Research Unit Knowledge

Three Decades of Jewish Studies in Reunited Germany (1990–2020)

This project explores the question of how Jewish emigration to Germany from East Central and Eastern Europe in the 1990s changed the German scholarly landscape. Over the past three decades, important institutes have been established in the field of Jewish studies, including the Dubnow Institute founded in 1995, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2020.

The aim of the project is to historicize the drive towards the institutionalization of Jewish centers in Germany that set in after the political turn of 1989/1990. On the one hand, it will analyze what new impulses entered into Jewish studies since the 1990s, while on the other exploring how the process of exchange and collaboration between emigrant researchers and institutions in their countries of origin shaped the development of Jewish studies in Eastern Europe since the 1990s.

This project is part of the research project »Shifting Knowledge: Effects and Repercussions of Emigration from Eastern Europe on Jewish Studies since the 1960«, financed by the Saxon State government out of the State budget approved by the Saxon State Parliament.