Digital Lecture Series: »Let My People Go!«

Jewish Emigration from Eastern Europe since the 1960s


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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

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. Dezember 2020
Rebecca Kobrin (New York)
The Long Silent Revolution:
Narrating Russian and Soviet Jewish Migration across the Long Twentieth Century

07. Januar 2021
Sergey Lagodinsky (Berlin/Brüssel)
Vom Objekt zum Subjekt:
Neueste jüdische Geschichte und Gegenwart im wiedervereinigten Deutschland

21. Januar 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

04. Februar 2021
Natasha Gordinsky (Haifa)
Rethinking Soviet Spaces:
A New Paradigm in Comparative Literature


Dr. Mischa Gabowitsch, Einstein Forum, Potsdam | Dr. Natasha Gordinsky, University of Haifa Prof. | Dr. Rebecca Kobrin, Columbia University, New York | Prof. Dr. Irena Kogan, University of Mannheim | Dr. Sergey Lagodinsky, Member of the European Parliament, Berlin/Brussels | Dr. Vladimir Levin, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

12th November 2020 to 2nd February 2021, thursdays (every other week), 5.15–6.15 p.m. (CEST); 11.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. (EST)
Digital event