Academy Project »European Traditions – Encyclopaedia of Jewish Cultures«
The Academy Project »European Traditions – Encyclopedia of Jewish Cultures« is a Research Project of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig and cooperation partner of the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow.
Professor Dr. Dr. h. c. Dan Diner
Research Unit Head
Dr. Markus Kirchhoff
Academy Project »Encyclopaedia of Jewish Cultures«
Tel.: +49 341 21735-700
Theme and structure of the Project
The aim of the Academy Project »European Traditions – Encyclopedia of Jewish Cultures« is to contribute to an understanding of modern Jewish history and culture in Europe. The project focuses on the promises and challenges as well as the cataclysms of political modernity, which particularly affected Jews in and after the emancipation era, from the middle of the 18th to the middle of the 20th century. The project work is devoted to the formulation of appropriate terms, the presentation of knowledge in encyclopaedic form and the collection of sources on specific thematic complexes.
The publication formats correlate with the modular structure of the Project:
- a comprehensive encyclopedia, the Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, also published in English as Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture;
- Editions of selected sources and writings published in the Library and Archive of Jewish History and Culture series.
The Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture presents a comprehensive overall picture in about 800 keywords. More than 500 authors from Germany and abroad have been won to contribute to the work. With the temporal focus of the span from about 1750 to 1950, the encyclopedia explores the diasporic Jewish life worlds as well as the transformation from sacred to profane Jewish forms of existence. The spatial framework is formed by Europe and the settlement areas of the Jews in the Near East and North Africa; America and other non-European areas are included in particular through migration. The German version of the work was published in seven volumes by the publishing house Metzler (Stuttgart/Weimar). Since 2017 the English translation is published by Brill (Leiden/Boston). The encyclopedia is also available online in both German and English.
The editions deal with topics of the experience of the Jews from early modern period to modernity, especially as reflected in the history of law, diplomacy, politics and knowledge. The volumes are published in German or English in the series Library and Archive of Jewish History and Culture. The Library primarily presents personal contributions, including unpublished or rare writings, papers and letters. The Archive collects and edits material on topics, occasions or events of specific interest. The editions are published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (Göttingen/Bristol Con.); from 2020 they will also be available online/open access.
1. Encylopedia German/English (EJGK/EJHC)
Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur (EJGK), hg. im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig von Dan Diner,
- Band 1 (A–Cl), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2011;
- Band 2 (Co–Ha), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2012;
- Band 3 (He–Lu), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2012;
- Band 4 (Ly–Po), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2013;
- Band 5 (Pr–Sy), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2014;
- Band 6 (Te–Z), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2015;
- Band 7 (Register), Stuttgart/Weimar 2017.
Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture, ed. by Dan Diner on behalf of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig,
- vol. 1 (A-Cl), Leiden/Boston 2017;
- vol. 2 (Co–F), Leiden/Boston 2019.
- Jüdische Gemeindestatuten aus dem aschkenasischen Kulturraum 1650–1850, hg. von Stefan Litt, Göttingen 2014 (Archiv jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 1).
- Simon Dubnow: Geschichte eines jüdischen Soldaten. Bekenntnis eines von vielen, a. d. Russ. übers. von Vera Bischitzky und hg. von Vera Bischitzky und Stefan Schreiner, Göttingen 2012 (Bibliothek jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 1).
- The Assassination of Symon Petliura and the Trial of Scholem Schwarzbard 1926–1927. A Selection of Documents, hg. von David Engel, Göttingen 2016 (Archiv jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 2).
- Jewish Refugees in Shanghai 1933–1947. A Selection of Documents, hg. von Irene Eber, Göttingen 2018 (Archiv jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd.3).
Further detailed information can be found at the website of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig.