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Fourth Junior Scholars Conference in German-Jewish History

”Heritage” in the study of Jewish and other (Diaspora) Cultures —the search for roots as a recurring theme of 19th and 20th century history  

Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg, July 3-4, 2015  

Conveners:  Co-organized by the German Historical Institute Washington, DC, the Institute for the History of the German Jews, Hamburg, the Alvin H. Rosenfeld Chair in Jewish Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, and the Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts (Miriam Ruerup, Anne Schenderlein, Mirjam Zadoff)  

This workshop will focus on the themes of heritage and diaspora. We are specifically interested in creating a dialogue between scholars of Jewish history and historians working on other ethnic, religious, social, and cultural groups. Working from the observation that genealogy research is increasingly popular today, while Jewish museums are being built and Jewish heritage tourism is flourishing all over Europe, we would like to examine this Jewish interest in heritage and place it within a broader comparative perspective. Among some of the questions we are interested in exploring are: When and why is heritage important to a community? What role does the experience of diaspora, migration, persecution, and forced exile play in a community’s focus on heritage? How does Zionism and the goal of overcoming the Jewish diaspora affect diasporic searches for roots and inventions of a common past? Does heritage have a specific place and space? How are heritage sites chosen, created, invented, and represented? 


Friday, July 3, 2015  

12:30 pm – 1:30pm

Welcome Lunch (Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden)



1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Welcome Remarks


1:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Panel 1: Identity and Heritage Construction in the Diaspora: Discourse and Practice

Chair: Mirjam Zadoff


Julia Carls (Universität Erfurt)

Hidden Dialectics – Orthodox German-Jewish syntheses of “ Diaspora” and “Heritage” from early from the Early 20th Century




Markus Krah (Universität Potsdam)

Heritage and (Re-)Construction: Buber, Hasidism, and East European Judaism in German- and American-Jewish Discourses, 1900-1960




Martina Niedhammer (Collegium Carolinum, München)

The Making of a Mother Tongue

Yiddish, Occitan, and the Idea of “Cultural Heritage”



3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

Coffee Break



4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Panel 2: Contested Heritage and Representation in Israel/Palestine

Chair: Andreas Brämer


Tzafrir Fainholtz (Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya)
The Story of the "Israel in Palestine" Pavilion at the Paris International Exhibition of 1937, and the Complex Heritage of "Jewish" Modernism




Yehuda Sharim (Rice University, Houston)

I Need to Hear Your Voice: Reconsidering Mediterranean Jewish

Memory & Aesthetics in Contemporary Israeli Culture



7:00 pm

Conference Dinner


Saturday July 4, 2015  

9:30 am – 11:00 am

Panel 3: Postwar Eastern Europe

Chair: Björn Siegel




Gaëlle Fisher, University College London

What is (a) Bukovinian? Contests over Bukovina’s heritage after the Second World War




Anya Quilitzsch, Indiana University, Bloomington

The Makings of Heritage: Jewishness in the Soviet Periphery after World War II



11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Tour of Historic Jewish Neighborhood “Grindel”



12:30 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break



1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Panel 4: Politics of Memory, Politics of History

Chair: Anna Menny




Sheer Ganor, University of California, Berkeley

The Wiedergutmachung Network: German Jews on the Junction of Memory and Bureaucracy




Kim Wünschmann, Martin Buber Society of Fellows, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Constructing Tradition – Recording Loss

Jewish and Non-Jewish Heimatforschung in Post-War Rural Germany




Julia Lange, Universität Hamburg

Heritage Trouble: German American Identity Politics and the Holocaust



3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Coffee Break

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Final Discussion

Chair: Miriam Rürup




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