Research Spotlight

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Tropes and structures of earlier Zionist utopian novels

Joshua Shelly was one of our fellows at the 2021-2022 academic year.

As part of the Carolina-Duke program in German Studies, Shelly's doctoral project, entitled "Writing a Future State: Spatial Imaginaries of German Jewish Literature, 1847-1932", explores German-language Zionist utopias and related literary texts written at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth centuries.

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Theology in the Realm of the Profane: The Concept of Religion in Siegfried Kracauer’s Philosophy

Ansgar Martins (PhD candidate, Goethe University in Frankfurt), focuses on Siegfried Kracauer's rather less well-known reflections on the philosophy and history of religion(s). The heart piece of his theological thought was the notion that (divine) truth could no longer be grasped directly but only negatively through the criticism of the profane world.