Dr. Lilian Türk

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Research Associate at the Academy Project
Affiliated Researcher at the Dubnow Institute

Phone: +49 341 21735-710

Working at the Academy Project»European Traditions–Encyclopedia of Jewish Cultures« as a Research Associate since April 2022. She is an affiliated Researcher at the Dubnow Institute, Research Unit »Knowledge«.

Studied Judaic and Jewish Studies, and Political Sciences at the universities of Leipzig and Halle-Wittenberg and completed her Magistra degree in 2009. Doctoral Candidate at the Graduate School »Religious Non-Conformism and Cultural Dynamics« between 2009 and 2014 at Leipzig University; subject of PhD thesis: »Tshuve-shtimungen afile in radikale krayzn? Abba Gordin (1887­­­­–1964) und die Prozesse der Gemeinschaftsbildung in einer Jiddisch-anarchistischen Subkultur, dargestellt anhand der Debatte um religiöse Yidishkayt in der Wochenschrift Fraye Arbeter Shtime 1937–1945.« 2014–2021 Research Associate at the Institute for Jewish Philosophy and Religion, and Academic Coordinator at the Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies–Jewish Scepticism, University of Hamburg. 2021–2022 lecturer at the Seminary for Judaic and Jewish Studies, Halle-Wittenberg University.

Research Project

The Concept of God in Abba Gordin’s Œuvre


Research Interests

  • History of the Jewish Labour Movement in Eastern Europe and Israel, History of the Kibbutzim
  • History of Political Ideas: Varieties of Religious Anarchism
  • Philosophy of Religion in Yiddish Literature


Key Documents of German-Jewish History. A Digital Source Edition, Hamburg: Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden 2016 (together with Werner Bergmann, Andreas Brämer, Tobias Brinkmann, Stefanie Fischer, Kirsten Heinsohn, Uffa Jensen, Anthony Kauders, et. al.).

Essays and Articles

Skepticism, Seclusion, and the Self. Correspondences in Religious Anarchist Writings, in: Libera Pisano/Cedrik Cohen Skalli (eds.), Skepsis and Antipolitics. The Alternative of Gustav Landauer, Maimonides Library for Philosophy and Religion, vol. 2, Leiden 2022, 297–317.

Zionism, Monotheism, and the Self: Abba Gordin’s Religio-Anarchist Reading of the Scriptures, in: Journal of Ecumenical Studies 57.1 (2022), 58–76.

Yiddish Radicalism, Jewish Religion. Controversies in Fraye Arbeter Shtime 1937–1945, in Alexandre Christoyannopoulos/Matthew S. Adams (eds.), Essays in Anarchism and Religion, Bd. 2, Stockholm 2018, 20–57 (together with Jesse Cohn).

Art. »Scholarship«, in: Key Documents of German-Jewish History. A Digital Source Edition ed. by Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden, Hamburg 2016.

»Fromme Einfalt und das atheistische Lumpenpack. Grenzbestimmungen im jiddischsprachigen Anarchismus«, in: Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 23 (2015), 133–158.


Hayyim Rothman, No masters but God: portraits of anarcho-Judaism, Manchester 2021, in: Religion, State and Society, 50 (2022) nr. 3, 356–358.

Doris Liebscher/Heike Fritzsche, Antidiskriminierungspädagogik. Konzepte und Methoden für die Bildungsarbeit mit Jugendlichen, Wiesbaden 2010, in: Behemoth. A Journal on Civilization 4.3 (2011), 100–104.

Tony Michels, A Fire in Their Hearts. Yiddish Socialists in New York, Cambridge 2005, in: Behemoth. A Journal on Civilization 4.2 (2011), 155–160.

Kenneth B. Moss, Jewish Renaissance in the Russian Revolution, Cambridge 2009, in: Behemoth. A Journal on Civilization 4.2 (2011), 155–160.