»Historicizing the Jewish People – A Conference in Honour of Simon Dubnow at 150«

International Conference

The historian of  Jewish history Simon Dubnow (1860–1941) is considered the modern founder of secular Jewish historiography from an East European perspective. Against the backdrop of a multi-national and multi-religious reality within an imperial context, and confronted with an accelerating process of modernization in czarist Russia, Dubnow developed a »sociological concept« for understanding Jewish existential experience in the Diaspora.

The Annual International Conference of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig, brought together experts on the life, work and impact of Simon Dubnow for a two-day exchange of insights and ideas in Leipzig. The conference provided a platform for exploring questions of the historical formation of tradition, historical theory, linguistic culture, and most particularly the crisis-ridden seismic shifts during the inter-war period on the eve of the Catastrophe in respect to diasporic self-understanding as reflected in Dubnow's thought and work.

This year's conference in honor of  Simon Dubnow, with English as the working language, was held to mark the hundred fiftieth anniversary of the historian's birth on 10 September 1860. It was a joint conference of the Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig, the Hebrew University Jerusalem and the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem.

On the occasion of Simon Dubnow's hundred fiftieth birthday a biography was published on September tenth, 2010. Please find more information here.

Marion Aptroot (Heinrich-Heine-Universität, Düsseldorf) | Israel Bartal (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem / The Historical Society of Israel) | Nicolas Berg (Simon Dubnow Institute) | Michael Brenner (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München) | Jörg Deventer (Simon Dubnow Institute) | Dan Diner (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem / Simon Dubnow Institute) | Verena Dohrn (Osteuropa-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin) | Jan Gerber (Simon Dubnow Institute) | Natasha Gordinsky (Simon Dubnow Institute) | Anke Hilbrenner (Universität Bonn) | Alexis Hofmeister (Universität zu Köln) | Omar Kamil (Simon Dubnow Institute) | Joshua Karlip (Yeshiva University, New York) | Samuel Kassow (Trinity College, Hartford) | Dan Miron (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem / Columbia University, New York) | Gabriel Motzkin (The Hebrew University, Jerusalem / The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute) | Simon Rabinovitch (Boston University) | Anne-Christin Saß (Osteuropa-Institut der Freien Universität Berlin) | Robert Seltzer (Hunter College, New York) | Ruth Wisse (Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.) | Susanne Zepp (Simon Dubnow Institute) | Steven Zipperstein (Stanford University)

4th to 5th November 2010
Dubnow Institute