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Adrian Paukstat

Visiting Research Fellow
adrian.paukstat@phil.uni-augsburg.de
Bauernfeindstraße 34, 86159 Augsburg, Germany

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Adrian Paukstat has studied English, history and political science at the university of Augsburg. He currently works at the department of political theory at the university of Augsburg, where he teaches undergraduate and graduate students and writes his dissertation under the supervision of Professor Marcus Llanque. He has published on political Islam and neo-right-wing movements in Germany and his first book on the concept of statehood in the political theories of Michel Foucault and Nicos Poulantzas is currently being prepared for publication.

 

Dissertation Project

Adrians dissertation project deals with the reception of messianic thought in modern political philosophy. It aims at a broad intellectual history of messianic strands of thought in progressive political theologies, relating messianic ideas to utopian political thought and the idea of human emancipation. The German-Jewish tradition of thinkers such as Gershom Scholem, Franz Rosenzweig and Martin Buber is hereby understood as a point of departure, which, specifically in its criticism of and engagement with the legacy of German Idealism, provides a key influence reaching from Frankfurt school critical theory, the political messianism of Jacques Derrida, on to the recent debates of a re-reading of the letters of Paul, specifically so, in the political philosophies of Alain Badiou and Slavoj Žižek. The project aims to show how these highly diverse receptions of messianic traditions can be understood as constituting different positionings within the conceptual field of tension constituted by the basic contradictions of messianic discourse, these being: transcendence/immanence, universalism/particularism and activism/quietism. Furthermore, it attempts to show in which respects all of these debates constitute an examination of the possibility of a post-metaphysical conception of social totality in the form of a continuing engagement with the legacy of German idealism in its various forms.

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Rahel Perets-Wagner

Research Fellow 2004

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Rahel Perets-Wagner was a Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from January 2004 to September 2004. Her research topic was titled "Das Deutschlandbild in der neueren hebräischen Literatur".

 

 

 

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Dr. Leena Petersen

Research Fellow 2007-9

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Leena Petersen was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from October 2007 to April 2008. Her research topic was "Negative Aesthetics in German-Jewish Thought". She presented this research project at the BAJS 2010, an extended article of which was published by the BAJS in 2011 under the title "On Aniconism and Negative Aesthetics in German-Jewish Thought in the 19th/20th Century".

 

From April 2008 to June 2009 Leena Petersen was an associated research fellow at the Rosenzweig Center and worked on the comparative research project "Transformations of the Utopian. From Jewish Apologetics to Dialectics of the Enlightenment" at the University of Sussex.

 

 

 

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Dr. Sandro Pignotti

Research Fellow 2006-7

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Sandro Pignotti was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from October 2006 to June 2007. His research topic was titled "Der mündliche Lehrbegriff in Franz Kafka und Walter Benjamin". It was published in 2009 under the titled "Walter Benjamin. Judentum und Literatur", Rombach Verlag, Freiburg i.B.

 

 

 

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Dr. Dror Pimentel

Research Fellow 2004-5

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Dror Pimentel was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from January 2004 to September 2004 and from January 2005 to September 2005. His research topic was titled "Heidegger and Racism". It was published under the title "The Dream of Purity: Heidegger with Derrida", Jerusalem: Magness Press, 2009 (Hebrew).

 

 

 

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Dr. Lucia Pizarro Wehlen

Research Fellow 2005

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Lucia Pizarro was a Post Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from January 2005 to September 2005. Her research topic was "Death in Franz Rosenzweig's Thought: the Shortcomings of Existentialists Accounts".

During her fellowship at the Rosenzweig Center she also wrote the following article: "Hegel's Reading of Rosenzweig",  Entre VerAndo, Universidad Veracruzana, July 2010.

 

 

 

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Dr. Madleen Podewski

Research Fellow 2003-5

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Madleen Podewski was a Minerva Foundation Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from March 2003 to February 2005. Her research topic was titled "Das Projekt einer deutsch-jüdischen Literatur. Literaturkritik in deutsch-jüdischen Zeitschriften im Nachmärz und der Weimarer Republik".

 

 

 

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Anna Pollmann

Anna Pollmann

Affiliated Fellow

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Anna Pollmann is affiliated to the Rosenzweig Center from November 2016 to January 2017. Since 2008 she is a Research assistant and Doctoral student at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture/Leipzig University. There she submitted her PhD under the title "Fragments from End Time. Günther Anders on Mass Annihilation and Loss of History" in summer 2016 as part of the larger project "Hidden Presence", which dealt with the impact of the Holocaust in the German-speaking Left. She also taught courses in Post War Intellectual History. She studied modern and contemporary History and Cultural Studies at Leipzig University and Universidade de Lisboa and graduated 2007 with a thesis titled "Productivity and Difference" on antisemitism in the fist German women's movement.

 

Current Project

In her time in Jerusalem she prepares a German-Israeli cooperation project on the digital documentation and presentation of the German-Jewish Journal Die Kreatur (1926-1930). The journal was edited by Martin Buber, Viktor von Weizsäcker and Joseph Wittig at the Berlin based publishing house Lambert Schneider. The planned project focuses the journal as a case study of an interconfessional intellectual network, the specific semantics of a periodical and as a medium of interaction between different scientific discourses such as humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Rather than understanding the journal as a "container" this project seeks to explore Die Kreatur in its discursive complexity and as a medium to generate a certain form of cultural knowldege. In the initial research phase in Jerusalem the materials of Martin Buber, Hugo Bergmann and Ernst Simon (both contributors) are of high interest. A workshop in January 2017 will bring together experts from the field of Jewish Studies and Digital Humanities to explore the possibilities for digitally accessing and representing the specific network of this medium.

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Benjamin Pollock

Research Fellow 2001-3

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Benjamin Pollock was a Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from October 2001 to June 2002 and from October 2002 to June 2003. His research topic was titled "Philosophical Memory and Jewish Memory as Paths to Truth in Rosenzweig's System of Philosophy".

This research was published as a book under the title "Franz Rosenzweig and the Systematic Task of Philosophy", Cambridge University Press, 2009. It was awarded the Salo Baron Prize by the American Academy for Jewish Research.

 

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Dr. Judith Poppe

Research Fellow 2013
judith.poppe@mailbox.org

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‎Current Affiliation or Position: correspondent for Israel and the palestinian territories for the daily German newspaper "die tageszeitung".

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Judith Poppe earned her PhD in 2016 at the University of Göttingen. Her dissertation examines Israeli literature written in the German language by focussing on the poetry of the two writers Jenny Aloni and Netti Boleslav. Judith was a fellow at the Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center in 2013 and arranged and described the papers of Netti Boleslav in the National Library of Israel in 2015 (as part of the project Traces and Treasures of German-Jewish History in Israel). She has been studying German and Romanic Literature/Language and Cultural Anthropology in Göttingen and Perugia (Italy), and was a researcher and Teaching Assistant at Wayne State University, Detroit (USA).

 

Publications

- "'Ich dichte in die wüste Zeit' - Ich-Konstruktionen in der Lyrik der deutschsprachigen Schriftsteller_innen Israels Jenny Aloni und Netti Boleslav". Dissertation. Göttingen 2016. E- Publikation: https://ediss.uni-goettingen.de/handle/11858/00-1735-0000-0028-86AD-7

- "'Mein literarisches Feld ist auf einsamer Erde' – Netti Boleslav, eine deutschsprachige Lyrikerin Israels". In: Medaon, Magazin für jüdisches Leben in Forschung und Bildung. Ausgabe 7 (2013), 12.

- "'Zwischen 'unauffindbarem Gestern' und dem 'Himmel voll Zuversicht'? Konzeptionen der Alten und der Neuen Heimat bei deutschsprachigen Schriftsteller/innen Israels". In: Tel Aviver Jahrbuch für deutsche Geschichte. Ausgabe 41 (2013), Deutsche(s) in Palästina und Israel. Alltag, Kultur, Politik .

- "Ihr nennt es Sprache oder Spiegel an der Wand". In: Rolf Dieter Brinkmann: Seine Gedichte in Einzelinterpretationen, hg. von Jan Röhnert, Gunter Geduldig. Berlin 2012.

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Dr. Asif Rahamim

Affiliated Post-Doctoral Fellow 2021-2023
Research Fellow 2020-2021
asif.rahamim@mail.huji.ac.il
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Asif Rahamim is a PhD-candidate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He studied Comparative Literature and Philosophy at the Hebrew University, and wrote his MA dissertation on postmodern places and spaces in the work of Franz Kafka.

Research

My research project deals with the poetry of two post-holocaust poets: German writing Paul Celan, and Hebrew writing Avot Yeshurun. The study focuses on both of the poets’ unique approach to poetic language as means for orientation and place-making. Exploring the connection between cartography and politics, power relations, oppression, and exclusion, the study wishes to point out the revolutionary potential embedded in the act of poetic place-making and in poetic cartography in particular as a Genenwort arena, in which ethically oriented attempts to map differently constitute a form of resistance to the dominant social, political, and historical norm.

 

 

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Dr. Roni Ratzkovsky

Research Fellow 2012

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Roni Ratzkovsky was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center in 2012.

Her project investigated the important – and often overlooked – role played by German-Jewish intellectuals as cultural mediators between Germany and France, in the turbulent years of the early 20th century and up to the rise of the Nazis to power. This research sought to shed light on the function of Paris in German-Jewish discourse in the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

 

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Dr. Elisheva Regbi-Shafir

Research Fellow 2002-3

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Elisheva Regbi-Shafir was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from October 2002 to June 2003.

Her research topic was "The Effect of the Third Reich on Music Historiography in the later 20th Century: A Study in Reception History".

 

 

 

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