Launch of new website

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website presenting the German-Israeli research project Innovation through Tradition? Approaching Cultural Transformations via Jewish educational media.

In January 2014, a transdisciplinary group of researchers from the Georg Eckert Institute for International Textbook Research and Tel Aviv University began exploring the highly diverse corpus of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Jewish educational media with the aim of enhancing our understanding of the complex and far-reaching processes of sociocultural transformation that commenced in the mid-eighteenth century and exerted a profound influence on central European Jews.
This website contains information on our research project, the researchers involved and their individual sub-projects, and events which will be organised by the research group; we will also publish information about further projects, such as a database on Jewish educational media, which will be developed within this research project.

The project is funded by the German Research Foundation.

Workshop on Research Database

On 4 March 2014 the German members of the research group met with librarians and digital humanities experts from the Georg Eckert Institute and Dr Rachel Heuberger, head of the Judaica Collection held by the Frankfurt University Library, to elaborate the conceptual framework of the planned database. The group discussed various issues, such as technical requirements for the database and standards of bibliographical indexing which would enable JEMdat to be integrated into the existing research infrastructure at the Georg Eckert Institute and into the currently available range of research resources in the field of Jewish history.

(Photos: co GEI / Marek Kruszewski)