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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.


Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2019/20

Acting Jewish: Between Identity and Attire


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

The proposed 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?

This season’s speakers will be:


Thursday, 5th December 2019

Prof Henry Bial – Jewish on Demand: Representation and Difference in the Streaming Era


Thursday, 23rd January 2020

Prof Kerry Wallach –‘Coming out’ as Jewish in Weimar Germany


Wednesday, 4th March 2020

Ms Adi Heyman – “Modest Fashion”


Thursday, 23rd April 2020

Mr Paul Herzberg – Acting Jewish: Perception and Reality


Thursday, 21st May 2020

Ms Svenja Bethke – How do dress in Eretz Israel? Clothing, Fashion and Nation Building, 1880s – 1948



Jüdischer Almanach 2019: ‘Sex and Crime: Geschichten aus der Jüdischen Unterwelt’

Book Launch

On the occasion of the launch of Jüdischer Almanach 2019 we are delighted to invite you to a presentation of ‘Sex and Crime: Geschichten aus der Jüdischen Unterwelt’ in the presence of the editor, Dr Gisela Dachs (Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem) and the two authors Rabbi Andy Steiman and Dr Daniel Wildmann (Leo Baeck Institute London).

This event will take place on Monday 28th of November 2019 at 19.30hrs in the Rosi-und-Paul-Ansberg-Saal at the Henry-and-Emma-Budge-Stiftung, Wilhelmshöherstraße 279, D-60389 Frankfurt am Main.

The book launch is chaired by Anja Hazke and is a collaboration between the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, Henry-and-Emma-Budge-Stiftung, Gesellschaften für Christlich-Jüdische Zusammenarbeit, Deutsche Koordinierungsrat E.V., ImDialog – Evangelischer Arbeitskreis für das christlich-jüdische Gepräch in Hessen und Nassau


Innovation and Acculturation: The Émigré Art Historians and Britain

London, Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 November 2019

This conference aims to reappraise and – where appropriate – to challenge the received narrative about the history of art history in Britain.

Art History as an academic discipline in Britain is commonly regarded as a German import. Before the 1930s, British art writing was allegedly the domain of the amateur and connoisseur. This only changed radically with the influx of émigré scholars – most of them of German-Jewish descent – to Britain after 1933. These highly skilled professional art historians played a pivotal role in developing the research and teaching programmes of both the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes.

The conference’s aim is to situate the work of the German(-Jewish) émigré art historians in a wider sociology of British Academia, and the intellectual debates within and beyond art historical scholarship. The conference will seek to re-evaluate just how ‘German’ British art history became between 1920 and 1970. The timeframe allows to take into account both the British traditions of art writing before the arrival of the ‘Hitler émigrés’, and the émigré’s legacies up to the redefinition of the discipline brought about by the ‘New Art History’ of the 1970s.

This conference is part of the nationwide Insiders/Outsiders Festival celebrating refugees from Nazi Europe and their contribution to British culture.

It is co-organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures at QMUL, the Courtauld Institute London and hosted by the Centre for Anglo-German Cultural Relations QMUL, with generous funding from the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. For more information on this event please contact Dr Hans Hönes (Courtauld Institute) on: hans.c.hones@courtauld.ac.uk or Dr Emilie Oleron Evans (QMUL) on: emilie.oleron@qmul.ac.uk

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



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