Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Sommersemester 2015

Fault Lines. German-Israeli Scientific Relations since 1959


Instructors: Prof. Dr. Jörg Deventer/Dr. Magnus Klaue

Time: Thursday, 5:15–6:45 pm (every other week)

Place: Simon Dubnow Institute, Goldschmidtstr. 28


In the Summer Semester 2015, the Research Colloquium of the Simon Dubnow Institute will explore the German-Israeli history of knowledge. The primary focus will be on the contradictions and non-simultaneities marking this cooperation since its inception. While in the Federal Republic, the invitation extended to a delegation of the Max Planck Society by the Weizmann Institute in 1959 provided the stimulus for scientific/scholarly exchange between the two states, the German Democratic Republic did seek to reintegrate Jewish scientists, but in its foreign policy the GDR pursued an openly anti-Zionist policy, from 1967 on if not earlier, and that was not revoked until the 1980s.

A further fault line in German-Israeli scientific relations runs along the fracture line between the natural sciences and the humanities. The Minerva Agreement of 1964 proved path-breaking for cooperative endeavors in the area of the natural sciences and technological disciplines. By contrast, exchange in the sphere of the humanities between Israel and the FRG did not begin until the 1970s. This fact clashes with the traditions of German-Jewish intellectual life extending back into a time long before the establishment of Israel and the Federal Republic. Those traditions are present up to today in the history of experience of Israeli and German scientists and scholars, at times in contradiction-ridden ways. To what extent connections were forged with these traditions after 1959 and how the rupture in civilization of the Holocaust is reflected in those traditions is revealed by disciplines like German-Jewish literary history and other fields, which explore that rupture as a thematic focus.




Thursday, 16 April 2015

Martin Treml (Berlin)

Eine Anti-Festschrift für Gershom Scholem.
Jacob Taubes und Jerusalem


Thursday, 30 April 2015

Irene Aue-Ben-David (Jerusalem)

Transformationen eines Fachs.
Deutsche Literaturwissenschaft in Israel


Thursday, 7 May 2015

Dan Michman (Jerusalem)

Changing Interaction.
Israeli and German Research on the Shoah: 1948 to the Present


Thursday, 25 June 2015

Joachim Trezib (Braunschweig)

Annäherung über die Academia.
Technologietransfer und Entwicklungspolitik


Thursday, 2 July 2015

Jenny Hestermann (Frankfurt)
Vor der Diplomatie.
Wissenschaftsbeziehungen und zwischenstaatliche Annäherung