Upcoming Conference “Agents of Cultural Change: Jewish and Other Responses to Modernity, ca. 1750–1900”

On October 8–10, 2018 the German Historical Institute Washington DC (GHI) will host the concluding conference of our research project. Organized by Simone Lässig, Zohar Shavit and Kerstin von der Krone the conference will provide an opportunity to discuss our findings  with a group of international scholars from a variety of disciplines. We aim to situate our research within the broader historiographical context and the research on social and cultural transformations and ask more generally what role religion, education and knowledge played in responding to change.

The Bar Mitzvah Discourse (Bar-Mizwa-Vortrag) by Moritz Daniel Oppenheim, 1869. Via Jewish Museum New York.

Seating is limited, if you plan to attend the conference please register with Ms. Susanne Fabricius at fabricius(at)ghi-dc.org by September 15, 2018.

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“Inside and Outside the Home: Childhood, Nature and the Animal World” – Workshop at Tel Aviv University, May 8, 2018 [Hebrew]

Together with their colleagues of Tel Aviv University’s Youth Culture Studies Program Zohar Shavit and Tal Kogman are organizing an annual workshop on May 8th, 2018 that will discuss how Children encounter the nature and the animal world, placing this workshop at the intersection of a cultural history of childhood and new approaches from animal studies.


“Entangling Jews and Germans: The Early 19th Century Revisited” – Paper and Panel Series at the 132nd AHA Annual Meeting 2018

AHA 2018The German Historical Institute Washington (Simone Lässig) organized, in collaboration with the Central European History Society (Karen Hagemann), a four-panel series with the title “Crossing Boundaries: Rewriting Nineteenth-Century Central European History” for the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association in Washington DC from January 4th-7th, 2018. The panel series aimed at exploring the current state and the future of the historiography on nineteenth-century Central European history in an age of transdisciplinary, transnational, and global research.
Her paper with the title “Entangling Jews and Germans: The Early 19th Century Revisited” focused on early nineteenth-century Jewish history and its role as an analytical lens for and as an integral part of Central European History. The paper concluded with three central dimensions of the “Jewish Sattelzeit” that could be of interest to historians for future research.