Research Colloquium: Educational Paths.

New Approaches to the History of Jewish Higher Education

Zvi Hecker, Jüdische Grundschule Berlin (Heinz-Galinski-Schule): Entwurfsskizze "rainwater collection", 1993, Bleistift, Buntstift, Deckweiß auf Diazotypie, 163,6 x 91,8 cm; Jüdisches Museum Berlin, Inv.-Nr. 2001/49/1, Foto: Jens Ziehe


The event will take place either in person in the seminar room of the Dubnow Institute or digitally. Please note the information in the program.
For digital events, you will find the access link on the Dubnow Institute homepage a few days before the event.
Registration is not required.

Knowledge was traditionally held in high regard in Judaism. If holy scriptures and ritual texts were initially of greatest interest, following the Haskala attention was also paid to worldly content. The entry of Jews into the university, which was for a long time regarded as a Christian corporation, the emergence of the »Wissenschaft des Judentums,« and the establishment of the institute of higher education bearing this name in 1872 were expressions of a Jewish educational ideal in transition. At the same time, this formed part of a general process of secularization and emancipation.

These developments by no means followed a linear course. Progress and tradition were reflected in the question of Jewish erudition just as much as participation and exclusion. Following the achievement of legal equality and the formal admission of Jews to all courses of study, institutes of higher education provided opportunities of upward mobility to Jews. However, these institutions were also places of exclusion and discrimination, while certain professions remained closed to Jews.

This research colloquium will explore these ambivalences in Jewish history through the example of institutes of higher education and educational paths generally. The focus lies on new directions and methods in research as well as on the dissemination of research and knowledge.


24 November 2022, In-person event
Mitchell Ash
Wissenschaftler:innen jüdischer Herkunft an der Universität Wien im 19. und 20. Jahrhundert.
Jüdische Studien ohne Juden?

15 December 2022, Digital event
Shmuel Feiner

»The Sciences Have Not Let Me Penetrate Them Normally:«
Seductive Science in the Jewish 18th Century

12 January 2023, In-person event
Stefanie Mahrer
Akademische Zwangsmigration während des Nationalsozialismus und die Schweizer Universitäten.
Einblicke in ein (digitales) Forschungsprojekt

26 January 2023, In-person event
Felix Steilen

Ewigkeit vs. Kontingenz.
Zum philosophischen Erbe der Hochschule für die Wissenschaft des Judentums

2 February 2023, Digital event
Adi Livny

Imperial Education.
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the British Mandate Area

Prof. em. Dr. Mitchell Ash, University of Vienna | Prof. Dr. Shmuel Feiner, Bar Ilan University, Ramat Gan | Adi Livny, Middlebury College, Vermont | Ass. Prof. Dr. Stefanie Mahrer, University of Bern | Dr. Felix Steilen, Dubnow Institute, Leipzig

Winter semester 2022/2023, thursdays, 5.15-6.45 p.m., every other week
Dubnow Institute or digital