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Prof. Benjamin Pollock

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Room 3208, Rabin Building, Mount Scopus Campus

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Prof. Benjamin Pollock is the Sol Rosenbloom Associate Professor of Jewish Philosophy at the Hebrew University, where he has taught in the Department of Jewish Thought since 2015. He became director of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Center in the fall of 2017. Since fall 2020 he serves also as the chair of the Department of Jewish Thought.  

Prof. Pollock received his doctorate in Jewish Thought at Hebrew University in 2006. From 2006-2015 he taught in the Department of Religious Studies and the Jewish Studies Program at Michigan State University. He has also been guest scholar and teacher at the University of Toronto, as the Ray D. Wolfe Fellow in Jewish Studies (2004-2005) and as a Halbert Exchange Scholar (2005-2006), and at the University of Michigan, as a Fellow of the Frankel Institute for Judaic Studies and as the Padnos Guest Professor of Judaic Studies (2012).

Prof. Pollock’s field of research is modern Jewish philosophy, especially in the German context, from the Enlightenment through the 20th century. His first book, Franz Rosenzweig and the Systematic Task of Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2009), was awarded the Salo W. Baron Prize for Outstanding First Book in Jewish Studies by the American Academy of Jewish Research, and the Jordan Schnitzer Award for Best Book in the Field of Jewish Philosophy and Jewish Thought 2009-2012, by the Association for Jewish Studies. His Franz Rosenzweig’s Conversions: World Denial and World Redemption (Indiana University Press), appeared in the summer of 2014.

Prof. Pollock is currently at work on several projects. He has published a number of articles on conceptions of theocracy in modern Jewish political philosophy which he aims to shape into book form. He is working on a study of modern Jewish philosophy of language which examines, among other themes, affinities between F. Rosenzweig’s view of language and the Anglo-American tradition of ordinary language philosophy. And Prof. Pollock has begun a long-range project that explores therapeutic elements of Jewish philosophical writings on self-formation.

 

Selected Publications

Books

- Franz Rosenzweig’s Conversions: World Denial and World Redemption (Indiana University Press, 2014).

- Franz Rosenzweig and the Systematic Task of Philosophy (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

- The Philosopher as Witness: Fackenheim and Responses to the Holocaust, editor, with Michael L. Morgan (SUNY Press, 2008).
 

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

- “The Conversation of Humanity: Franz Rosenzweig on the Secrets of Biblical Narrative”. In: Prooftexts: A Journal of Jewish Literary History (forthcoming)

- “Prophecy”. In: Daniel Rynhold and Tyron Goldschmidt (eds.), Routledge Companion to Jewish Philosophy. (Routledge, forthcoming, 2023).

“‘World History in a Dictionary’: Franz Rosenzweig on Teshuva, Metanoia, and Umkehr”. In: G. Anthony Bruno and Justin Vlasits (eds.), Transformation and the HIstory of Philosophy. (Routledge, forthcoming 2022).

- “Liebet Euch Untereinander”: Else Lasker-Schüler on Antisemitism and on Divine and Human Inheritances from Fathers to Sons”. In: Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies 9 (forthcoming, 2022)

- “The Greatest Thing You’ll Ever Learn: Debating Spinoza over Loving God and Being Loved in Return.” In: M. Rosenthal (ed.), Spinoza and Modern Jewish Philosophy. (Palgrave MacMillan, forthcoming 2021).

- “Franz Rosenzweig” In: S. Goetz and C. Taliaferro (eds.), The Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Religion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2021)

- “Rosenzweig on Redeemability: 100 Years of Rosenzweig’s Star of Redemption”. In: Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 29.1 (2021).

- “‘The All and the Everyday’: Franz Rosenzweig and Ordinary Language Philosophy”. In: Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly 69 (2021): 249-279.

- “Practical Reason? Salomon Maimon and the Problem of Moral Presentation”. In: Journal for the History of Philosophy 58.4 (October, 2020): 727-754.

 - “Commentary on Fackenheim, To Mend the World”. In: Y. Kurtzer, ed., The New Jewish Canon (Academic Studies Press, 2020)

- “'The Kabbalistic Problem is not Specifically Theological': Franz Rosenzweig on Tsimtsum,” in A. Bialik-Robson and D. Weiss, eds., Tsimtsum and Modernity (De Gruyter, 2020).

-  “On God as an Object of Action: Schelling, Rosenzweig, and the Spirit of Practical Postulation,” in A. Eusterschulte and A. Kalatzis, eds., From Ionia to Jena: Franz Rosenzweig and the History of Philosophy (Berlin: Neofelis Verlag, 2020)

-  „Für alles Verantwortung übernehmen: Sprache und Normativität in Franz Rosenzweigs Denken,“ in A. Hutter and G. Sans, eds., Zeit-Sprache-Gott (Kohlhammer, 2019): 193-214.

- “Every State Becomes a Theocracy”: Hermann Cohen on the Israelites under Divine Rule,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 25, 2 (Spring, 2018): 181-199.

- “Theocracy and the Idea of God: Salomon Maimon on Judaism between True Religion and Despotism,” Philosophy, Religion, and Political Theology: Boston University Studies in Philosophy and Religion, C.A. Speight and M. Zank eds. (Springer, 2017), pp. 125-150.

 - “‘Philosophy’s Inquisitor’: Franz Rosenzweig’s Philo between Judaism, Paganism, and Christianity,” Studia Philonica Annual: Studies in Hellenistic Judaism 27 (2015).

- “The Political Perfection of Original Judaism: Pedagogical Governance and Ecclesiastical Power in Mendelssohn’s Jerusalem,” Harvard Theological Review 108, 2 (April, 2015): 167-96.

- “To Infinity and Beyond: Cohen and Rosenzweig on Comportment towards Redemption,” in M. Morgan and S. Weitzman, eds., The Messianic Idea in Judaism Revisited (Indiana University Press, 2014).

 - “On the Road to Marcionism: Franz Rosenzweig’s Early Theology,” The Jewish Quarterly Review 102, No. 2 (Spring, 2012): 224-255.

- “‘Within Earshot of the Young Hegel’: Rosenzweig’s ‘Letter to Rudi of September, 1910,’” in C. Wiese and M. Urban, eds., German-Jewish Thought Between Religion and Politics (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2012), pp. 185-207.

 - “Rosenzweig’s ‘Oldest System-Program,’” New German Critique 111 (Fall 2010).

- “Thought Going to School with Life? Fackenheim’s Last Philosophical Testament,” AJS Review 31 (March 2007), No. 1.

 - “From Nation State to World Empire: Franz Rosenzweig’s Redemptive Imperialism,” Jewish Studies Quarterly 11 (2004), No. 4.


Co-Editor

 

- Benjamin Pollock, guest editor, with Christian Wiese, Journal of Jewish Thought and Philosophy 29, 1 (Spring, 2021), special issue on “Franz Rosenzweig on Redeemability.”

- Benjamin Pollock, Daniel Weidner, Christian Wiese, Naharaim. Zeitschrift für deutsch-jüdische Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte 16 (forthcoming, 2022), 1–2.

- Benjamin Pollock, editor, with Daniel Weidner and Christian Wiese, Naharaim. Zeitschrift für deutschjüdische Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte 15 (2021), 1–2 (De Gruyter).

- Benjamin Pollock, editor, with Daniel Weidner and Christian Wiese, Naharaim. Zeitschrift für deutschjüdische Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte 14 (2020), 1–2 (De Gruyter). 

- Benjamin Pollock, editor, with Daniel Weidner and Christian Wiese, Naharaim. Zeitschrift für deutschjüdische Literatur- und Kulturgeschichte 13 (2019), 1–2 (De Gruyter).

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Dr. Jan Kühne

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Bio

Jan Kühne, born in Dresden, studied at the Ruprecht Karls University in Heidelberg and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the Martin Buber Society of Fellows, has been an associate post-doctoral research fellow and scholar-artist at the Israeli Institute for Advanced Studies, and is currently an affiliated researcher at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History.

 

His Ph.D. research was dedicated to the German-Jewish writer Sammy Gronemann (1875-1952). Besides documenting Gronemann’s largely unknown Israeli and dramatic oeuvre (1936-1952), this project includes studies in the field of German-Jewish literature in Palestine and Israel. The dissertation was published under: ”Die zionistische Komödie im Drama Sammy Gronemanns – Über Ursprünge und Eigenarten einer latenten Gattung“ (Berlin & Boston 2020). On the basis of this research, Kühne initiated and serves as editor in chief of the ongoing Critical Edition of Collected Works by Sammy Gronemann, of which three volumes have already been published.

 

During his Ph.D. research, Kühne was also a Rosenzweig-fellow. Among other projects, he participated in the Traces of German-Jewish History and took care of the arrangement and description of the Habimah Administrative Archive 1925–1933 at the Israeli Center for the Documentation of the Performing Arts at Tel Aviv University.

 

Currently, Kühne is working on a new book devoted to German and Hebrew multilingualism in literature and performance. While mapping the diversity of multilingual modalities in modern German-Jewish and Hebrew literature, he focuses on homophonic translation as a hitherto unacknowledged multilingual device in Jewish literatures and performances of German affinity.

 

Since 2020, Dr. Kühne serves as co-coordinator of the research group Between Jewish languages: Literature, Thought and History , a joint project of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem with the Rosenzweig Center and with the Taube Center for Jewish Studies at Stanford University.

 

Selected Publications

Monographs

•    2020, Die zionistische Komödie im Drama Sammy Gronemanns. Über Ursprünge und Eigenarten einer latenten Gattung. Conditio Judaica 94, Berlin/Boston 2020. (with a foreword by Jakob Hessing)

 

Peer-Reviewed Articles

•    2021 [forthcoming] The Backstage of the Eye: On Interrupting Sight in Order to See, in Performance Research 26.3.

•    2021 [in press] Dan Pagis' Bilingual Poem "Ein Leben" – An Ophthalmologic Poetics of German-Hebrew Eye-Contact, in Leo Baeck Yearbook.

•    2021 [in press] “Nathan Alterman’s Bilingual Adaptation of Heinrich Heine’s ’Lorelei’: Hebrew-German Homophony as Parody”, in Carmen Reichert, Bettina Bannasch and Alfred Wildfeuer (eds.), Zukunft der Sprache, Zukunft der Nation. Debatten um jüdische Sprache und Literatur im Kontext von Mehrsprachigkeit und Nationbuilding, Berlin.

•    2019, “A German-Hebrew French Kiss: On Bilingual Homophony and Other Multilingual Intimacies in German-Jewish Literature,” in Yearbook for European Jewish Literature Studies 6, pp. 41–89.

•     2018, “A Parable of three Languages.”Nathan der Weise” in Arabic, Hebrew, and German,” in Lessing Yearbook XLV, pp. 93–111.

•    2017, “German-Jewish Literature in Mandate Palestine and Israel (1933-2017)” [ספרות יהודית גרמנית בתקופת היישוב ובמדינת ישראל (2017-1933)], in חידושים [Chidushim] 19, pp. 121-44.

•    2016, “Of the Two the Jew is – (Curtain falls.)” — Sammy Gronemann’s Dramaturgy of the German-Jewish Encounter in Mandate-Palestine/Israel (1936-1952), in Jewish Culture and History 17.1, pp. 254-274.

•    2013, “The German Archive of the Hebrew Habima: Bureaucracy and Identity” (Co-Author: Shelly Zer-Zion), in Naharaim 7.1-2, pp. 239-260.

 

Book Chapters

•    [forthcoming 2022] "Zionistisches Drama", in: Handbuch "Orte und Räume, ed. by Primus-Heinz Kucher and Alexandra Strohmaier.

•    [forthcoming 2022] "Fortschreibungen", in: Handbuch "Wechselbeziehungen, ed. by Olaf Terpitz, Marianne Windsperger and Gerald Lamprecht.

•    2018, “’Wo wohnst Du nun zwischen diesen Worten’? Zur Translingualität (Deutschsprachig) Jüdischer Literatur,” in Stefanie Willeke and Norbert Eke, Zwischen den Sprachen Mit der Sprache? Deutschsprachige Literatur in Palästina Und Israel, Paderborn, pp. 41–62.

•    2015, “’Deutschlands besseres Selbst‘? – Nathan der Weise in Israel,” in Dirk Niefanger et al. (eds.), Lessing und das Judentum, Hildesheim, pp. 433–458.

•    “Tohuwabohu”, in Dan Diner (ed.), Enzyklopädie jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur, Vol. 6, Stuttgart/Weimar 2015, pp. 127–131.

•    2015, “Deutschsprachige jüdische Literatur in Palästina/Israel”, in Hans Otto Horch (ed.), Handbuch der deutsch-jüdischen Literatur, Berlin & Boston, pp. 201–220.

 

Editor

•    [forthcoming 2021] Performance Research 26.3. – On Interruption. (Co-Edited with Freddie Rokem)

•    Sammy Gronemann: Hawdoloh und Zapfenstreich. Gronemann Kritische Gesamtausgabe (GKG), Vol. 3, Conditio Judaica 92/3, Berlin/Boston 2020. (co-edited and co-commented with Hanni Mittelmann)

•    Sammy Gronemann: Tohuwabohu. GKG, Vol. 2. Conditio Judaica 92/2, Berlin/Boston 2019. (co-edited and co-commented with Joachim Schlör)

•    Sammy Gronemann: Gesammelte Dramen. GKG, Vol. 1, Conditio Judaica 92/1, Berlin/Boston 2018. (with a foreword by Jakob Hessing)

 

Reviews

•    2021: Robert Kelz, Competing Germanies: Nazi, Antifascist, and Jewish Theater in German Argentina, 1933-1965. In: Europe Now Journal (Council for European Studies), <https://www.europenowjournal.org/2021/04/01/competing-germanies-a-study-of-two-german-exile-theaters-in-buenos-aires-by-robert-kelz-2/>

•    2020: משה והומרוס: יוונים, יהודים, גרמנים: סיפור אחר של התרבות הגרמנית — ברנד ויטה קורא תיגר על התרבות היהודית־גרמנית — Bernd Witte, Moses und Homer: Griechen, Juden, Deutsche: Eine andere Geschichte der deutschen Kultur, Berlin / Boston 2018, 384 pp. In: חידושים [Chidushim], 22, pp. 148-152.

•    2020: Mehrsprachige Schönheitsflecken: Zwischen den Zeilen. Ed. by Yael Almog and Michal Zamir. In: Fixpoetry, <https://www.fixpoetry.com/feuilleton/kritik/yael-almog-michal-zamir/zwischen-den-zeilen>

•    2020: „‚That such is man…‘ – Nathan der Weise in Amerika: Nathan auf Reisen. Stationen einer transatlantischen Rezeptionsgeschichte by Kristina-Monika Kocyba“. In: Hagalil, <https://www.hagalil.com/2020/04/nathan-der-weise-in-amerika/>

•    2020: „Deutsche und zentraleuropäische Juden in Palästina und Israel. Ed. by Anja Siegemund“. In: Hagalil <https://www.hagalil.com/2020/03/siegemund/>

•    2018: “Das israelische Theater. Noten und Notizen by Matthias Morgenstern”. In: Zeitschrift für Theaterpädagogik 72, pp. 60-1.

•    2018: “Zwischen allen Bühnen. Die Jeckes und das hebräische Theater 1933-1948 by Thomas Lewy, and: The German Jews and the Hebrew Theatre: A Clash between Western and Eastern Europe by Tom Lewy.“ In: German Studies Review 41.2, pp. 419-21.

•    2013: “Das Gastspiel. Friedrich Lobe und das hebräische Theater 1933-1950” by Sebastian Schirrmeister. In: PaRDeS 19, pp. 256-9.

See also:

https://shamash.academia.edu/JanKühne

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Dr. Amit Levy

Managing Editor of "Naharaim: Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Culture History"
Research Coordinator of "Traces and Treasures of German-Jewish History in Israel"
Research Fellow 2016-17

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Amit Levy is a postdoctoral fellow in the George L. Mosse Program in History (University of Wisconsin–Madison & Hebrew University of Jerusalem). As a cultural and intellectual historian, he is interested in the ways migrating knowledge affects transnational and inter-cultural encounters, especially in imperial and colonial contexts. In his PhD project (Department of History, HUJI, where he also completed his MA studies), entitled A New Orient: German-Jewish Oriental Studies in Palestine/Israel, 1926–1963, Amit studied the migration of Orientalist knowledge from German universities to Palestine/Israel and the encounter of Arabic and Islamic Studies scholars with the Orient. He is now developing a new project which will explore encounters of migrating and local knowledge in British Mandate Jerusalem, starting with the British-Arab-Jewish initiative of the Palestine Folk Museum (1936-1948). 

Since 2019 Amit also serves as the managing editor of the FRMRC's Naharaim: Journal of German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History.

He was the research coordinator of the joint project of the FRMRC, DLA Marbach and the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow, Traces and Treasures of German-Jewish History in Israel.

 

 

Selected Publications

- (co-authored with Hanan Harif) “‘A Complete, Multifaceted Discipline’: The Debate over the History of Jews in Muslim Lands and its Teaching at the Institute of Jewish Studies and the School of Oriental Studies, 1948–1955,” in: Uzi Revhun and Yfaat Weiss (eds.), The History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 5th volume (accepted; forthcoming) [IN HEBREW].

- “The Archive as Storyteller: Refractions of German-Jewish Oriental Studies Migration in Personal Archives,” Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts / Dubnow Institute Yearbook XVII (2018), pp. 425–446.

- ”A Man of Contention: Martin Plessner (1900–1973) and His Encounters with the Orient,” Naharaim 10.1 (2016), pp. 79-100.

- "'The Sheik': Understanding American Orientalism through Visual and Narrative Differences in Three Decades of Discussion,” Slil 10 (Winter 2016), pp. 39-57. [IN HEBREW]

- "'Ma'alesh, Nistader': Arabic in the Folklore of the Palmach during the 1940s,” Hayo Haya 11 (Autumn 2015), pp. 46-66. [IN HEBREW]

 

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