Over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, Berlin has been home to a heterogeneous Jewish community whose members have addressed what it means to identify as Jewish—or to be forced to identify as such—from many angles. Drawing on selected essays, satirical writings, newspaper reports, memoirs, poems, photographs, and graphic novels, this course will explore how Jewish identity has been negotiated over the past century against the sociopolitical backdrop of the German capital. Special focus will be placed on examining first-hand how the city’s urban spaces and sites of memory have played a role in this process. Instruction and readings will be provided in English.
language requirements English B2
You will find the detailed syllabus for this course on the Berlin Perspectives Website:
In order to participate, you have to register through the Berlin Perspectives online registration form:
Registration period: 15 September – 25 October 2020:
Seminar places are allocated to the students registered and present in the first session.
This seminar carries 5 ECTS.
Berlin Perspectives is an international and interdisciplinary course program for incoming international students to complement their regular studies at Humboldt-Universität. It is also open to regular HU students who may enroll as part of their elective course requirements (üWP). Courses are taught in English or in bilingual German-English formats.