Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Winter Semester 2019

General Problems in Jewish and General History in the Modern Era


Lecturers: Prof. Dr. Jörg Deventer, Dr. Markus Kirchhoff

Research Colloquium

Time: Thursday, 5.15–6.45 p.m. (every other week)

Start: 7 November 2019

Venue: Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Goldschmidtstr. 28, Leipzig


Ruptures and New Beginnings: Jews and the Foundation of New States in the Twentieth Century


The emergence of numerous new sovereign states was one of the most important and defining processes of the twentieth century. On the basis of a selection of case studies, this research colloquium focuses on the Jewish aspects and questions related to nation-building and state formation.

A major focus is on the creation of new state formations in Central and Eastern Europe through to the Middle East in the aftermath of World War I. Of special interest is the impact of these processes on Jews and other minorities in the new states emerging from the multi-ethnic empires of the Habsburgs, the Romanovs, and the Ottomans.

Another focus lies on the foundation of states after World War II – as well as the question of the extent to which these reflected the experiences of the interwar period and the Holocaust.





7 November 2019

Dietmar Müller (Leipzig)

Neue Staaten und legal activism

Anfänge des humanitären Völkerrechts und des internationalen Strafrechts


28 November 2019

Yoram Meital (Be'er Scheva)

Nation-State Formation in Egypt –

Consequences for the Jewish Community


19 December 2019

Annette Weinke (Jena)

What’s Wrong with International Law?

Europäisch-jüdische Emigrantenjuristen und das humanitäre Völkerrecht, 1930–1990


16 January 2020

Malachi Hacohen (Durham, NC)

Imperial Peoples in an Ethno-National Age –

Jews and the Foundation of the First Republic of Austria, 1918–1920


30 January 2020

Jochen Böhler (Jena)

Kampf an allen Fronten –

Polen und Juden im Staatsgründungsprozess, 1918–1921


6 February 2020

Anna Koch (Leeds)

Der Traum vom anderen Deutschland –

Jüdische Antifaschisten und ihre Rückkehr nach 1945