The Leo Baeck Seminar takes place twice a year and brings together professors and doctoral fellows from various universities and subdisciplines to discuss their work in progress. The first seminar, which takes place during the autumn, enables the fellows, who are at different stages of their writing, to share their work for the first time in this context and receive feedback in a safe, constructive and stimulating academic environment. When meeting for the second seminar during the summer, the participants are already familiar with each other’s work. This enables the group to dive into a more thorough and detailed discussion on every dissertation project and to assist each fellow in further developing and improving his or her work. In addition, the seminar program usually consists of outdoors activities which are related to the history and culture of the location in which the seminar takes place. These activities are not only refreshing and insightful, but they also provide the participants with the opportunity to get to know each other on a personal level, thus, creating a strong network of scholars and encouraging future cooperation.
The Workshop was held at the Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes, Université de Mon- tréal, December 7/8, 2009.