Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Winter Semester 2008

Documents of Belonging: Identification Papers and Jewish Experience


Instructors: Dan Diner/Yaron Jean

Time: Thursday, 6-8 pm (every other week)

Place: Simon Dubnow Institute, Goldschmidtstraße 28


I.D. papers are an important element in constructing and constituting the nexus of belonging. Jewish experience in specific particular, from the period of late absolutism down to the collapse of the multinational multiethnic great empires on the European continent and the establishment of ethnically infused nation-states, remains paradigmatic for the validity and operative role of identity papers.  The semiotic worlds of identity papers and mobility documents, especially the passport, encode the constellations and situations of individual and collective existence. These extend from officially imposed naming of an individual by the authorities, to the measures and provisos of control of mobility, the biographical prerequisites for military service, and on to the open or veiled inscribing of emblems of belonging for the individual by the nation-state.


The research colloquium seeks to exemplify the history of identity papers as a visible-concrete and at the same time abstract expression of inclusion and exclusion, principally by looking at Jewish experience in the context of a cultural-anthropological lens of historical interpretation.




Thursday, 4 December 2008

Stephan Gruber (Vienna)


Steckbriefliche Identifizierung im 18. Jahrhundert in der Habsburgermonarchie 


Thursday, 11 December 2008

Michael G. Esch (Düsseldorf)

Papierkarrieren und Alltag - Administrative Zuordnung und soziale Räume jüdischer Einwanderer in Paris 1890-1940


Thursday, 22 January 2009

Andreas Fahrmeir (Frankfurt/Main)

Religion in den »Papieren«:

Pässe und die administrative Konstruktion »des Juden« im 19. Jahrhundert


Thursday, 5 Februar 2009

Eugene Avrutin (Illinois)

The Politics of Invisibility:

Identification Practices, the Imperial Russian State, and the Jews


Thursday, 12 February 2009

Valentin Groebner (Luzern)

Ihre Papiere, bitte!

Die Geschichte des Personalausweises und das Unbehagen an der Identifikation