever. Our institute would then cease to be an academic teaching institution at university level.
The Faculty Council of the UP’s Faculty of Arts has unanimously voted to defy the administration’s imposition and to refuse to advertise teaching posts with a workload of 18 THW. Moreover, in an open letter addressed to the government of the federal state of Brandenburg and to the university administration, the Faculty of Arts protests against the impending de-academisation of this university.
The Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies
Here you find the link to the petition „Bildung ist keine Massenware“ (Education is no mass merchandise)
Open Letter to the President of Potsdam University and the Ministry of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs of the Federal State of Brandenburg (MWFK)