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Film: Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today, Doc Films, May 5

The University of Chicago Germanic Studies Department & Human Rights Program,
in association with Doc Films, proudly present the Chicago Sneak Preview of

*Nuremberg: Its Lesson For Today (The Schulberg/Waletzky Restoration)

*Made for the U. S. Departmen of War in 1946, this historic documentary about the first Nuremberg trial against leading Nazi officials was widely shown in Germany, but suppressed in the US.
“Nuremberg: Its Lesson for Today” depicts the most famous courtroom drama in modern times, and the first to make extensive use of film as evidence. It was also the first trial to be extensively documented, aurally and visually. All of the proceedings, which lasted for nearly 11 months, were recorded. And though the trial was filmed while it was happening, strict limits were placed on the Army Signal Corps cameramen by the Office of Criminal Counsel. In the end, they were permitted to film only about 25 hours over the entire course of the trial. This was to prove a great impediment for writer/director Stuart Schulberg, and his editor Joseph Zigman, when they were engaged to make the official film about the trial, in 1946, shortly after its conclusion.

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Rechtskulturen: 7 Postdoctoral Fellowships 2011/12 in Berlin


The Berlin-based Forum Transregionale Studien invites scholars
to apply for seven postdoctoral fellowships for the research project



Applicants should be at the postdoctoral level and should have
obtained their doctorate within the last five years before their
application to the program. We welcome candidates in particular
from the disciplines of law, sociology, political science,
philosophy, history, anthropology, theology, and area studies,
representing a broad range of diverse approaches to the law,
including gender studies, comparative research, law & literature,
critical approaches to international law, administrative sciences,
transitional justice, the law of development cooperation, and
classical problems of legal philosophy. We encourage and welcome
applications from all regions of the world. Fellows are given
the opportunity to pursue their individual research projects within
a transdisciplinary and transregional context. During the fellowship
in Berlin, they will be associated with a university institute
(e.g. the Faculty of Law at Humboldt-Universitaet) or an extra-
university research institute. In the overall context of the
project Rechtskulturen and the framework of the Forum Transregionale
Studien, they will be part of a vibrant discursive environment.


begin on October 1, 2011, and will end on July 31, 2012. Shorter
fellowship terms can be considered. Postdoctoral fellows will
receive a monthly stipend of Euro 2.250 plus supplements depending
on their personal situation. Organisational support, regarding
visa, insurances, housing, etc. will be provided. Successful
applicants will be fellows of the project Rechtskulturen at
the Forum Transregionale Studien.


The postdoctoral fellow program Rechtskulturen (‘legal cultures’)
is designed to explore the law in new and innovative ways. We
intend to create a space of reflection and communication where
fundamental and salient questions of the law and its context(s)
can be re-negotiated from a variety of disciplinary and regional
perspectives, and re-connected with jurisprudence and legal
methodology. As a central element of the Berlin research network
Law in Context based at the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin,
Rechtskulturen aims at recontextualizing our understanding of
law by transcending the scope of comparative legal studies and
international law. It is designed to enhance a re-location of law
among its neighboring disciplines – the humanities, the cultural
and social sciences -, and can thus allow affiliated scholars,
fellows and faculty to develop innovative research agendas in
transregional constellations beyond a European or Anglo-American
focus. The program addresses scholars from a variety of disciplinary
backgrounds, regional contexts and academic fields of discourse.
In Berlin, the postdoctoral fellows will work on projects of
their own choice.

The program Rechtskulturen is co-directed by
Justice-elect Professor Susanne Baer (Bundesverfassungsgericht/
Humboldt-Universitaet) and
Professor Christoph Moellers (Humboldt-Universitaet),
and scientifically coordinated by
Alexandra Kemmerer (Research Network Law in Context, Wissenschafts-
kolleg zu Berlin).

Each academic year, the program invites seven scholars in an
early stage of their academic careers to Berlin to pursue projects
contributing to the study of Rechtskulturen: Confrontations Beyond
Comparison. The fellow program’s scholarly environment is designed
to enable and to encourage both fellows and the wider community to
explore and create new orientations in their interdisciplinary
research projects.


To apply, please send the following documents in English, exclusively
by e-mail, as separate word or PDF files:

– a curriculum vitae
– an anonymized project description (no longer than five pages)
stating what you will work on in Berlin if granted a fellowship
– the titles of three pieces of your scholarly work (incl. biblio-
graphical information) and your favourite one of those as PDF file
– the names and addresses (incl. e-mail) of two referees

The application, to be received by 17 January 2011, should be
addressed to:


The Forum Transregionale Studien is a new research platform
designed to promote research that connects systematic and region-
specific questions in a perspective that addresses entanglements
and interactions beyond national, cultural or regional frames.
The Forum works in tandem with established institutions and
networks engaged in transregional studies and is supported by
an association of the directors of research institutes and
networks mainly based in Berlin. It started its activities in
2010 by supporting three research projects in the fields of law,
philology, and urban sociology. The Forum Transregionale Studien
is funded by the Senate of Berlin.


Forum Transregionale Studien
Project: Rechtskulturen
c/o Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin
Alexandra Kemmerer
Wallotstrasse 19
14193 Berlin

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Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowships Offer Opportunities in Germany

The following announcement comes to CEERES from the Humboldt Foundation:

The Humboldt Research Fellowship enables highly-qualified scientists and scholars of all nationalities and all disciplines to carry out research projects for extended periods of time in cooperation with academic hosts at research institutions in Germany.

Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, the quality and feasibility of the proposed research and the applicant’s publications.

Postdoctoral scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within four years prior to the application submission date are eligible for a fellowship award that:

-Allows for a stay of 6-24 months in Germany.
-Provides a monthly stipend of 2,250 EUR.

Application materials and detailed information are available on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation webpage.

Scientists and scholars who have completed a doctoral degree within twelve years prior to the application submission date are eligible for a fellowship award that:

-Allows for a stay of 6-18 months in Germany.
-May be divided into a maximum of three visits of at least three months each.
-Provides a monthly stipend of 2,450 EUR.

Application materials and detailed information are available on the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation webpage.

Additional allowances are available for accompanying family mem bers, travel expenses, and German language instruction.

Applications may be submitted at any time to the Humboldt Foundation in Bonn.

The review process takes several months, and the selection committee meets three times a year to review applications.

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“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,, for details

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Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop: “The Impossible Vanishing Point: Societal Differentiation in Imperial Germany,” March 30

Benjamin Ziemann (University of Sheffield) will present his paper “The
Impossible Vanishing Point: Societal Differentiation in Imperial Germany” in an
extra session of the Modern European and Russian Studies Workshop on Tuesday 30
March from 4:30-6:00 pm in the John Hope Franklin Room (224) of the Social
Sciences Buildin
g (1126 E. 59th Street).

Drinks and refreshments will begin at 4:15pm.

For a copy of the paper, please email Kristy Ironside, ironsidek [at]

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