Call for Papers

Calls for papers for events of the Selma Stern Center and other institutions for Jewish Studies will be announced here. You are welcome to send us relevant information.

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Call for Application

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 (www.zentrum-juedische-studien.de)

We are extending the deadline as there are a few places still available. The new deadline for applications is April 11, 2018.

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.

Please find the full call here. /+application form

Further information is also available on www.lbsu.de

Participants will receive grants to help cover the cost of travel and accommodations.

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Call for Application

JASS – Jewish Activism Summer School

Social Engagement in Theory and Practice
The 3-week Jewish Activism Summer School (JASS) immerses participants in the world of activism through a diverse sequence of mini- courses and seminars, visits to local community and social action organizations. Participants will study traditional Jewish textual sources, philosophies and the history of Jewish and general activism; learn effective skills and strategies for social activism; share personal motivations for and experience in social activism; develop self- knowledge, strengthen their identity and join a growing network of like- minded peers.

Please find more information here.

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Call for Papers for the Conference on

Interpreting Rituals: Historiographical Perspectives and Pluralistic Contexts

Leiden University, October 29-31, 2018

We invite participants in this conference to present papers on rituals and their historiography and encourage a focus on Jewish and other rituals in pluralistic contexts. We especially seek to understand how both normative and descriptive methods have reflected upon ritual – including space (virtual/cyber and real), sound and gender – in religious, secular and geographical contexts in cross cultural, comparative and historical perspective. Which rituals were chosen for study and how were they understood; and which rituals were criticized or contested by whom in academic and normative, religious and non-religious contexts. How do studies of rituals of one religion accord with or differ from the study of the rituals of other religions? Has ritual study led to the transformation of rituals? Did and do new understandings of “religion” exert any influence on the notion of rituals or vice versa? What are the repercussions of these new understandings for the study and interpretation of Judaism and Jewish ritual or of Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and their rituals?

Proposals: We invite proposals for papers and panel sessions

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2018

Please find more information here.

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1938 and beyond. New Perspectives (from East and West) on Crucial Years of Persecution, Violence and Ideology

Ort: Berlin
Veranstalter: Freie Universität Berlin, Osteuropa-Institut, Department of History and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Institute for History, Chair of German History of the 20th Century with a focus on National Socialism;
Organizers: Alina Bothe, Gertrud Pickhan, Michael Wildt
Datum: 17.10.2018 – 19.10.2018
Bewerbungsschluss: 06.04.2018

Central questions for the conference
– Which additional relevant events involving preparations for war and persecution can be located in the period of 1938 and beyond?
– What current research findings and reinterpretations exist on the central events of 1938 outlined above?
– How does our understanding of the crucial years change if we take into account the agency of the Eastern and East-Central European states as sovereign states up to the German invasion, that is, if we consistently think “from the East.”

Please send suggestions for contributions, 1–1.5 pages with a short biographical note, by 6 April 2018 to Alina Bothe (alina.bothe@fu-berlin.de).

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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: postdoc@wag-leobaeck.de – Website der WAG: www.wag-leobaeck.de

Den vollständigen Aufruf finden Sie hier.