Fifth Conference for Young Researchers in Jewish Studies

Methods and Disciplines between Germany and Israel

Date and place: July 3-5, 2017, University of Potsdam

Vereinigung für Jüdische Studien e.V.
Dr. Enrico Lucca (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Dr. Michał Szulc (University of Potsdam)

In cooperation with the Chair of Modern History II / German-Jewish History (University of Potsdam) and the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

The Conference for Young Researchers started as a joint project between the Vereinigung für Jüdische Studien and the Verband der Judaisten in Deutschland in 2011 and has been organized alternatively by one of the two organizations. It aims to encourage young researchers working on their doctoral dissertation or on their post-doctoral project to present their research in public. We welcome presentations that address the whole spectrum of scholarly research in Jewish Studies: Religion, History, Philosophy, Literature, Jewish languages, Philology, Art and Cultural Studies.

The conference provided a shared platform in which young researchers discussed their own work with senior scholars in different forms: presentation, workshop and discussion. Participants presented their research projects and got feedback from senior scholars, who responded before opening the floor to discussion. The conference aimed in particular to foster the network between doctoral and post-doctoral students in Jewish Studies between Germany and Israel. The questions that were addressed in and outside the sessions included: What analogies and differences can be traced in scholarly research between different academic contexts? How can they be made useful for future scholarly Investigation?

Here you find the program, as well as the original call for papers.


Monday, July 3th 2017

2.30-4.15 p.m.: Panel 1: Jewish Presence in Literature 

  • Tuvia Singer (Jerusalem): Nationalism, Regionalism and Cosmology. Minorities and Foreigners in German Folk-Narratives in the 19th Century.
  • Rolf Blase (Potsdam): I. L. Peretz´s Mesires nefesh. A Jewish Crafted Tale and its Sources.
  • Judith Müller (Beer Sheva): Erzählsprache und erzählte Sprache. Literarische Räume der Grenzüberschreitung bei Aharon Appelfeld.

4.30-6.15 p.m.: Panel 2: Translation and Exegesis in Jewish Culture(s) 

  • Lena Bindrim (Heidelberg): Ye’ush she-lo mi-da’at. On the translation of biblical and rabbinical expressions at the example of Mendele Moicher Sforims Ba-yeshiva shel ma’ala and Ba-yeshiva shel mata.
  • Martina Mampieri (Roma): History in Translation. Translating a Hebrew Chronicle of Renaissance Italy.
  • Cecilia Haendler Biondi (Berlin): The Hallah Commandment as a Women’s Task.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

9.15-11.00 a.m.: Panel 3: Intellectual History and Cultural Property between Germany and Israel

  •  Amit Levy (Jerusalem): Science, Politics and the Question of Utility. German-Jewish Orientalistik in Palestine/Israel.
  • Anna Kawałko (Jerusalem): New Research Perspectives on the Restitution of Nazi-looted Jewish Cultural Property: Gershom Scholem in Prague
  • Vera Kallenberg (Berlin): „Origins of Totalitarianism (1951) / Elemente und Ursprünge totaler Herrschaft (1955)“ – ein Werkstattbericht aus der HKA der Werke Hannah Arendts.

11.15 a.m.-1.00 p.m.: Panel 4: East and West in German-Jewish History

  •  Vladyslava Moskalets (Kraków): Participation of the Jews in Galician Oil Industry in the Second Half of 19th Century.
  • Nancy Walter (Dresden): Pelzhandel und osteuropäisch-jüdisches Leben um den Leipziger Brühl 1900-1938.
  • Rebekka Denz (Berlin): Migration jenseits der Metropole. Osteuropäisch-jüdische Einwanderung in das Braunschweiger Land.

2.20-4.40 p.m.: Panel 5: New Perspectives on German-Jewish Thought

  •  Yemima Hadad (Potsdam): Ancient Politeia. Buber’s Biblical Politeia vs. Plato’s Greek Politeia.
  • Sebastian Kunze (Erfurt): Gustav Landauer als jüdischer Intellektueller.
  • Gilad Shenhav (Frankfurt a.M.): Visualizing a Zionist Abyss in German. Gershom Scholem and the Messianic Threat.
  • Ansgar Martins (Frankfurt a.M.): Jüdische Motive in der Philosophie Siegfried Kracauers.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

10.30 a.m.-12.15 p.m.: Panel 6: Cultural Transfers between Eastern Europe and the USA

  • Benjamin Hunyadi (Jerusalem): Ben Hur, Some Mistakes of Moses and the anarchist „Pure Prayer“. Yiddish Anti-Religious Literature in the United States and England 1890−1910.
  • Yael Levi (Jerusalem): Yiddish and Hebrew in Transition from Eastern Europe to the United States during the Second Half of the Nineteenth Century.
  • Suzanne Korbel (Graz): Similarities. Jews and Popular Cultural Translations between Budapest, Vienna and New York circa 1900.