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Leo Baeck Summer University (LBSU) 2018

Summer School “Jewish Studies and Gender Research” July 16-28, 2018, Berlin

Organized by
Selma Stern Zentrum für Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg (

The Leo Baeck Summer University 2018 on “Jewish Studies and Gender Research” intends to lay the foundation for an international network of doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers in the interdisciplinary field of Jewish studies.
The two-week summer school will focus on the application of theoretical approaches and research results in the field of gender research, within the genre of Jewish studies. In so doing we reject limitations to a single discipline, instead firmly embracing the inter- and transdisciplinary dialogue that will foment a multidimensional synergy between gender studies and Jewish studies, fields that themselves are conceptualized as interdisciplinary.

In addition to intensive workshops on basic theories of gender research and the potential application of gender-oriented theory formation in Jewish studies, there will be a special focus on presentation and discussion of research projects by participating students. Three thematic priorities will shape the program

  • Cultural and religious gender images and rituals in Judaism
  • Gender-related coding of knowledge in Jewish intellectual traditions
  • Gender-related dimensions of anti-Semitic stereotyping

Guest lecturers will address these topics and dissect them further in one-day workshops. The summer school will be conducted in English.

Further information is available on

Application requirements:

The program is open to doctoral students, postdocs, and in exceptional cases master’s students shortly before completion of degree
Completion of a project in the field of Jewish studies that focuses on gender as an analysis category

Application documents:
– Completed application form
– Copy of passport/ identity card
– Brief description of project proposal (max. 2 pages) – provide a maximum of ten book titles in your bibliography
– Academic resume (maximum 2 pages, including publications list)
– Name and contact information for the university instructor whom you have asked to provide a letter of recommendation (that person should send the letter as a PDF to by March 1, 2018)

Please send your application documents as a PDF file to by March 1, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Participation fee:

300.00 euros

Participants may register for reasonably priced lodging (25 euros per night for a single bedroom with private bath, shared kitchen and laundry facility).

LBSU has applied for travel and accommodations subsidies for all participants (maximum 20 persons). If the application is successful, participants will receive grants to help cover the cost of travel and accommodations.


Application deadline: March 1, 2018
Decisions will be announced by April 15, 2018 Submission of a discussion paper: June 15, 2018 Summer school dates: July 16-28, 2018


Ernst Akiba Simon (1899-1988): Life, Work and Controversies between Germany and Israel

International Conference of the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem

Berlin 20th – 22nd August 2018

Since the early 1920s Ernst Simon has played a multifaceted role in the discourses of German- speaking Judaism. This includes his authorship of countless newspaper articles and essays such as those that appeared in the Jüdische Rundschau, Ha‘aretz, the Jüdisches Wochenblatt and the Berliner Tageblatt; his work as an editor of German and Hebrew language magazines such as Martin Buber’s “Der Jude”, and his role as a public speaker; it encompasses his activity as a teacher at the Lehrhaus in Frankfurt and in Jerusalem‘s Beit HaKerem, as well as his historical-philosophical research on Ranke and Hegel and his work as professor of the history of pedagogy at the Hebrew University. Influenced by his friendship with Nehemia Nobel and Franz Rosenzweig, he regarded his religious stance as a form of intellectual honesty. It became the guidepost for his political action in the Zionist youth movement, Brit Shalom, the Jewish Center for Adult Education, as well as in the early religious peace movement in Israel in the 1950s. Martin Buber once called him a “bridge-builder”.  (…)

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Entangled Others – Other Entanglements:

Critical Perspectives on the Relationship of Racism and Antisemitism

International Conference, Berlin, June 24-26, 2019

Organized by the Center for Research on Antisemitism, Technische Universität Berlin, in cooperation with the International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism (ICRAR) and the Martin Buber Chair for Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main

Convenors: Anna Danilina, Felix Axster, Stefan Vogt / Deadline: February 4, 2018.

Critical inquiry into the relationship of racism and antisemitism is more urgent than ever. Due to the global resurgence of authoritarian movements and governments, the proliferation and acceptance of racist and anti-Semitic views is dramatically increasing. At the same time, the missing connection between the struggles against racism and against antisemitism has been all too often a serious political handicap. Despite all this, the conceptual and historical relationship of racism and antisemitism remains both strongly contested and unclear. Historical research often presupposes a specific understanding of this relationship but hardly ever inquires into it or even acknowledges it. For example, although this relationship is central to the controversy about possible continuities from (German) colonialism to National Socialism and the Holocaust, the ways racism and antisemitism actually interrelate in the context of either Nazism or German colonialism have hardly been addressed. There is, therefore, a strong need to confront the relationship of racism and antisemitism on a theoretical, historical and political level.

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Jewish Architects – Jewish Architecture?

4th International Congress on Jewish Architecture

Hamburg, Warburg‐Haus and Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden
November 6 – 8, 2018
A joint project of the Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden, Hamburg, and the Bet Tfila – Research Unit for Jewish Architecture, Braunschweig/Jerusalem

The international congress “Jewish Architects – Jewish Architecture?” aims to re‐examine the biographies of Jewish architects from the 19th century up to the present day from an international perspective. It will deal with the question whether and to which degree Jewish self‐definition and the perception of “Jewishness” by a non‐Jewish environment has influenced and still influences the life and works of Jewish architects all over the world.

Deadline: January, 29th, 2018

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Rethinking Jewish and Non-Jewish Relations: Transdisciplinary Conference for Early Career Researchers in Jewish Studies

Organizers: Susanne Korbel, Anna Lidor-Osprian, Lukas Nievoll, Thomas Stoppacher
Date: May 7–9, 2018
Place: Graz

In the last decades, Jewish Studies have been subject to fundamental changes. The various subjects in Jewish Studies have drawn from developments in individual disciplines such as transnational history, comparative literature, social sciences, etc., but also from transdisciplinary developments such as the various “turns,” specifically linguistic and cultural turns. Entangled histories and interpretations, the perception and conception of spaces and the construction of identity, to name just a few, have shaped the way we look at Jewish and non-Jewish relations today.
Not being limited to a specific period or discipline, this conference for early career researchers seeks to present and reflect on new approaches in the transdisciplinary field of Jewish Studies. The conference aims at bringing together advanced masters students, PhD candidates, early post-docs, as well as established scholars in productive discussions on their current research projects.
Potential participants are encouraged to send in a proposal for a (research) paper that engages with new approaches in Jewish Studies. The abstract should not exceed 300 words and be submitted alongside a brief biography (including professional affiliation, if there is any, and contact details) in a single PDF file to by January 20, 2018.

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Einladung zum Postdoc-Netzwerk der Wissenschaftlichen Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts (WAG)

Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur erfahren eine breite Aufmerksamkeit in Wissenschaft und Öffentlichkeit. Insbesondere für das 19. und 20. Jahrhundert liegen inzwischen zahlreiche Forschungsarbeiten vor, die nicht nur unser Verständnis der Geschichte des deutschsprachigen Judentums erweitert haben, sondern ebenso Erkenntnisse zu übergreifenden historischen Fragen befoördern – zum Verhältnis von Politik und Religion, Nation und Kultur, zu gesellschaftlicher Vielfalt und Ausgrenzungsprozessen.

Auf organisatorischer Ebene bauen wir derzeit zunächst eine Mailingliste auf, über die Ankündigungen, Diskussionen und Planungen kommuniziert werden können. In einem weiteren Schritt sollen andere Kommunikations- und Präsentationsformen (z.B. ein Blog und eine Kooperationsplattform) entwickelt werden. In diesem Sinne laden wir Interessierte herzlich zur Teilnahme am WAG-Postdoc-Netzwerk ein! Wir freuen uns auf Rückmeldungen mit kurzen Angaben zu den Forschungsinteressen und zum biografisch-fachlichen Hintergrund und sind gespannt auf die Zusammenarbeit.

Mit kollegialen Grüßen, die Initiator/innen: Kerstin von der Krone, Mathias Berek, Manja Hermann, David Jünger, Markus Krah, Mirjam Thulin

Kontakt: – Website der WAG:

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