Centre for German-Jewish Studies


Max and Hilde Kochmann Summer School for PhD Students in European-Jewish History and Culture

Sunday 7 July 10:00 until 18:00
University of Sussex (Brighton, UK)

Dates: 7-10 July 2019 at the University of Sussex (Brighton, UK)

The Centre for German-Jewish Studies at the University of Sussex (www.sussex.ac.uk/cgjs) in cooperation with the Center for Jewish Studies of the Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz (https://juedischestudien.uni-graz.at/), the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University (http://humanities1.tau.ac.il/roth/) and the Minerva Institute for German History, Tel Aviv University (http://www.minerva.mpg.de/minerva_centers/center_19.html), will hold the biennial Max and Hilde Kochmann Summer School for PhD students in European-Jewish History and Culture in July 2019 at the University of Sussex.


The Summer School brings together young researchers who are currently working on topics in Jewish history and culture (e.g. on Jewish religion and inner life, literature, culture, ideological movements, inter-religious and inter-cultural relations and everyday life and antisemitism), giving them the opportunity to present and discuss their projects in an informal and friendly atmosphere with leading scholars in the field. In so doing we continue the series of Kochmann Summer Schools at Sussex creating an interdisciplinary network of younger scholars engaged in areas of European-Jewish studies, Thought and Culture from the early modern periods to the present day.

                                                    Monday 8 July 2019, 16:00-17:30
                          Conference Centre, Terrace Room (Level 3), Bramber House
                                                                  Public Lecture
                                         The Kurt Hellmann Memorial Lecture
  Opening Remarks – Ernest Kochmann
  Shirli Gilbert (University of Southampton)
“South African Jews, the Holocaust, and Apartheid"
The public lecture will be followed by a reception in the Conference Centre. All welcome. 
Registration essential, please email: d.franklin@sussex.ac.uk
South Africa’s system of Apartheid (‘apartness’ in Afrikaans) was formalized in 1948, just three years after the end of the Holocaust. For South African Jews, the recent genocide served as powerful currency in the debate about how to relate to local racist practices and ideas. In this talk, Shirli Gilbert will explore the diverse and sometimes unexpected ways in which the history of Jewish persecution, and especially the Holocaust, shaped Jews’ attitudes to racism both during apartheid (1948-1994) and after the transition to democracy.
Shirli Gilbert is Professor of Modern History at the University of Southampton, UK. She obtained her D.Phil. at the University of Oxford and was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at the University of Michigan. Her publications include Music in the Holocaust (2005), From Things Lost: Forgotten Letters and the Legacy of the Holocaust (2017), and, with Avril Alba, Holocaust Memory and Racism in the Postwar World (forthcoming).


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By: Saumya Ranjan Nath
Last updated: Monday, 10 June 2019