Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Summer Schools

The Summer Schools at the Dubnow Institute have been designed as a forum for scholarly exchange, promoting dialogue between recognized experts in the field and younger historians and scholars in cultural studies. They are geared to interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary research and serve to encourage international networking among doctoral candidates at a relatively early juncture. A useful aspect of these encounters is the discussion with younger scholars in the field regarding the possibilities and limits of an integrative and pan-European approach to Jewish history which the Institute stresses.
These gatherings, devoted to a specific topic and extending over several days, provide the participants ample time and opportunity for presenting their research projects, embedding them in a methodological matrix and a broader context by means of lectures and seminars. A welcome break from this intensive intellectual exchange is provided by an organized program of group excursions and a spectrum of leisure-time activities.

Upcoming – Call for Applications


Summer School in the Study of Ashkenazic Pinkassim

Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island), 19 July to 22 July 2016


The »Pinkassim Project: Recovering the Records of European Jewry«, in conjunction with the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University and the Program in Judaic Studies at Brown University invite applications for a summer school of intensive workshops in the study of early modern Ashkenazic pinkassim (communal record books).


The goal of the Pinkassim Project is to digitize and make available the communal records of the Ashkenazic communities of Europe. As part of our work, we want to help train a new generation of scholars with the skills to read these rich and multifaceted sources.


The summer school will last for four days, during which participants will learn about the historical, textual, and linguistic context of the pinkassim. Workshop sessions will be conducted by Professor Israel Bartal (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), Professor Jay R. Berkovitz (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Professor Elisheva Carlebach (Columbia University, New York), and Professor Adam Teller (Brown University, Providence). The main aim of the school is to provide scholars and students with the knowledge they need in order to read and analyze Ashkenazic pinkassim. We will devote a great deal of the time to reading these sources in their original language.


Graduate students and early career academics who have a reading knowledge of Hebrew are invited to apply. Knowledge of Yiddish and/or another European language is an advantage. The application should include a CV, a short letter of intent explaining why this knowledge is important for the student's academic plans, and two recommendations to be sent directly by the referees.


The summer school will take place at Brown University in Providence, R. I. (USA), form 19 July to 22 July 2016. Food and board will be provided. Subventions to help cover travel expenses may be available to those whose home institutions do not provide such support.


All material should be sent to Sabrina Walter, email: pinkassim(at); applications shoud be received by 29 February 2016 (12 pm EST). Successful applicants will be informed of the decision by the end of March 2016.


More information on the Pinkassim Project.