“German and Hebrew: Histories of a Conversation,” International Conference at UChicago, April 15-16

German and Hebrew: Histories of a Conversation

An International Conference at the University of Chicago

Thursday, April 15, 9:30-4:30, Classics 110
Friday, April 16, 9:30-4:30, Rosenwald 405


Michael Brenner (University of Munich): “From Haskalah to Hashmadah: Hebrew Traces in Germany from Mendelssohn to Eichmann and Beyond”

Thursday, April 15, 5:30, Fulton Hall

Followed by Cabaret Performance by the New Budapest Orpheum Society.


Maya Barzilai (University of Michigan), Michal Ben-Horin (University of Florida), Amir Eshel (Stanford University), Abigail Gillman (Boston University), Michal Govrin (Jerusalem), Nitzan Lebovic (Van Leer Institute), Vivian Liska (Antwerp), Sebastian Wogenstein (University of Connecticut)

For conference schedule and more details go to:


The aim of this conference is to expand our understanding of the intersection of German and Jewish culture by emphasizing the extensive cultural production on the German-Jewish and German-Israeli fault lines and putting the dialogue between the two languages and literatures – German and Hebrew – at the center. This is an interdisciplinary project that draws on fields such as Comparative Literature, Translation Studies, Comparative Politics and Anthropology. Germans, Jews and Israelis turn to translation, borrowing, adaptation and exchange between the two languages and literatures for widely different reasons at different times; moreover, none of the different categories – Germans, Jews, Hebrew or German speakers, Israelis – is inherently stable, and they overlap in multiple senses. But a comprehensive mapping of this uneven topography is yet to be undertaken, and there is much to learn from it.

This conference is made possible by the support of the Urlrich and Harriet Meyer Fund of the Chicago Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on German Literature and Culture, the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, the Franke Institute of Humanities, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the Norman Wait Harris Fund at the Center for International Studies, and the Office of the Dean of Humanities.

Conference Organizer: Na’ama Rokem, Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Contact Adam Stern, aystern@uchicago.edu, for details

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