Academy Project

The Academy Project »European Traditions – Encyclopedia of Jewish Cultures« is a Research Project of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig and cooperation partner of the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow.

The aim of the Academy Project »European Traditions – Encyclopedia of Jewish Cultures« is to contribute to an understanding of modern Jewish history and culture in Europe. The project focuses on the promises and challenges as well as the cataclysms of political modernity, which particularly affected Jews in and after the emancipation era, from the middle of the 18th to the middle of the 20th century. The project work is devoted to the formulation of appropriate terms, the presentation of knowledge in encyclopaedic form and the collection of sources on specific thematic complexes.

The publication formats correlate with the modular structure of the Project:

  • a comprehensive encyclopedia, the »Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur«, also published in English as »Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture«;
  • Editions of selected sources and writings published in the »Library« and »Archive of Jewish History and Culture« series.

The Encyclopedia

The »Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture« presents a comprehensive overall picture in about 800 keywords. More than 500 authors from Germany and abroad have been won to contribute to the work. With the temporal focus of the span from about 1750 to 1950, the encyclopedia explores the diasporic Jewish life worlds as well as the transformation from sacred to profane Jewish forms of existence. The spatial framework is formed by Europe and the settlement areas of the Jews in the Near East and North Africa; America and other non-European areas are included in particular through migration. The German version of the work was published in seven volumes by the publishing house Metzler (Stuttgart/Weimar). Since 2017 the English translation is published by Brill (Leiden/Boston). The encyclopedia is also available online in both German and English.

The Editions

The editions deal with topics of the experience of the Jews from early modern period to modernity, especially as reflected in the history of law, diplomacy, politics and knowledge. The volumes are published in German or English in the series »Library« and »Archive of Jewish History and Culture«. The »Library« primarily presents personal contributions, including unpublished or rare writings, papers and letters. The »Archive« collects and edits material on topics, occasions or events of specific interest. The editions are published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (Göttingen/Bristol Con.); from 2020 they will also be available online/open access.

Publications

1. Encylopedia German/English (EJGK/EJHC)

Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur (EJGK), hg. im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig von Dan Diner,

  • Band 1 (A–Cl), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2011;
  • Band 2 (Co–Ha), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2012;
  • Band 3 (He–Lu), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2012;
  • Band 4 (Ly–Po), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2013;
  • Band 5 (Pr–Sy), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2014;
  • Band 6 (Te–Z), Stuttgart/Weimar, 2015;
  • Band 7 (Register), Stuttgart/Weimar 2017.

Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture, ed. by Dan Diner on behalf of the Saxonian Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig,

  • vol. 1 (A-Cl), Leiden/Boston 2017;
  • vol. 2 (Co–F), Leiden/Boston 2019;
  • Vol. 3 (G–Le), Leiden/Boston 2020.

2. Editions:

  • Jüdische Gemeindestatuten aus dem aschkenasischen Kulturraum 1650–1850, hg. von Stefan Litt, Göttingen 2014 (Archiv jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 1).
  • Simon Dubnow: Geschichte eines jüdischen Soldaten. Bekenntnis eines von vielen, a. d. Russ. übers. von Vera Bischitzky und hg. von Vera Bischitzky und Stefan Schreiner, Göttingen 2012 (Bibliothek jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 1).
  • The Assassination of Symon Petliura and the Trial of Scholem Schwarzbard 1926–1927. A Selection of Documents, hg. von David Engel, Göttingen 2016 (Archiv jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 2).
  • Jewish Refugees in Shanghai 1933–1947. A Selection of Documents, hg. von Irene Eber, Göttingen 2018 (Archiv jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd.3).
  • Kriegsverbrechen, Restitution, Prävention. Aus dem Vorlass von Benjamin B. Ferencz, hg. von Constantin Goschler, Marcus Böick und Julia Reus, Göttingen 2019 (Archiv jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 4).
  • Simon Rawidowicz: Between Babylon and Jerusalem. Selected Writings, ed. by David N. Myers and Benjamin C. Ravid, Göttingen 2020 (Bibliothek jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 2).
  • Jüdische Fürsprache. Quellen aus Gemeindeprotokollbüchern (pinkasim) des aschkenasischen Kulturraums 1586–1808, hg. von Stefan Litt, Göttingen 2021 (Archiv jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Bd. 5).

At the Website of the Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig you can find further detailed information.

Project Group

Dr. Markus Kirchhoff

Head of Group;
Research Associate at the Dubnow Institute (currently on leave)

Tel: +49 341 21735-701

Stefan Hofmann

Research Associate at the Academy Project;
Affiliated PhD Candidate at the Dubnow Institute

Tel: +49 341 21735-710

Franziska Annette Jockenhöfer

Academic Assistant at the Academy Project

Marcel Müller

Research Accociate at the Academy Project;
Affiliated PhD Candidate at the Dubnow Institute

Tel: +49 341 21735-700

Dr. Frauke von Rohden

Research Associate at the Academy Project

Tel: +49 341 21735-702

Johannes Rudloff

Academic Assistant at the Academy Project

Momme Schwarz

Research Associate at the Academy Project;
Affiliated PhD Candidate at the Dubnow Institute

Tel: +49 341 21735-700

Georg Wehse

Research Associate at the Academy Project;
Affiliated PhD Candidate at the Dubnow Institute

Tel: +49 341 21735-710