Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Winter Semester 2007

Historical Experience. Jewish Cultures of Knowledge after 1945


Instructors: Dan Diner/Elisabeth Gallas

Time: Thursday, 6:15-7:45 pm (every other week)

Place: Simon Dubnow Institute, Goldschmidtstraße 28


The processes of (re)formation of Jewish knowledge in Europe after 1945 are the focus of the Research Colloquium in the Winter Semester 2007/2008. Reconstructing Jewish cultures of knowledge in Europe in the wake of the virtually total destruction of  Jewish life worlds at the hands of the Nazis constitutes a major challenge to inquiry both  practically and in respect to epistemology. The aporias for historiography and memory springing from the »rupture in civilization« of Auschwitz are particularly clear and pronounced in this connection. The Jewish cultures of memory can be represented by various emerging figures in thought, practices in research and post-war institutions, and can be distinguished in their individual strata or layerings. 




Thursday, 18 October 2007 

Werner Konitzer (Fritz Bauer Institute/Frankfurt am Main)

Morality in the Face of Destruction.

The Frankfurt School and the Dispute with the »Ethics« of the Persecutors  


Thursday, 25 October 2007  

Monika Boll (Jewish Museum/Frankfurt am Main)

»This Side of Utopia« -  Helmuth Plessner in the Early Federal Republic  


Thursday, 8 November 2007  

Katharina Rauschenberger (LBI Teacher In-Service Training/Frankfurt am Main)

Restitution of Jewish ceremonial objects within the work of the Jewish Cultural Reconstruction


Thursday, 6 December 2007

Almut Stoletzki  (University of Hanover)

Europe in America.

On Trans-Atlantic Conceptual Dynamics in Intellectual Exile  


Thursday, 13 December 2007

Ruth Nattermann (German Historical Institute, Rome)

The Institutionalizing of Memory.

On the Formative Conception for and Genesis of the Leo Baeck Institute  


Thursday, 10 January 2008

Reinhard Laube (Literature Archive Marbach)

Reading in Exile: Hannah Arendt’s Library   


Thursday, 24 January 2008

Alfons Kenkmann/Elisabeth Kohlhaas (University of Leipzig)    


The Central Jewish Historical Commission in Poland 1944-48