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Eli Schonfeld

Research Fellow 2001-2

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 Eli Schonfeld was a Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from October 2001 to June 2002 and from October 2002 to December 2002.

His research topic was titled "Rosenzweig and Levinas on Political Theology".

 

 

 

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Dr. Dani Schrire

Research Fellow 2013

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Dani Schrire was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center in the summer semester of 2013. His research project was titled "The Emergence of Jewish Folklore in International Scholarly Networks".

 

 

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Ray Schrire

Ray Schrire

Researcher

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Ray Schrire is an MA student in the Department of History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and affiliated with the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center. In 2013, he graduated from the Department of Philosophy in the Honors Program for Outstanding Students of History, where he researched the art and visual culture of the Weimar Republic through the study of Weimar émigré self-portraits. Ray teaches a course about methodological developments in the discipline of history in the 19th and 20th centuries and is part of the editorial board of the History Department’s Journal, Hayo-Haya. His current research interests are cultural history, history of science, and organization of knowledge in Germany during the 18th and 19th century. Because of his special interest in knowledge organization within German Environmentalism, Ray decided to participate in the project of cataloging the papers of Heinrich Mendelssohn at the Archives for the History of Tel Aviv University. He takes particular interest in the ways German Environmentalism was introduced to the Israeli sphere through the work of Mendelssohn. Within the framework of the Traces of German-Jewish History project, Ray and his colleagues Netta Cohen and Itamar Manoff are currently researching the ways in which the idea and practice of environment protection interacted with nationalism in Israel.

 

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Yossef (Yossi) Schwartz

Research Fellow 1993-94
yschwart@tauex.tau.ac.il
Isabellastr. 24, 80796 München
Current Affiliation or Position: Associate Professor, The Cohn Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Ideas, Tel Aviv …
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Paula Schwebel

Research Fellow 2010

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Paula Schwebel was a Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from January to September 2010. Her research project was titled "Walter Benjamin's Monadology".

 

 

 

 

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Dr. Galili Shahar

Research Fellow 2004-5

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Galili Shahar 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 project during the first year was titled "The Avant-Garde and the Jews: Theatre and the german-Jewish discourse on Modernity (Gustav Landauer, Martin Buber)". During the second year it was "Die unheilige Sprache: Versuch über die neue Literatur im Hebräischen".

Galili Shahar is currently a Professor of Comparative Literature at the Department of Literature, Tel Aviv University.

 

 

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Ghilad Shenhav

Research Fellow 2018-19

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Ghilad Shenhav is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Martin Buber Professorship in Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, and in the Porter School of Cultural Studies in Tel-Aviv University (Co-Tutelle). He teaches courses in Modern German-Jewish Thought and was part of the Graduate School “Theology and Science” in Goethe University. He studied philosophy and literature in Tel-Aviv University, and graduated with great honors with a thesis entitled “Democracy To-Come: Between Theory and Practice”. His research interests include German-Jewish thought, continental philosophy, Talmud and Jewish Mysticism.

Research Project

Research title: "Abyss and Messiah: Reflections on the Question of Language." This research wishes to address the foundational question of language, as epitomized and resonated in (within) the concepts of the Abyss and the Messiah. As guides to the depths of the Abyss and in the footsteps of the Messiah, I have chosen the German-Jewish historian and thinker Gershom Scholem, founder of the modern research field of Jewish mysticism, and to his side as a second voice, the French-Jewish philosopher Jacques Derrida, one of the most important thinkers in the second half of twentieth century. The concepts "Abyss" (Abgrund / תהום), and "Messiah" (Messias / משיח) haunt the writings of these two authors, where they serve as horrifying terms, which deconstruct and undermine the boundaries of language and its modes of representation. However, at the same time, these terms allude to a playful realm of thought in which seriousness and irony, origin and translation, catastrophe and redemption, concealment and performativity, conjoin and challenge foundational hierarchies and genealogies of language itself.  In terms of its direct contribution, this dissertation wishes to radicalize the current state of German-Jewish Studies, by expending its realms – both of sources and perspectives. By closely reading the works of Scholem and Derrida, accompanied by referring directly to the Jewish and Hebrew sources which underlie these works, I will discuss the terms Abyss and Messiah and show how they help us to rethink the problem of language in the twentieth first century. Such "abysmal discussion" will prove the necessity and potential of thinking about modern philosophical problems with concepts from Western thought alongside sources from Jewish tradition.

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Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan

Research Fellow 2019-20
jonnes@gmail.com
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Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan is a PhD candidate at the department for Jewish history and contemporary Jewry in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He was a fellow of the Hoffman Leadership and Responsibility Program (2015-2018) and a recipient of the Leo Baeck Fellowship (2018-2019). In recent years, Yonatan has published on the circles of socialist German-speaking Emigres in Palestine, and on the establishment of early German-Israeli intellectual ties in the field of humanities. His dissertation project, "A Continental Tradition in Transit: Émigré Historians and German History in the Israeli Academy", is written under the supervision of Prof. Yfaat Weiss.

Dissertation Project

My dissertation project, stemming from an interest in the intersections between migration history, transfer of knowledge, comparative historiography and Central-European/Israeli intellectual history, focuses on the lives and works of German-speaking émigré historians in Israel and their approach to modern German history and German historiography from the early 1960s to the mid-1980s. The core of the project explores in depth the intellectual paths of Uriel Tal, Shlomo Na'aman and Walter Grab. It aims to reveal various interpretational patterns within their works, presumably linked to their unique positioning as double-placed historians, and active participants in an international exchange and reconfiguration process, which set the conditions for historiographical shifts in the study of modern German history, taking place from the late 1950s onwards.

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Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan

Researcher
yonatan.dayan@mail.huji.ac.il

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Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan is a doctoral student at the Department for Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main scholarly interests are situated in the fields of intellectual and political history of the 19th and 20th century, intellectual immigration and two-directional transfers of knowledge and habitus. Yonatan works in the project Traces and Treasures of German-Jewish History, and takes part in a joint German-Israeli research project, a collaboration between the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute in Jerusalem, the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center and the German Ministry for Research and Education (BMBF), investigating German-Israeli relations in the field of Humanities.

Research Project

Yonatan's dissertation project, written under the supervision of Prof. Yfaat Weiss, is devoted to the life and works of Israeli émigré historians who engaged in Modern German History and their discursive contributions to the international and moreover to West-German historiography.

 

Selected Publications

- "'In  die  Wüsste  geschickt': The Re-education of German POWs as a German-Jewish Task", Naharaim vol. 11, issue 2 (2016) (forthcoming).

- With Irene Aue-Ben-David, "Observant Ventures: Early German-Israeli Conferences on German History", Jahrbuch des Simon-Dubnow-Instituts XV, 2016 (forthcoming).

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Dr. Dimitry Shumski

Research Fellow 2005-6

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Dimitry Shumski was a Post Doctoral Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from October 2005 to June 2006. His research project was titled "Czecho-German Jewry, the Prague zionists and the origins of the bi-national idea in Zionism, 1900-1921".

The results of his research has been published under "Zionism and Racial Thinking in the Multi-National Empires in the Fin-de-Siècle: The Cases of Vladimir Jabotinsky and Max Brod", in Y. Shenhav & Y. Yonah (eds.), Racism in Israel (Jerusalem, 2008), pp. 201-217 (in Hebrew).

Dimitry Shumski is currently a lecturer in Zionism and Modern Nationalism Studies at the Department of the History of the Jewish People and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

 

 

 

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Dr. Björn Siegel

Research Fellow 2008-9
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Björn Siegel was a Post Doctoral Visiting Research Fellow at the Rosenzweig Center from October 2008 to June 2009.

His research topic was titled "Bringing light to the East – The Baron Hirsch Stiftung and the vision of a modern Judaism".

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