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Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series London, 2018/19

Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams

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

This season’s topic will explore the agency of Jews within the networks shaping visual culture. Spanning from the middle ages to the present, and across a range of different media, it will focus on the point of intersection of Art by Jews with Art about Jews and the complex interplay of Jewish reactions to their depiction in Western art and Gentile attitudes towards Jewish visual culture. How do Jews respond and attempt to re-shape their images, stereotyped by the majority societies surrounding them? How does Jewish material culture them? How does Jewish material culture influence Western visual culture, and how were Jews entangled with the art world?

For more information on the lecture series please refer to the leaflet here

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


Dr Ruth Oren

(University of Haifa, Israel)

‘Coming back to History’ – The Jewish Image in Landscape Photographs of ‘Eretz-Israel’, 1898- 1961

6.30pm, 6 December 2018

The visual presentation about Zionist landscape photography in Palestine (Eretz-Israel), from its beginning in 1898 until 1961, explores the ‘returning’ of the Jews to modern history and geography and the formation of the ‘mental landscape’ of Israel as it was created in the Zionist photographic narrative. Landscape photography, produced and consumed within the National Zionist Institutions, created a utopian image of the Jewish environment by developing a coherent iconography rooted in the hegemonic ideology of cultivating and ‘building’ a country for the Jewish nation.

Ruth Oren’s academic and artistic work ranges from photography to visual communication. She has been a lecturer at the University of Haifa and other academic colleges and has published widely on the history of Israeli photography and Zionist imagery. Dr Oren has curated numerous exhibitions on photography, such as ‘Local memory – Photography in Haifa 1912-1949’ (Haifa, 1998) and ‘Zoltan Kluger, Chief Photographer 1933-1958’ (Tel Aviv, 2008).


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 or phone 020 7882 5690).

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Recording of the first lecture of the Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2018/19

Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2018/19: ‘Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams’

We are happy to announce that the recording of the first lecture in the series, Prof Katrin Kogman-Appel’s A Jewish Look on World Politics: The Catalan Mappamundi (1375), is now online.

To listen, please click here.

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Emotions and Experiences: Photography and Visual German-Jewish History, 1910-1950


Sunday 11 and Monday 12 November 2018

The workshop intends to analyse the roles of private German-Jewish photography between 1933 and 1945. By doing so, it will take a completely new perspective on Jewish reactions to the Nazi Regime. It will firstly use visual sources, and secondly focus on the subjective emotional responses of German Jews on political developments during this period. Especially private photographs, frequently collected and arranged in family albums, are a prime medium for documenting a domestic perspective of how individuals situate themselves and their emotions in larger political frameworks and family dynamics. On the pages of such photographic albums, family history and emotions are folded into narratives of dramatically changing German-Jewish life. While a special focus lies on reactions to National Socialism, the workshop also asks for continuities and ruptures in German Jewish private photography, spanning from 1910 to 1950. A particular emphasis will lie on the intermedial interplay that characterizes such albums: they are often composed as scrapbooks containing diary entries, poetry, newspaper clippings and other textual elements alongside the visual material, embedding family history directly in political and cultural currents of the time. In order to reflect on the specificity of photographic sources for this time period, we will discuss also classical German-Jewish egodocuments such as diaries and letters.
The workshop is co-organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Lichtenberg Kolleg, University of Goettingen, and the AHRC project ‘Photography as Political Practice in National Socialism’ (University of Nottingham).

For more information on the workshop, please refer to the programme here.


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