Welcome to the web pages of the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at the University of Potsdam
The Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies is one of ten departments at the faculty of arts at the University of Potsdam. More than 350 students are studying in our bachelor and master degree courses. About 30 colleagues work in the fields of teaching, research and administration at our department.
Teaching and Research Profile
Our department offers a broad variety in teaching and research. Each semester up to 70 courses are offered in our bachelor and master degree courses of Jewish Studies (B.A., M.A., doctorate) and Religious Studies (B.A., doctorate). The combination of teaching and research is our special concern.
The different academic disciplines from the fields Jewish studies, religious studies, philosophy, history, literary and cultural studies bring in their respective perspectives in the research and teaching of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and their history and culture. A close cooperation exists with the School of Jewish Theology at the University of Potsdam.
Affiliated to the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies are the
- Modern History II (German-Jewish History)
at the Department of History at the University of Potsdam (page is in German)
- Slavic Literature and Cultural Studies / Focus on Polish Studies
at the Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Potsdam (page is in German)
- Chair of History of Jewish Music
At the University of Music FRANZ LISZT Weimar
as well as the Senior Lecturer of German-Jewish Literature
The section of Jewish Studies further closely cooperates in teaching and research with the following chairs:
- apl. Professur Jüdische Studien & Philosophie
Junior Professur Interreligiöse Begegnung
Apart from its close cooperation with the departments and faculties of the University of Potsdam, the Department of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies cultivates various international contacts, e.g. with the Universiteit Leiden, the University of Winchester and the Université de Paris-Sorbonne. Further the department is significantly involved at the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg – a cooperation project of the University of Potsdam, the Humboldt University Berlin, the Freie Universität Berlin, the Technische Universität Berlin, the Abraham-Geiger-Kolleg and the Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für Europäisch-Jüdische Studien Potsdam.