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.
Kerstin von der Krone organized a panel session on Jewish Thought in Social Context for the upcoming Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies that will take place from December 17–19, 2017 in Washington DC.
The session will feature presentations by Alexandra Zirkle, a fellow at the Leibniz Institute for European History in Mainz (Germany), Yaniv Feller, Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University and Kerstin herself. Abigail Gillman, Boston University will serve as chair.
Further information on the panel session can be found here
Tal Kogman and Kerstin von der Krone will present their research in Jerusalem at the 17th World Congress of Jewish Studies, a conference organized by the World Union for Jewish Studies every four years. This year’s congress will take place August 6-10, 2017 at the Mount Scopus Campus of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Tal Kogmann will speak about “The Birth of a New Ritual of Childhood: Birthday Celebrations in Ashkenaz in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries” (in Hebrew) as part of session 266, “Jewish Life in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries” on the morning of August 9th. In the afternoon, Kerstin von der Krone will give a talk entitled “Translating Judaism: Jewish Catechisms and Manuals and the Re-Definition of Jewish Religious Knowledge in the 19th Century” (in English) as part of session 398, “Pedagogic Innovations, Jewish Education and Modern Jewish thought”.
Simone Lässig presented her recent research on nineteenth-century German-Jewish history at Yale‘s Jewish History Colloquium on May 2nd, 2017.
Her talk “Civilizing the other and civilizing the self: Religion, social knowledge, and cultural practices in Jewish sermons of the early 19th century” looked at the work of preachers and rabbis such as Eduard Kley, Gotthold Salomon and Salomon Pleaser and highlighted the importance of sermons and religious speeches as a means of guiding and educating in times of fundamental social and cultural change.