Conference: ‘Jewish Questions’ in International Politics. Diplomacy, Rights, and Intervention

Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig
University
12/06/2014-13/06/2014,

Leipzig, Simon Dubnow Institute, Goldschmidt 28,
04103 Leipzig, Gr. Seminarraum

In recent years a growing number of works have studied the role Jews
played in shaping the international system in the 19th and 20th
centuries to defend the rights of Jews in Europe and beyond. Dealing
with ‘Jewish questions’ such as citizenship and emancipation as well as
experiences of persecution, this field of research at the same time
reflects structures and problems of modern international politics more
generally.

The Dubnow Institute 2014 annual conference presents fresh studies on
this subject matter and seeks to discuss the historiographical and
conceptual questions that arise from the ‘transnational turn’ in modern
Jewish history. The papers in the conference will explore topics
relating to Jews and European empire, international organization,
transnational philanthropy, humanitarian intervention, minority rights,
human rights and collective claims.

Conference Programme


Thursday, 12 June

9.15 WELCOME
Markus Kirchhoff (Leipzig) / Gil Rubin (New York)

9.20 INTRODUCTION
Dan Diner (Leipzig/Jerusalem)

9.30 TRADITION AND MODERNITY
Chair: Frauke von Rohden (Leipzig)

Menachem Lorberbaum (Tel Aviv)
The Diasporic Predicament: The Law of the Kingdom is Law

Israel Bartal (Jerusalem/New Brunswick)
Transforming Jewish Politics: From shtadlanut to Diplomacy

11.00 Coffee Break

11.15 MODERN CONJUNCTURES
Chair: Jörg Deventer (Leipzig)

Markus Kirchhoff
Against the Backdrop of Westphalian Order: Leo Gross, the Congress of
Vienna and the “Jewish Question”

Carsten Wilke (Budapest)
Competitive Advocacy: The Romanian Committee of Berlin and the Alliance
Israélite Universelle, 1872-1878

12.45 Lunch Break

14.00 ORDER IN DECLINE
Chair: Stefan Hofmann (Leipzig)

Eric D. Weitz (New York)
From Congress Diplomacy to the Great War – On the Emergence of
Minorities Politics, 1878-1914

Marcos Silber (Haifa)
Politics of Interim: The Jewish National Councils 1917-1919

15.30 Coffee Break

15.45 INTERNATIONALISMS
Chair: Gil Rubin

Abigail Green (Oxford)
What was different about Jewish internationalism?

Samuel Moyn (New York)
Two Concepts of Jewish Internationalism: From the Normative to the
Structural

James Loeffler (Charlottesville)
“How We Imagine the Future World”: Rethinking Internationalism in Jewish
Political and Legal Thought

18.00 Closure of the first conference day

Friday, 13 June

9.00 INTERWAR
Chair: Markus Kirchhoff

Jaclyn Granick (Geneva)
“Shifting as the Sands”: Jewish Refugee Relief after WW I

David Engel (New York)
The Elite and the Street: Jewish Diplomacy before and after the
Schwarzbard Affair, 1926/27

Philipp Graf (Leipzig)
The Bernheim Petition 1933 – Probing the Limits of Jewish Diplomacy

11.15 Coffee Break

11.30 NEGLECTED EXPERIENCES
Chair: Momme Schwarz (Leipzig)

Miriam Rürup (Hamburg)
(Re)defining Citizens: On the Status of Statelessness after Two World
Wars

Gil Rubin (New York)
Jewish History as International History: Salo Baron between Politics and
Historiography

13.00 Lunch Break

14.15 CONSTRAINTS OF STATEHOOD
Chair: Arndt Engelhardt (Leipzig)

Nathan Kurz (New Haven)
The Jewish Politics of Decolonization: The Case of French Morocco

Carole Fink (Columbus)
Negotiating after Negotiations: Nahum Goldmann and West Germany,
1969-1974

15.45 Concluding Discussion

—————————-

Please note: Guests are welcome with prior registration. For questions
and to register please email
Lukas Böckmann: boeckmann@dubnow.de

This event has been generously supported by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung

————————————————————————
Jörg  Deventer

Simon Dubnow Institute, Goldschmidtstr. 28, 04103 Leipzig

deventer@dubnow.de


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *