Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Research Colloquium

The research colloquium is held usually on every second Thursday during the semester as part of the course offerings at Leipzig University. Each semester it features a special topic reflecting a key research focus of the Institute. The public lectures are usually delivered by scholars from outside of Leipzig.

Winter Semester 2020/2021

General Problems in Jewish and General History in the Modern Era


Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Jörg Deventer, Dr. Angelique Leszczawski-Schwerk

Research Colloquium

Time: Thursday, 5.15–6.15 p.m. (every other week)

Start: 12 November 2020

Venue: Due to the corona pandemic, the lecture series is taking place digitally.


»Let My People Go!« Jewish Emigration from Eastern Europe since the 1960s


This lecture series takes the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Dubnow Institute as an opportunity to examine Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe between the 1960s and 1990s in order to highlight the effects and repercussions these waves of migration exerted on Jewish studies, especially in the United States, Israel, and Federal Republic of Germany.


The focus of these broadly contextualizing lectures is on migration processes from an interdisciplinary perspective. Of central interest here is the experience of migration as well as the different disciplinary specializations of the scholars (political science, sociology, history, material culture, literature) in question. The aim of the lecture series is to discern the relationship between knowledge and migration in the respective countries.






12 November 2020

Mischa Gabowitsch (Potsdam)

Loyalität, Widerspruch, Auswanderung:

Pogromgerüchte, Aktivismus und jüdische Emigration aus der UdSSR während der Perestroika


26 November 2020

Irena Kogan (Mannheim)

Integration of Jewish Immigrants from the Former Soviet Union:

Lessons for the Recent Refugees


10 December 2020

Rebecca Kobrin (New York)

The Long Silent Revolution:

Narrating Russian and Soviet Jewish Migration across the Long Twentieth Century


7 January 2021

Sergey Lagodinsky (Berlin/Brussels)

Vom Objekt zum Subjekt:

Neueste jüdische Geschichte und Gegenwart im wiedervereinigten Deutschland


21 January 2021

Vladimir Levin (Jerusalem)

A Scholar as Scholarly Subject:

Contemporary Historiography on East European Jews and their Material Culture seen in a Personal Perspective of Physical and Intellectual Migration


4 February 2021

Natasha Gordinsky (Haifa)

Rethinking Soviet Spaces:

A New Paradigm in Comparative Literature




Due to the corona pandemic, the lecture series is taking place digitally. Please register at least one day in advance to receive a link to the digital lecture room.


Please send an email to antwort(at) with the title of the event »Let My People Go!«, your name, institution (if applicable) and the email address to which we should send the link.