International Conference “The Legacy of Hans Kohn”

Jerusalem, 11-12 March 2009


The conference was organized by the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in cooperation with the School of History at The Hebrew University of Jerusa-lem, the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex, the Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung and the Leo Baeck Institute London.

Wednesday, March 11

Welcome and refreshments
Opening and Greetings

Chair: Steven Aschheim (Director, The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Keynote lecture:  Christian Wiese (Director, Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex): « But this is Buber-Zionism »: Robert Weltsch’s and Hans Kohn’s Diverging Interpretations of Jewish Nationalism’ s Legitimacy


Thursday, March 12

Session l
Chair: Ulrich Bielefeld (Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung)

Michael Enderlein (Hamburger Institut für Sozialforschung): Transcending Nationalism: Fichte’s influence on Hans Kohn
Session ll
Chair: Raphael Gross (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London)

Romy Langeheine (University of Sussex): « Based on ethical considerations we would have to abandon Zionism »: Hans Kohn and Ethical Nationalism

Anja Siegemund (University of Haifa): The Notion of the Self and the Other in Hans Kohn’s View of the Conflict in Palestine

Dimitry Shumsky (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Was Hans Kohn an Exceptional Figure within the Contemporary Zionist Movement?
Session lll
Chair: Hedva Ben Israel (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Lutz Fiedler (Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig): Beyond the Nation State—Hans Kohn on Jewish Nationalism and Multinational Empires

Zohar Maor (Bar Ilan University): Hans Kohn and the Dialectics of Colonialism
Session lV
Chair: Yfaat Weiss (Head, School of History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)

Adi Gordon (The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem): The Serial Convert and the « Mythology of Coherence »: The Contradictory Hans Kohn and his Multiple Metamorphoses

Noam Pianko (University of Washington): From German Zionism to American Nationalism: The Evolution of Hans Kohn’s Scholarship