Welcome to the LBI London
The Leo Baeck Institute London is devoted to the study of German-Jewish history and culture. The LBI is an independent charity and aims to preserve and research this history by organizing innovative research projects, Fellowship programmes, and public events. Through the lens of German-Jewish history, the Institute seeks to address some of the most topical and timely questions of our times.
A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.
This season’s lecture series investigates the complex nature of what it means to act or appear Jewish and for whom this appearance is important. Examples are drawn from a wide range of performative settings: on stage, on screen, in daily life. Under which conditions do certain elements of fashion and attire appear as ‘Jewish’? How do Jews consciously showcase or hide their identity by way of ‘acting’ and dressing in certain ways? And how were these elements conceptualised in the wider discourse: as ‘natural’ – self-expressions of an ethnical identity, as attire communicating a social role, or ‘prejudiced’ – as a ‘costume’ hiding the wearer’s true identity?
For more information on the lecture series please refer to the leaflet here
Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute London) has the pleasure of inviting you to the second lecture in the series:
Professor Kerry Wallach
(Gettysburg College, USA)
‘Coming Out’ as Jewish in Weimar Germany
6.30pm, 23 January 2020
In the 1920s and early 1930s – as today – Jews in Germany were concerned about growing anti-Semitism, and many took precautions to conceal their Jewishness by dressing and behaving in certain ‘assimilated’ ways. Yet there were still occasions when it was beneficial to be openly Jewish. This lecture explores the tensions that came with being visible as a Jew – an identity play that often involved appearing simultaneously non-Jewish and Jewish. Drawing on a wide range of images and films, this presentation explores controversial aspects of German Jewish visibility and invisibility, as well as the complex reasons why Jews chose to appear distinctly ‘Jewish’.
Kerry Wallach is Associate Professor and Chair of German Studies and an Affiliate of the Judaic Studies Program at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. She is the author of Passing Illusions: Jewish Visibility in Weimar Germany (2017) and a number of articles on German-Jewish literature, history, film, and visual and consumer culture. She serves as co-editor for the German Jewish Cultures book series published by Indiana University Press and sponsored by the Leo Baeck Institute London.
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 on Eventbrite.com or by contacting the Leo Baeck Institute, London (email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2019/20: ‘Acting Jewish: Between Identity and Attire’
We are happy to announce that the recording of the first lecture in the series, Henry Bial‘s Jewish on Demand: Representation and Difference in the Streaming Era, is now online.
To listen, please click here.
The Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of the History and Culture of German-speaking Jewry is delighted to announce its 2021 Year Book Essay Prize. The Leo Baeck Institute Year Book is a fully refereed Oxford University Press journal and covers cultural, social, and economic history. A leading journal in the field, the Year Book has appeared annually since 1956.
The Essay Prize was established in 2011 to:
- Stimulate new research on the history and culture of German-speaking Jewry
- Promote young researchers in the field
The essay can be on any topic on the history and culture of German-speaking Central European Jewry from early modern times through to the present.
The winner will receive:
- Publication of the winning essay in the 2021 volume of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book
- A cash prize of £500
- A free year’s print and online subscription to the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book
How to enter
Entries of 5-8,000 words should be submitted through our online submission system. Please refer to http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/lbaeck/for_authors for instructions on how to prepare and submit your manuscript. All entries will be peer reviewed anonymously. The winner will be selected from all entries recommended for publication by our peer reviewers.
The closing date is 31 March 2020.
The competition is open to recent PhDs and Postdocs who have received their PhD no more than 5 years ago. The entry must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere.