Oct 30, 2015
The historian Prof. Dr. Dan Diner is being granted an honorary doctorate from Freie Universität Berlin. It will be presented to him by the Department of Philosophy and Humanities in a public ceremony on November 12. With this gesture the Department is recognizing Diner as a scholar who initiated a fundamental reorientation in the humanities through his studies on the significance of Jewish life worlds for an integrated European history. Diner is a professor of modern history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1999 to 2014 he was the director of the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Leipzig. The title of Diner's talk at the ceremony will be "Algerische Ouvertüren – Pierre Nora und Jacques Derrida im Widerstreit." The laudatory speech will be given by the retired Minister of State Dr. Knut Nevermann.
By awarding Dan Diner an honorary doctorate of philosophy, the Department of Philosophy and Humanities of Freie Universität Berlin is recognizing Diner for his outstanding contributions to the study of history: With his interdisciplinary approach to scholarly work, Diner made the historical developments of the 19th and 20th centuries as well as the political and cultural upheavals of our time the subject of a globally oriented historiography. His works demonstrate robustly how language can be transformed from an immediate medium of knowledge to the mode of historical judgment.
Diner's major works include Das Jahrhundert verstehen. Eine universalhistorische Deutung (1999/2015); Gedächtniszeiten. Über jüdische und andere Geschichten (2003); Versiegelte Zeit. Über den Stillstand in der islamischen Welt (2005); Gegenläufige Gedächtnisse. Über Geltung und Wirkung des Holocaust (2007); Rituelle Distanz. Israels deutsche Frage (2015). Diner is also the editor of Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur (2011ff.) published under the auspices of the Saxon Academy of Sciences, Leipzig.
This text was originally published on October 23, 2015, as a press release.