Simon Dubnow Institute
for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

Workshops 2015

7 December 2015

Tangled Heritage
Jewish Publishing Cultures in the Interwar Period


The Workshop »Tangled Heritage« is organized by the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem together with the Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig, and the German National Library, funded by the Goethe Institute within the framework of the 50th anniversary of German-Jewish diplomatic relations. The aim of the workshop is to bring together researchers in literary, cultural, and book history to discuss the various aspects of the Jewish book and knowledge production in the interwar period. Librarians and scholars from Israel and Germany will discuss the current state of research in this field and seek to develop future forms of cooperation. The event will be held in English and German. Free entry.


Place: National Library of Israel, Jerusalem, Givat Ram  


Participants: Lina Barouch (I-CORE Center Da'at Hamakom/Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, Jerusalem/Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach), Nathan Cohen (Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan), Richard I. Cohen (I-CORE Center Da'at Hamakom/The Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Arndt Engelhardt (Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, Jerusalem/Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig), Stephanie Jacobs (German Museum of Books and Writing of the German National Library, Leipzig), Caroline Jessen (Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach), Andreas Kilcher (ETH Zürich), Stefan Litt (National Library of Israel, Jerusalem), Stefanie Mahrer (Center for Jewish Studies, Basel/Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, Jerusalem), Oren Weinberg (National Library of Israel, Jerusalem), Yfaat Weiss (Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, Jerusalem), Gil Weissblei (I-CORE Center Da'at Hamakom/The National Library of Israel, Jerusalem)




19 October 2015

Document | Taking Account | Memory
50th Anniversary of the Multi-Venue Premiere of the Stage Play by Peter Weiss, Die Ermittlung, 1965/2015


On 19 October 1965, the play by Peter Weiss Die Ermittlung (The Investigation) was simultaneously premiered in fourteen theatres in the Federal Republic, the GDR and Great Britain. The 50th anniversary of this event provides the occasion for the Simon Dubnow Institute, together with the International Peter Weiss Society, to explore important facets of the play and how it was perceived in East and West, as well as the political and cultural situation in the 1960s. Along with individual aspects of the history of impact of the stage play in Israel and Germany, the form of the play as a documentary and the inherent possibilities of remembrance of the Shoah contained therein will be examined in the Colloquium. In addition, discussion will address the specific shaping of the drama in the context of the playwright's understanding of Jewish belonging and the contemporary and current performance practice when staging this signifiant German-langueage drame of the present.


Participants: Arnd Beise (Fribourg), Jörg Deventer (Leipzig), Arndt Engelhardt (Jerusalem), Christa Grimm (Leipzig), Ilana Hammerman (Jerusalem), Michael Hofmann (Paderborn), Melanie Raemy (Fribourg) 


An event organized by the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University in cooperation with the International Peter Weiss Society (IPWG).




Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Early Modern Ashkenazi Record Keeping. Pinkassim as Historical Sources


The Pinkassim Project aims at digitizing and making available the communal records of the Ashkenazi communities of Early Modern Europe. As part of our work and within the workshop, we want to discuss the historical, textual, and linguistic context of the Pinkassim with interested academics and students at all levels and from various disciplines. Talks will be devoted to the diffusion of Ashkenazi Pinkassim across Europa, to language and tradition of the record books as well as to Pinkassim as sources for collective history and individual memory. 


Participants: Israel Bartal (Jerusalem), David Biale (Davis), Elisheva Carlebach (New York), Jörg Deventer (Leipzig), Raphael Gross (Leipzig), Gershon D. Hundert (Montreal), Debra Kaplan (Ramat Gan), Stefan Litt (Jerusalem), Frauke von Rohden (Leipzig), Adam Teller (Providence). 




2 March 2015

Fixierungen. Zum Identitätsbegriff in den Geisteswissenschaften


The concept of identity has experienced something a boom in popularity in the humanities since the 1980s. Most particularly in the field of Jewish history, which focuses on a liquid object of inquiry in a space between sacred and profane, diasporic and nation-state dimensions, one can frequently observe a readily invoked discourse about Jewish identity. The workshop will center on the concept of identity from a conceptual and historical perspective, also grounded on the history of experience. Along with theoretical texts, biographical documents that deal with questions of belonging will also be discussed. The workshop pursues the thesis that »identity« is a crisis concept that endeavors to fixate the coherence dissolved by modernity.


Participants: Jörg Deventer, Arndt Engelhardt, Jan Gerber, Magnus Klaue, David Kowalski, Felix Pankonin, Anna Pollmann, Inka Sauter, Momme Schwarz, Sabrina Walter, Susanne Zepp und Robert Zwarg.