The research colloquium is held usually on every second Thursday during the semester as part of the course offerings at Leipzig University. Each semester it features a special topic reflecting a key research focus of the Institute. The public lectures are usually delivered by scholars from outside of Leipzig.
Winter Semester 2019/2020
General Problems in Jewish and General History in the Modern Era
Time: Thursday, 5.15–6.45 p.m. (every other week)
Start: 7 November 2019
Venue: Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Goldschmidtstr. 28, Leipzig
Ruptures and New Beginnings: Jews and the Foundation of New States in the Twentieth Century
The emergence of numerous new sovereign states was one of the most important and defining processes of the twentieth century. On the basis of a selection of case studies, this research colloquium focuses on the Jewish aspects and questions related to nation-building and state formation.
A major focus is on the creation of new state formations in Central and Eastern Europe through to the Middle East in the aftermath of World War I. Of special interest is the impact of these processes on Jews and other minorities in the new states emerging from the multi-ethnic empires of the Habsburgs, the Romanovs, and the Ottomans.
Another focus lies on the foundation of states after World War II – as well as the question of the extent to which these reflected the experiences of the interwar period and the Holocaust.
7 November 2019
Dietmar Müller (Leipzig)
Neue Staaten und legal activism –
Anfänge des humanitären Völkerrechts und des internationalen Strafrechts
28 November 2019
Yoram Meital (Be'er Scheva)
Nation-State Formation in Egypt –
Consequences for the Jewish Community
19 December 2019
Annette Weinke (Jena)
What’s Wrong with International Law?
Europäisch-jüdische Emigrantenjuristen und das humanitäre Völkerrecht, 1930–1990
16 January 2020
Malachi Hacohen (Durham, NC)
Imperial Peoples in an Ethno-National Age –
Jews and the Foundation of the First Republic of Austria, 1918–1920
30 January 2020
Jochen Böhler (Jena)
Kampf an allen Fronten –
Polen und Juden im Staatsgründungsprozess, 1918–1921
6 February 2020
Anna Koch (Leeds)
Der Traum vom anderen Deutschland –
Jüdische Antifaschisten und ihre Rückkehr nach 1945