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Jewish Narratives in Germany Exploring Memory Past and Present

Jewish life in Germany had a tragic history in the 20th century, but is still there and shaping Berlin and Germany. How is the history memorialized and how is the Jewish life integrated in the multi-cultural urban life today? Excursions, discussions and workshops will help us to find some answers.


Course periodJune 19, 2017 - July 14, 2017 Session I
Category Religion, Ethics & Law
Course levelsBachelor
LanguageEnglish
Class size

up to 18 participants

Credits and certificate

Participants will receive 5 ECTS credit points and a certificate if they attend regularly (at least 80% attendance) and participate actively. Additionally, six weeks after the end of the course a Transcript of Records is issued by Humboldt-University.

Application deadline June 1, 2017, or when participant quota is reached This course is fully booked.
Early bird discount50.00 Euro until Feb. 15, 2017
Alumni discount50.00 Euro
Course fee630.00 Euro

Description

In this course the students will explore Jewish history in Germany  – and its memorialization –  from 1933 to the present.  This will be accomplished through lectures, workshops, and site visits to museums in and around Berlin.  In addition to the tragic history that has defined the 20th century experience, students will have an opportunity to explore contemporary Jewish life and topics that continue to shape Berlin and Germany more widely.  This course is anthropologically inflected and treats the museums and other urban spaces as field sites to be explored and analyzed critically.   It is well-suited to students who are interested in religious studies, history, the social sciences, and/or more specific fields such as urban studies, ethics or museum studies.

It can stand alone well as a course, but can also be combined with the course offered in Summer Session 2: Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Germany: Interrogating Memory and Migration

Syllabus

Course program (PDF)

Course structure

Academic lessons

  • You will receive a total of 45 hours (one lesson equals 45 minutes; 15 hours per week). The lessons are held four times a week
  • Lessons will comprise lectures, group work, discussion sessions, excursions

 

Schedule (Track C)

  • Tuesday: 1.30 pm - 3 pm & 3.30 pm - 5 pm
  • Wednesday: 1.30 pm - 3 pm & 3.30 pm - 5 pm
  • Friday: 9 am - 10.30 am & 11.00 am - 11.45 am

 

Cultural extra-curricular activities:

HUWISU offers a fine selection of interesting extra-curricular activities and aims to give all participants an unforgettable stay in Berlin. Your program includes excursions, sport activities and social gatherings providing you the opportunity to get to know the city, the university and your classmates better and to meet students from all parts of the world. The costs for these offers are included in the course fees.

Activities and tours we offer regularly: Federal Chancellery, German Parliament, House of Representatives, Topography of Terror, Political Archive, Museum Island, Kreuzberg Tour, Daytrip to Potsdam, Boat trip, Beach Volleyball, Exhibitions, Farewell Party…

Language skills English: B2
Motivation Letter about one page in English
Student Profile

Undergraduate students of all subjects with an interest in interreligious and intercultural issues.

In order to follow the course, a very good command of English is required. The minimum age requirement is 18 years.

Dr. Victoria Bishop Kendzia

Victoria Bishop Kendzia teaches the course: Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue. Her teaching method, although anthropologically inflected, is interdisciplinary in nature and is, therefore, not limited to the social sciences. It appeals to students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds from history to art, through to geography, theology, and politics. The focus of her work is on the urban landscape, especially, but not only, museums and memorials in and around Berlin.  In this context, locations are approached as field sites that can be read, explored, and critically analyzed as dynamic sites that project and reframe key aspects of history and culture, focusing on issues of interreligious significance.  The urban laboratory that is Berlin is particularly well-suited to this endeavor, given the historical and cultural upheavals it has witnessed during the 20th century.

She defended her dissertation entitled: The Jewish Museum Berlin: Visitor Experience in the Context of Political Education in 2013 at the Institute for European Ethnology, Humboldt University Berlin under the supervision of Prof. Wolfgang Kaschuba and Prof. Sharon Macdonald.  Her doctoral work was based on ethnography of young Berlin-based high school students in and around the Jewish Museum Berlin.  She has a background in Museum Studies, having completed her master’s degree in this field from the University of Toronto, Canada in 2001 and her Bachelor of Arts Honours at the same university in 1999.  She has been publishing scholarly articles in her field since 2009 and teaching at the university level since 2008.

CoordinatorPierre Steuer | pierre.steuer@hu-berlin.de
Contact detailsInternational Office
Unter den Linden 6
10999 Berlin
Germany


This course can be combined with: