Simone Lässig gave two Lectures as part of the Dorit & Gerald Paul Lectures for the Study of Germans & Jews. The lecture held at the Indiana University Bloomington (April 9, 2019) was titled: “Knowing What’s Best for the Jews: Knowledge, Authority, and Social Change in an Age of Upheaval”. The other lecture was about “German Cities, Jewish Spaces: Belonging, Sociability, and Cultural Transformation in the Early Nineteenth Century”, and was given on April 10 at the IUPUI Campus Center in Indianapolis.
The 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.
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“.
We are delighted to announce that the German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) approved a second project phase from January 2016 to December 2018, which enables us to continue our research and deepen the fruitful collaboration we experienced in the last two years.
Beginning with January 2016 the project group will continue it’s work under the auspices of the German Historical Institute in Washington DC and carry on the research cooperation with the Tel Aviv University. This new institutional affiliation will contribute to our intention to broaden the perspective by extending our research focus towards English-speaking Jewry and Jewish History in Tsarist Russia. As intended this will include comparative perspectives and approaches from cultural transfer which shall enable us to highlight how Jews in different historical settings coped with fundamental social and cultural change, what role religion and tradition played, and to what extant their actions where shaped by the respective political and socio-economic conditions they were living in.
Further information will follow soon.