Lecture series on Israel and Middle East Studies







Research colloquium in the winter term of 2015/ 16:


Research colloquium in the summer term of 2015:



Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg, Room S 2

Thursday, 4-6pm (exceptions: Wednesday, 4-6pm on May 13 and June 3)

Dr. Johannes Becke, Assistant Professor





April 16: Sara Hirschhorn (University of Oxford)

Unsettled questions: On the research methodology of studying Israeli ultra-nationalism and the settler movement


April 23: Yemima Cohen-Aharoni (Hebrew University)

Speedily and in our days: Temple activism and collective memory in Israel


April 30: Johannes Becke (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg)

Between post-genocidal identity politics and 'Islamwissenschaft': Paradigms and research gaps in German research on Israel

May 7: Jenny Hestermann (Fritz-Bauer-Institut)

Between ‚private pilgrimage‘ and ‚normalization‘: Konrad Adenauer and Willy Brandt in the Holy Land


May 14: Derek Penslar (University of Oxford)

What is Israel Studies?


May 28: Magdalena Kirchner (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik)

Sitting on the fence or going in: Syria’s neighbors and the civil war


June 18: Daniel Mahla (Technische Universität Berlin)

(En)Countering Zionism: The Orthodox Agudat Yisrael confronts Modern Jewish Nationalism


June 29: Angelika Timm (frühere Leiterin des Seminars für Israelwissenschaften, Humboldt-Universität)

On the history of Israel Studies in the German Democratic Republic (in German)


July 2: Josef Herbasch (Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg)

Theories of Exile in Jewish Ultra-Orthodoxy


July 9: Stephan Stetter (Universität der Bundeswehr München)

Of Structural Couplings and Irritations: EU and German Foreign Policy vis-à-vis Israel and the Middle East


July 16: Shelley Harten (Freie Universität Berlin)

The Manufacture of a Hebrew Orient. Representations of the "Orient" and the "Arab" in Zionist and Eretz-Israeli High Arts, 1906-1948




Latest Revision: 2017-06-26