Interest in “Things Jewish” has manifested itself over the last two decades, with new Jewish museums opening throughout Europe, the mass-event nature of Jewish festivals, and the comodification of Jewish heritage. At the same time, a new generation of Jews is rediscovering and redefining their identities. In order to investigate the ways in which the topic is being discovered and represented at the turn of the 20th/21st centuries, we propose an interdisciplinary seminar. In line with the expertise of the instructors, the course would include not only an overview of the topic, but moreover an informed and well-illustrated East-West comparison. The course will include readings, film reviews, and up to two field trips in Berlin. The purpose of this course is to explore the mechanisms of representations of Other and Self, with the Jewish topos offering the specific examples in this comparitive context.
The seminar will take place in blocks.
Victoria Bishop Kendzia
Eszter B. Gantner firstname.lastname@example.org
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Y. Michal Bodemann. (2008) (Ed.). The New German Jewry and the European Context: The Return of the European Jewish Diaspora. New York. Palgrave Macmillan.
Anna Lipphardt, Julia Brauch, Alexandra Nocke (2008) (Ed.) Jewish Topographies.
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Jurgita Šiaučiūnaitė-Verbickienė, Larisa Lempertienė (2007) (Ed.) Jewish Space in Central and Eastern Europe: Day-to-Day History. Cambridge. Camridge Scholars Publishing.
Jonathan Webber (1994) (Ed.) Jewish Identities in the New Europe. London/Washington. Littmann.