Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Workshops 2008

5 December 2008 

Workshop with Sadiq al-Azm (Princeton/Damaskus)

Within the framework of the research sector »Philosophy - History of Ideas -History of Memory«



18 to 19 September 2008

La otra muerte. Perceptions of the Holocaust in Modern Spanish Culture


On September 18 to 19, 2008, the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture will host an international workshop on perceptions of the Holocaust in modern Spanish culture. The conference, organized in cooperation with Susanne Zepp (Dubnow Institute) and Antonio Gómez López Quiñones (Dartmouth College), will bring together scholars from Spain, the U.S., Israel and Germany at the research institute in Leipzig. The presentations on history and literary studies will shed light on the Spanish perspectives on the Holocaust within a process where European memories are moving ever closer together.  





20 June 2008

Ideologie und Ökonomie – Kapitalismusdebatten um Judentum und Moderne


International Workshop within the framework of the research sector »Historiography – Forms of Thought – Collective Constructions« were invited as external scholars:


Jonathan Karp (Binghampton)

The Origins of Capitalism and the Emergence of Jewish Economic Historiography


Hans-Christoph Ließ (Berlin)

Der Methodenstreit in der Nationalökonomie und die Frage nach der Ideologisierung


Sharon Gordon (Jerusalem)

Moses Hess and the Question of the authorian Nature of Money



5 to 6 May 2008

The Jewish Escape from Poland - 1968
Nationalism and Communism within the People's Republic


Forty Years after the Polish anti-Zionist campaign in March 1968, the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University wants to hold an international workshop in order to reconstruct this dramatic event from different perspectives, which resulted in the emigration of almost the entire Polish Jewry. The aim of the workshop is manifold. The March events will be reconsidered as part of the world wide events of 1968 but should at the same time reflected in theirs specific Polish context. A first panel will deal with the situation of Jews in Peoples Poland prior to the March events, especially with the mutual relations between Jews, the state and the Polish Communist Party. A second panel will discuss the very events themselves and should try to examine them in the context of traditional polish anti-Semitism. Against this background the use of anti-Semitism by the polish government in reaction to opposition movements should be evaluated as well as the role of Polish media to heat up the campaign and to refer to classical stereotypes like the Jewish responsibility for the errors of Stalinism in Poland. A third and last panel will analyze the Jewish reaction towards the anti-Semitism of Polish Leadership camouflaged as anti-Zionism in and outside Poland. A special interest here applies to the Yiddish as well as the leftist political context.