Leora Auslander is a Professor of Modern European History at the University of Chicago. Her research focuses on material culture, but she has a long-standing preoccupation with how the senses, thought, and feeling are mobilized by different genres. Her publications most relevant to this workshop’s thematic include: Cultural Revolutions: Everyday Life and Politics in Britain, North America, and France; Taste and Power: Furnishing Modern France; “Negotiating Embodied Difference: Veils, Minarets, Kippas and Sukkot in Contemporary Europe,” Archiv für Sozialgeschichte; “Looking Across the Threshold: Persistence as Experiment in Time, Space, and Genre,” Postwar: The Films of Daniel Eisenberg; “Archiving a Life: Post-Shoah Paradoxes of Memory Legacies,” in Unsettling Histories; “The Boundaries of Jewishness or when is a Cultural Practice Jewish?” Jewish Social Studies; “Coming Home? Jews in Postwar Paris,” Journal of Contemporary History; and, “Resisting Context: The Spiritual Objects of Tobi Kahn,” in Objects of the Spirit: Ritual and the Art of Tobi Kahn. She is currently at work on two related book manuscripts: Home-making: Jewish Parisians and Berliners in the Twentieth Century and Commemorating Death, Obscuring Life? The Conundrums of Memorialization.
Philip Bohlman is the Mary Werkman Distinguished Service Professor of the Humanities and of Music at the University of Chicago and Honorarprofessor at the Hochschule für Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Germany. He is active also as a performer, serving as the Artistic Director of the “New Budapest Orpheum Society.” Among his recent publications are Jewish Music and Modernity (Oxford University Press 2008), Jewish Musical Modernism (University of Chicago Press 2008), Focus: Music, Nationalism, and the Making of the New Europe (Routledge 2011), and Balkan Epic: Song, History, Modernity (Scarecrow 2011), coedited Nada Petković. In his current research for the New Budapest Orpheum Society, Philip Bohlman is gathering German and Yiddish film songs from the 1920s to the 1950s for a recording tentatively called Jewish Noir: The Golden Age of Jewish Cabaret. With his wife and University of Chicago colleague, Christine Wilkie Bohlman, he revives and performs Jewish melodramas for the musical stage, including works created in the concentration camps.
Daniel Eisenberg has been making films and videos since 1976. His films have been screened throughout Europe, Asia, and North America with solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), the Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), the American Museum of the Moving Image (New York), the Musée du Cinema, (Brussels), De Unie (Rotterdam) and Kino Arsenal (Berlin). His films have been shown in the Berlin Film Festival; the New York Film Festival; the Sydney Film Festival; the London Film Festival; the Jerusalem Film Festival; Vue Sur Les Docs, Marseilles; and the Whitney Biennial (New York). Eisenberg’s films have won numerous awards, fellowships, and honors. Among these are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship; the D.A.A.D. Berliner Künstlerprogramm Fellowship; and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Awards include FID Marseille, arc+film Festival (Graz), Ann Arbor Film Festival, Black Maria Film and Video Festival and the New England Film Festival. His films are included in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris), Arsenal- Experimentale (Berlin), the Nederlands Filmmuseum (Amsterdam), the Haus des Dokumentarfilm (Stuttgart), and numerous university, art, and film school collections. He has also researched and edited documentaries for National Public Television, including Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years, and Vietnam: A Television History. Eisenberg lives and works in Chicago and is a Professor in the departments of Film/Video/New Media/Animation, and Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Cilly Kugelmann is program director and vice director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, a post she has held since 2002. She came to the museum as head of the education department in May 2000. In 2001, she also became head of the research and exhibition departments. Before working at the Jewish Museum Berlin, she worked at the Jewish Museum in Frankfurt am Main, directing the education program as well as public relations, and acting as curator (1986-2000). She has been part of the editorial team of the magazine “Babylon, Contributions to Contemporary Jewish Living” since 1980 and has been involved in the publication of several books on the post-war history of Jews in Germany and on anti-Semitism.
Frank Mecklenburg is Director of Research and Chief Archivist at the Leo Baeck Institute in New York, where he has been central to key activities ranging from soliciting archives from individuals (often also interviewing them for the archive), to a program in digitalization of the archives, to establishing programs to encourage and facilitate research in German-Jewish History. He is the author of Deutsche emigrierte Juristen in den USA (with Ernst C. Stiefel) and Die Ordnung der Gefängnisse: Grundlinien der Gafängnisreform und Gefängniswissenschaft en der ersten Häfte des 19 Jahrunderts in Deutschland, and editor of German Essays on Socialism in the Nineteenth Century: Theory, History, and Political Organization, 1844-1914. He has also published scholarly and professional articles about German-Jewish life and archives and the Holocaust.
Sven-Erik Rose is an Assistant Professor of French & Italian and a Jewish Studies Program Affiliate at Miami University (Ohio), where he writes and offers a range of courses on Jewish literature, thought, and cultural history in Germany and France from the Enlightenment to the present, as well as on representations of the Holocaust. He has recently published in venues such as Jewish Social Studies, French Studies, Postmodern Culture and New German Critique on topics including Jewish masculinity in the cinema of Mathieu Kassovitz; Holocaust postmemory in the work of Patrick Modiano; the 18th-century German-Jewish philosopher Lazarus Bendavid’s Kantian fantasies of Jewish decapitation; and Cold War controversies around a text by Yehoshue Perle that was unearthed as part of the Warsaw Ghetto “Oyneg Shabes” archive. He is currently completing a book with the working title The Philosophical Politics of Jewish Subjectivity in Germany 1789-1848.
Ellen Rothenberg: Social movements, politics, and history inform Ellen Rothenberg’s public projects and installations. Her work has been presented in the US and Europe at The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; The Royal Festival Hall, London; The Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and James Gallery, the Graduate Center at CUNY in NYC among others. Selected awards include grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe College and Harvard University, and the Illinois Arts Council. Adjunct Professor at the School of the Art Institute, Rothenberg lives and works in Chicago.
Alice Schreyer is Assistant Director for Preservation & Special Collections and Director of the Special Collections Research Center at the University of Chicago Library, where she began as Curator of Special Collections in 1991. Schreyer is the author of The History of Books: A Guide to Selected Resources in the Library of Congress, published by the Library of Congress in 1987; and Elective Affinities: Private Collectors & Special Collections in Libraries, published by the University of Chicago in 2001, in addition to numerous professional publications. Her research interests focus on the role of private book collectors in building research library collections.
Anna Shteynshleyger was born and grew up in Moscow and emigrated to the United States in 1992. She received her MFA from Yale University in 2001 and a John Simon Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2009. She has held solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Moti Hasson Gallery (New York), Dvir Gallery in Tel Aviv and most recently a self-titled exhibition at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. Shteynshleyger’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions at Murray Guy Gallery, The Jewish Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Art, Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago) and The Turner Contemporary Museum in Kent, England, among others. Shteynshleyger is currently an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her upcoming exhibition will be held at the International Center of Photography in New York in 2012.
Jeffrey Skoller is a writer, filmmaker and has made over a dozen films that have been exhibited in museums, universities and festivals internationally. His research focuses on the theories and aesthetics of historical representation in Avant-Garde film, video, photography and new media. Screenings and exhibitions include: The Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley; Museum of the Moving Image, NY; JP Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA, Whitney Museum, NY; P.S. 1, NY; Flaherty Film Seminar, NY; Arsenal Kino, Berlin; Mannheim Film Festival, Germany; The Latin American Film Festival, Havana; National Film Theatre, London. Skoller’s essays and articles on experimental film and video have appeared in numerous books, artist catalogues and in journals including Film Quarterly; Discourse; Afterimage; Animation, Cinematograph, among others. His books are Shadows, Specters, Shards: Making History in Avant-Garde Film (University of Minnesota Press) and POSTWAR: The Films of Daniel Eisenberg (Blackdog Press). Skoller is currently Associate Professor in Dept of Film and Media at UC Berkeley.
The New Budapest Orpheum Society is a seven–member ensemble in residence in the Division of the Humanities at the University of Chicago performing Jewish Cabaret music and political songs from the turn of the 20th century to the present, exploring original materials in Hebrew, Yiddish, and German. The cabaret group has released three CDs, most recently “Jewish Cabaret in Exile” (2009, Cedille Records) and has performed locally and internationally, from Chicago-area synagogues to Broadway to clubs in Berlin and Vienna, with frequent appearances at Jewish community and cultural organizations. The ensemble’s current project draws upon song composed for the golden age of German-Jewish and Yiddish film during the 1920s and 1930s. The Artistic Director is Philip V. Bohlman and the Music Director is Ilya Levinson.