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Workshop: Jewish Borderlands – Language, Literature and Culture, 1900 to the Present

May 22, 2014 - May 23, 2014


Thursday, May 22, 2014
9:30-10:00 Welcome & Introduction

Doreen Densky (Tufts University)
Between Involvement and Detachment: Aesthetics, Politics, and the Art of Negotiation in Modern German-Jewish Writings

Sylvia Jaworski (ETH Zürich)
Writing Along the Edge. Assimilation, Liminality, and Authenticity in the Writing of Artur Sandauer (1913-1989)

Susanne Zepp (Freie Universität Berlin/Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig)
Límites y fronteras. Max Aub’s Poems on Borders


Marc Caplan (Johns Hopkins University)
A Disenchanted Elijah: Language, Voice, and the Dissimulation of Self in S. Ansky’s Destruction of Galicia

Arnd Wedemeyer (ICI Berlin)
Max Brod’s War Games, 1918/1948


Lesung von Barbara Honigmann

Mit anschließendem Empfang

© Peter-Andreas Hassiepen

Friday, May 23, 2014

Rachel Seelig (Hebrew University)
Gertrud Kolmar’s Orientalist Expedition

Kata Gellen (Duke University)
Narration Against Tone: The Violent Harmony of Soma Morgenstern’s Sparks in the Abyss


William C. Donahue (Duke University)
“Das überirdische Licht”: Barbara Honigmann and the Transcendence of the Religious-Secular Divide

Malte Kleinwort (FernUniversität Hagen)
Jewish Non-Identity in Imre Kertész’ Fatelessness


Elke Dubbels (Universität Bonn)
Holy, but Living: Franz Rosenzweig on the Hebrew Language

Ann-Kathrin Pollmann (Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig)
Conservation Room of History. Günther Anders in American Exile


Natasha Gordinsky (University of Haifa)
Writing in a Jewish (post-)Soviet Language: Anya Ulinich’s Petropolis

Jan Schwarz (Lund University)
Performing Yiddish Culture in Poland in the Aftermath of the Holocaust

18:30-19:00 Concluding Discussion

The workshop will take place in English. The reading will be in German.

Guests are welcome with prior registration. Please indicate whether you would like to attend the workshop and/or the reading. For questions and to register, please email kata.gellen@duke.edu by May 15, 2014.

This event is organized by Kata Gellen, post-doc fellow of the VolkswagenStiftung. The event has been supported by the Department of Germanic Languages and Literature and the Center for Jewish Studies at Duke University, the VolkswagenStiftung and the Dahlem Humanities Center of the Freie Universität Berlin.



Time & Location

May 22, 2014 - May 23, 2014

Freie Universität Berlin „Rostlaube“, Seminarzentrum, Raum L 113, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem