Simone Lässig gave two Lectures as part of the Dorit & Gerald Paul Lectures for the Study of Germans & Jews: Indiana University Bloomington (April 9, 2019): “Knowing What’s Best for the Jews: Knowledge, Authority, and Social Change in an Age of Upheaval”; IUPUI Campus Center Indianapolis (April 10,2019): “German Cities, Jewish Spaces: Belonging,Sociability, and Cultural Transformation in the Early Nineteenth Century”.
On March 6, 2019, Kerstin von der Krone presented her book project, In pursuit of knowing: Nineteenth-Century Jewish Education and the Transformation of Jewish Knowledge, which is based on her research in the Innovation through Tradition? project, during a Lunchtime Seminar at the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kerstin von der Krone participated in the lightening session Transnational potentials in (American) Jewish studies and its various subfields at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Association for Jewish Studies, Boston, December 16–18, 2018.
As part of project the international Conference Agents of Cultural Change: Jewish and Other Responses to Modernity, ca. 1750–1900 took place at the GHI Washington DC, October 8–10, 2018. The conference program can be found here and and some impressions here.
Kerstin von der Krone participated in the Round Table Reflections on Abigail Gillman’s “A History of German Jewish Bible Translation” and the Current State of German-Jewish Studies, at the 42th Annual Meeting of the German Studies Association, Pittsburgh September 27–30, 2018.
Kerstin von der Krone gave a presentation on “The Duty to Know: Nineteenth Century Jewish Catechisms and Manuals and the Making of Jewish Religious Knowledge” at the conference “Learning by the Book: Manuals and Handbooks in the History of Knowledge” at Princeton University, June 6-10, 2018. See her blog post on the subject for @historyofknowledge.
Simone Lässig, Tal Kogman and Kerstin von der Krone participated in the international conference “Religious Knowledge and Position Taking in the 19th Century: The Case of Educational Media” that took place at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt/Main at the 22nd and 23rd May 2018. The topic of Simone Lässig discussed “Sermons as an Instrument of Social Transformation: The Remaking of Jewish Life in Nineteenth-Century Germany”. Tal Kogman spoke about “Religious and Scientific Knowledge in German-Jewish Maskilic Textbooks” and Kerstin von der Krone talked about “Jewish Catechism and Manuals and what to know about Judaism.”
On April 8, 2018 Simone Lässig gave a talk at the Nathan & Jeanette Miller Center for Historical Studies (University of Maryland). The topic was “What is the History of Knowledge?”
In her talk “Religion as ‘Agent of Change’: Jewish and other Responses to Modernity in Germany, 1780-1860” Simone Lässig explored the ambivalent role of Judaism and religiosity during the ‘Sattelzeit’. The presentation was part of the ‘North Carolina German Studies Seminar & Workshop Series’ at the UNC Chapel Hill and took place on April 15, 2018.
From January 29 to February 9, 2018 Kerstin von der Krone visited The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati, OH, for a second time as part of a fellowship she was awarded by Marcus Center. She gave a talk in the AJA Fellowship Seminar on February 7, 2018 on “Translating Judaism: Textbooks and the Transformation of Jewish Knowledge in Nineteenth-Century America“.
At the AHA Annual Meeting 2018 in Washington DC Simone Lässig gave a paper on: “Entangling Jews and Germans: The Early 19th Century Revisited”. It was part of a panel series organized by the GHI Washington and the Central European History Society.
Kerstin von der Krone organized the session Jewish Though in Social Context at the 49th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies, Washington DC, December 17-19, 2017, with presentations by Alexandra Zirkle (Leibniz Institute for European History, Yaniv Feller (Wesleyan University) and herself. Abigail Gilman (Boston University) served as chair.
Simone Lässig gave a talk at the German Lutheran Church Washington, D.C. on December 11, 2017. The topic of her talk was “Religion und Modernisierung. Das Beispiel der deutschsprachigen Juden.”
On November 29, 2017 Simone Lässig, gave a lecture at the Zentrum für die Geschichte des Wissens Universität/ETH Zürich, Switzerland. The title was: „Die stumme Hälfte der Gesellschaft. Kinder in der Wissensgeschichte“.
Kerstin von der Krone participated in the Annual Conference of the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg “Juden und ihre Nachbarn. Wissenschaft des Judentums im Kontext von Diaspora und Migration” that took place at the Europa-Universität Viadrina, Frankfurt an der Oder from November 4-6, 2017. Her paper was entitled “Die Einheit von Leben und Lehre zwischen Verwissenschaftlichung und Bildungsreform: Neuordnungen jüdischen (religiösen) Wissens im 19. Jahrhundert”.
From October 16 to 27, 2017 Kerstin von der Krone visited The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives to conduct archival research. Her stay was part of her fellowship at the Marcus Center.
Simone Lässig gave the keynote lecture at the DIGIMET 2017 Conference „Quellen und Methoden der Geschichtswissenschaft im digitalen Zeitalter. Neue Zugänge für eine etablierte Disziplin?“ at the Humboldt University in Berlin, September 25-26, 2017. Her lecture was entitled „Digitale Methoden in der Geschichtswissenschaft: Forschungserfahrungen und Herausforderungen“.
Tal Kogman and Kerstin von der Krone presented their research at the World congress for Jewish Studies at the Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, August 6-10, 2017.
Andreas L. Fuchs presented his project at the University of Göttingen. The title of his talk for the Musikwissenschaftliches Kolloquium (May 24, 2017) was “Zurück in die Zukunft – Synagogaler Gesang, Tradition und Wandel im 19. Jahrhundert”.
On May 2nd, 2017 Simone Lässig spoke about “Civilizing the other and civilizing the self: Religion, social knowledge, and cultural practices in Jewish sermons of the early 19th century” at Yale‘s Jewish History Colloquium.
Kerstin von der Krone presented her project in the GHI Research Seminar on February 15, 2017. The title of her talks is “Educating the Modern Jew and the Loyal Citizen: Re-Defining Jewish Religion and Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century”.
Simone Lässig and Kerstin von der Krone organized the session “The Dynamics of Religious Knowledge: Resilience and Innovation in the Face of Modernity“ at the 131st Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Denver January 5-8, 2017, with presentations by Kerstin von der Krone, Anthony Steinhoff (University du Québec à Montreal), Jana Tschurenev (Göttingen University) and a comment by David M. Luebke (University of Oregon).
Kerstin von der Krone spent three weeks in Jerusalem (Israel) to conducted Research at the National Library of Israel and the Central Archive for the History of the Jewish People.
From August until October 2016, Andreas L. Fuchs visited the Klau Library of the Hebrew Union College in Cinncinnati in order to conduct research and collect further resources from the Birnbaum Collection for his project. Following this visit, he presented his current research results at the GHI Colloquium in Washington.
Kerstin von der Krone attended the conference “Deutsch-jüdische Bibelexegese: Theologische Perspektiven” (September 26-27, 2016) organized by the School of Jewish Theology at Potsdam University.
Based on the broader research question of the project Simone Lässig and Kerstin von der Krone in collaboration with Hedwig Röckelein (Göttingen University) arranged a session for the 51st Biennal Meeting of German Historians in Hamburg (September 20—23, 2016) under the title “The Dynamics of Religious Knowledge: Resilience and Innovation in the Face of Modernity”. Some pictures and further information on the participants can be found here.
Two reports on this session were published on H-Soz-Kult: one by Lisa Gerlach (Braunschweig) focussing on the session itself and one by Katharina Stornig (Giessen) on sessions dealing with the history of religion.
In the summer term 2016, Andreas Fuchs held a seminar at the Georg August University of Göttingen (Germany) related to his research project. The topic of the MA course was liturgical singing in the context of tradition and change, with a special focus on the 19th century Jewish reform movement and the role of singing as identity-forming cultural practice.
Dirk Sadowski participated in the conference “Wie aus Kindern Juden werden: Religiöse Erziehung im Kontext von Haskala und Emanzipation” at the University of Zurich. On June 23, 2016 he presented a paper on: “Anverwandlungen eines Bildungsmediums: Abraham Jagels Katechismus Lekach Tov (1595) im Diskurs der Erwartungen zwischen Judenmission und Haskala”.
Simone Lässig and Kerstin von der Krone participated in the conference Navigating Diversity, Narratives, Practices and Politics in German-Speaking Europe in Montreal, Quebec (Canada), April 13—15, 2016. Kerstin von der Krone presented a research paper on “Diversity as a Necessity and a Challenge? The Quest for Emancipation and the Transformation of Nineteen-Century German-Jewish Education”.
Kerstin von der Krone attended the “4. Nachwuchstagung Judaistik/Jüdische Studien” – Frankfurt am Main, November 15-17, 2015.
Janina Wurbs participated in the conference ‘Yiddishism: Mythologies and Iconographies’ in Warsaw, November 15-16, 2015, where she gave a talk in Yiddish based on research she conducted for her Master’s thesis with relevance to her future dissertation project.
In addition, she visited the Jewish Historical Institute and the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews for research purposes for the project.
Kerstin von der Krone participated in the research seminar “Revisiting the Fate of Nathan: Religion and Religious Identity in Nineteenth-Century German Europe (1800-1914)” as part of the German Studies Associations Annual Conference in Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2015.
In addition, she visited the Center for Jewish History and the New York Public Library for research purposes.
Andreas L. Fuchs visited the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati for a second time to work with material from the Eduard Birnbaum Collection.
From July 20-30, 2015 Tal Kogman visited the Georg Eckert Institute and its research library supported by a Guest Scholars grant of the GEI. In addition she visited the Herzog-August-Bibliothek Wolfenbüttel and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.
On July 21, 2015 Andreas L. Fuchs gave a talk on ‘Reform im Spiegel der Musik. Der Beitrag Braunschweigs zum synagogalen Gesang des 19. Jahrhunderts’ at the Jewish community in Braunschweig.
Zohar Shavit and Tal Kogman took part in the Symposium The Library of the Enlightenment Movement, Tel Aviv University, May 25, 2015, organized in cooperation with the Leo Baeck Institute.
Zohar Shavit gave a talk on ‘Secrets of the Archive: Biographies and Autobiogrpahies of the Jewish Republic of Letters’ [Hebrew], Tal Kogman gave a talk on ‘Isaac Satanow’s work as a test case of the Jewish Republic of Books and of the Jewish Republic of Books’
On May 5-6, 2015 a workshop on Educational Media and Cultural Translations took place at the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig (Germany).
Third Project Meeting in Braunschweig
4. Mai 2015, GEI
The research group meet for an intense and fruitful discussion on mutual research questions and first insights form the individual research projects to elaborate the most significant aspects in preparation for the application for a second funding period.
Kerstin von der Krone visited the Center for Jewish History and the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City and participated in the 21st Annual Gruss Colloquium in Judaic Studies on ‘Doing Wissenschaft: The Academic Study of Judaism as Practice, 1818-2018’, organized by the Herbert Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, Philadelphia, April 27-28, 2015, Philadelphia.
Andreas L. Fuchs took part in the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference, April 1-5, 2015, New Orleans, and gave a paper on ‘Lewandowski Superstar. Jewish Music as Part of 19th Century Berlin Culture’.
Andreas L. Fuchs visited the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati to work with the Eduard Birnbaum Collection, one of the most important collections for Jewish liturgical music in the 19th century.
Zohar Shavit participated in the conference Les Trois Temps de L’émancipation Xviiie-Xxe Siècle, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, Februray 26, 2015, and gave a paper on ‘Emancipation – between public sphere and private sphere’.
Zohar Shavit gave a keynote at the conference Children’s Literature and Childhood in Literature at Haifa University, on December 22, 2014, with the title ‘On the Place of Child Culture’s Research in Human Studies’
Dirk Sadowski participated in an International Workshop of the Galician Jewry Project on December 4, 2014 in Tel Aviv, organized by the Herzl Institute for the Study of History and Zionism at Haifa University, and gave a paper on ‘The Jewish German schools in Galicia, 1782–1806: Structures, textbooks and school attendance‘.
On December 1, 2014 a second project meeting took place at Tel Aviv University. The Israeli and German researchers met to discuss the further development of the project.
Follow-up Meeting for the database project at the University Library Frankfurt am Main, on September 22, 2015.
Andreas L. Fuchs visited the British Library and the Jewish Music Institute in London.
During a sabbatical Zohar Shavit was able to visit the archive and library of the Alliance Israélite Universelle (AIU) and the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris, and the University Library Frankfurt am Main.
Zohar Shavit participated in The Xth Congress of the EAJS on ‘Jewish and Non-Jewish Cultures in Contact: New Research Perspectives’, La Sorbonne et ENS, Paris, June 21-24, 2014, and gave a paper on ‘Jewish networking in the European Enlightenment: The case of Shimon ben Zacharia’ (on June 21, 2014).
On June 8-9, 2014 the Israeli and German researchers met for an internal workshop at Tel Aviv University.
In addition, Andreas L. Fuchs and Kerstin von der Krone used the opportunity to visit Israeli Archive and Research Libraries such as the National Library of Israel and the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem and the Feher Jewish Music Center at Beth Hatefutsoth in Tel Aviv.
On June 19-29, 2014 Andreas L. Fuchs visited the library of the Institut für die Geschichte der deutschen Juden in Hamburg.
On 22th May 2014 the new website jbm.gei.de was launched.
Tal Kogman participated in the joint King’s-UCL international workshop Language, Nation, and Modernity: Hebrew in Europe, 1800 to the present, London, Mai 11-13, 2014, and gave a talk on ‘Hebrew for the Young Generation: The educational Reform of the German-Jewish Haskalah’ (on May 12). In addition, she visited the British Library in London.
Andreas L. Fuchs took part in the Popular Culture Association Annual Conference in Chicago, April 16-19, 2014, and gave a paper on ‘The Songs I am Dancing. Song, Dance and Identity in Ashkenazi Jewish Culture of 19th Century Europe’ (on April 18).
In addition, he visited the Asher Library at Spertus and the University of Chicago Library.
On April 30, 2014 Simone Lässig gave a talk on ‘Religion und Innovation: Zum Wandel jüdischer Lebenswelten während der Sattelzeit’ as part of the lecture series Leibniz-Vorträge organized by the Leibniz-Gesellschaft and the Leibniz Universität Hannover.
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, for one-day workshop to elaborate the conceptual framework of the planned database.
Kerstin von der Krone visited the Judaica Collection at the University Library Frankfurt am Main.
After attending a conference in New York Simone Lässig visited the Center for Jewish History in New York.
After the approval by the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft ) the project was launched on 1st January 2014.
On December 8-9, 2013, Zohar Shavit and Simone Lässig, Dirk Sadowski and Tal Kogman meet in Tel Aviv to prepare the launch of the new research project.
In addition, Simone Lässig and Dirk Sadowski visited the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People in Jerusalem.