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The universal and the Particular: Experiences of European Jews since the Enlightenment beyond Minority History

The Workshop was held at the Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes, Université de Mon- tréal, December 7/8, 2009.

Funded by the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), the Chaire de recherche du Canada en études allemandes et européennes, the Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes, the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Centre d’Excellence sur l’Union européenne (Université de Montréal/McGill Univer- sity), the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies (University of Toronto), the Département de lit- tératures et de langues modernes, and the Faculté des arts et des sciences, Université de Montréal.

Organized by Till van Rahden, Canada Research Chair in German and European Studies, Université de Montréal.


7 december 2009

Mots de bienvenue de Georges Bastin, directeur du Département de littératures et de langues modernes, et de Laurence Mcfalls, directeur du Centre canadien d’études alle- mandes et européennes

Introduction: Mendelssohn et nous/What is Mendelssohn to us?

Une discussion libre autour du premier chapitre du
Moses Mendelssohn, Jerusalem oder über religiöse Macht und Judentum (1783)

ABC: Assimilation–Blasphemy–Civility

Christoph Schulte (Universität Potsdam, University of Pennsylvania) Universalism and Particularism in Moses Mendelssohn’s «Jerusalem» Dana Hollander (McMaster University)
Hermann Cohen and the 1888 Marburg Antisemitism Trial

Scott Spector (The University of Michigan)
Forget Assimilation – Secularization, Secularism, Secularity and German Jews

Global Vistas, Local Bonds

Jonathan Hess (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
Middlebrow Literature and the Making of German-Jewish Identity
Emily Levine (Yale University)
Trajectories of Weimar: Auerbach’s «Weltliteratur» and Panofsky History of Style Nils Roemer (The University of Texas at Dallas)

Jewish Cultures from the Outside In: Travel Writing and the Competing Visions of Modernity Jonathan Skolnik (The University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
German-Jewish Literature Between the Universal and the Particular

8 december 2009

Jewishness and other differences

Sophie Roberts (University of Toronto)
Undermining the Universal: Antisemitism and Citizenship in French Colonial Algeria

Benjamin Baader (The University of Manitoba)
Jewishness, Gender, and Embourgeoisement in Family Letters: Social Practice
and Symbolic Order
Rebecca Ayako Bennette (Middlebury College)
Catholics, Jews, and Integration
Daniella Doron (Jewish Studies, The University of Toronto)
«A Drama of Faith and Family»: Jews and non-Jews in Postwar World War II France

negotiating the universal

Eva Lezzi (Universität Potsdam, University of Pennsylvania),
Was Love for Everyone? Controversies in Nineteenth-Century German-Jewish Literature Lisa Moses Leff (American University)
Jews and the Making of French Republicanism
Alexander Joskowicz (Vanderbilt University)
Representing Particular Interests in a Universalistic Forum: Jewish Parliamentarians
in Nineteenth-Century Germany
Kenneth Moss (The Johns Hopkins University)
Coming to Terms with Minority: Old Jewish Universalisms and New Particularisms
in the East European Nation-State

Weimar Modernities and Beyond

Thomas Meyer (Ludwig Maximilians-Universität, München)
Jews in the Weimar Republic – Reflections on Researching Their History
Lisa Silverman (The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee)
Property, Law, and Jewish Cultural history in Central Europe
Eugene Sheppard (Brandeis University)
«As a Conservative Historian»: Ernst Kantorowicz, De-Nazifcation, and Loyalty Oaths

Other Participants

Karin Bauer (German Studies, McGill University) Bettina Bergo (Philosophy, Université de Montréal) Frauke Brammer (History, Freie Universität Berlin) Michael Cowan (German Studies, McGill)

Myrtô Dutrisac (Philosophy, Cégep Saint-Laurent, Montréal) Matthias Fritsch (Philosophy, Concordia University) Veronika Fuechtner (German Studies, Dartmouth College) Jennifer Heider (German Studies, Université de Montréal) Gershon Hundert (History/Jewish Studies, McGill University) Jennifer Jenkins (History, The University of Toronto)

Erica Lehrer (History, Concordia University)
Iain MacDonald (Philosophy, Université de Montréal)
Paul Nolte (History, Freie Universität Berlin)
Claude Piche (Philosophie, Université de Montréal)
Robert Schwartzwald (English Studies, Université de Montréal) Hélène Sicard-Cowan (French Studies, Dawson College, Montréal)