European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series, London 2017–18

The Difficulties of Writing Family History 

 

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

 

This season’s topic intends to discuss the challenges which arise when writing a European-Jewish family history set in the historically and politically charged period of the late 19th to the mid-20th century. What scholarly problems does a writer encounter, what emotional difficulties does an author face – especially in terms of allowing the public access to one’s own personal history, and how can these challenges be dealt with?

Please refer for more information on the lecture series to the leaflet here.

 

Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London) has pleasure in inviting you to the third lecture in the series:

 

 

Prof Atina Grossmann

(The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art)

Trauma, Privilege and Adventure in the “Orient”: A Refugee Family Archive

6.30pm, 8 March 2018

 

 

The talk examines, through the intimate – yet also distant – lens of family history, the ambivalent and paradoxical experiences, sensibilities, and emotions of bourgeois Berlin Jews who found refuge and romance in the ‘Orient’ of Iran and India after 1933. Drawing on an extensive collection of family correspondence and memorabilia from Iran and India (1935-1947), Grossmann probes her own parents’ understanding of their unstable position as well as the perils and pleasures of writing a ‘hybrid’ border-crossing family story folded into a larger historical drama of war, Holocaust, and vulnerable Empires.

 

Atina Grossmann is Professor of History at the Cooper Union in New York City. Publications include Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany (2007), and Wege in der Fremde: Deutsch-jüdische Begegnungsgeschichte zwischen New York, Berlin und Teheran (2012). Her current research focuses on ‘Remapping Survival: Jewish Refugees and Lost Memories of Displacement, Trauma, and Rescue in the Soviet Union, Iran, and India’, as well as the entanglements of family memoir and historical scholarship.

 

 

Lectures will be held at the German Historical Institute London, 17 Bloomsbury Square, London WC1A 2NJ and begin at 6.30pm.

 

Admission is free but places are strictly limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email info@leobaeck.co.uk or phone 020 7882 5690).

 

Underground: Holborn, Russell Square; Bus: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 59, 68, 91, 98, 134, 168, 171, 188, 242, 243, 521, X68

Panel Discussion : Cosmopolitanism – Jewish and Postcolonial Perspectives

The Leo Baeck Institute London in collaboration with the Pears Institute for the study of Antisemitism

are pleased to announce the panel discussion:

Cosmopolitanism – Jewish and Postcolonial Perspectives.

The panel discussion will be held at:

Birkbeck, University of London, Clore Lecture Theatre, Clore Management Centre, Torrington Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7JL (view map),

on 11 December 2017, 6:30pm – 8:00pm.

Panellists are Prof Gurminder Bhambra (University of Sussex), Prof Bryan Cheyette (University of Reading), Dr Cathy Gelbin (University of Manchester) and Prof Sander Gilman (Emory University). The panel will be chaired by Dr Daniel Wildman and Dr Brendan McGeever.

Admission is free but we would kindly remind you to reserve your seats in advance.

Please book here

For further information, please have a look at the complete event announcement here

Annual Workshop of the Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme 2017/18

The Leo Baeck Institute is happy to announce the first workshop of the Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme 2017/18 from 15th – 18th October 2017 in Brighton

Pictured: The 2017 Fellows with Dr. Guy Tourlamain (2nd left) and Dr. Daniel Wildmann (front right).

The Leo Baeck Fellowship is an international fellowship programme aimed at PhD candidates researching the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry. Every year, in cooperation with the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, the Leo Baeck Institute London offers to up to twelve doctoral candidates the opportunity to spend a year working on research at the location of their choice. In addition to financial support, the fellowship programme offers its young researchers academic assistance through regularly held workshops, seminars and conferences.

For more information on the workshop in Brighton click on the leaflet below.

Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme 2017/18- Workshop Brighton

For more information on the Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme, click here.