Speaking in Spite of All: German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife / Sprechen trotz allem: Deutsch-jüdisches Denken und sein Fortleben
Vom 14. bis 15. Dezember 2022 fand im Palais Claudiana (Herzog-Friedrich-Straße 3, 6020 Innsbruck) die internationale zweisprachige Tagung Speaking in Spite of All: German-Jewish Thought and Its Afterlife / Sprechen trotz allem: Deutsch-jüdisches Denken und sein Fortleben statt. Sie brachte renommierte Forscher:innen aus dem In- und Ausland nach Innsbruck, um im Rahmen von einer Buchpräsentation, zwei Keynote-Vorträgen und drei Panels dem Denken von Autor:innen wie Franz Kafka, Walter Benjamin, Gershom Scholem, Theodor W. Adorno, Hannah Arendt, Paul Celan und Ilse Aichinger nachzuspüren, deren Bezug zur jüdischen Tradition zu klären sowie die vielgestaltige Rezeption zu diskutieren, die sie bis heute erfahren. Thematisch stand dabei der Zusammenbruch des Vertrauens in die Sprache angesichts der schockhaften Erfahrungen des 20. Jahrhunderts – allen voran der Shoah – im Zentrum. Dieses gemeinhin unter dem Schlagwort der Sprachkrise verhandelte Phänomen wurde im deutsch-jüdischen Diskurs in der Tat breit und aus verschiedenen Perspektiven reflektiert. Davon ausgehend wurden auf der Tagung Fragen wie die folgenden erörtert: Wie wurde und wird die Sprachkrise in der künstlerischen, literarischen und filmischen Auseinandersetzung diskutiert und wo wird sie sichtbar? Was bedeutet Zeug:innenschaft angesichts der Dringlichkeit, Unsagbares zu sagen? Wie steht es unter der Prämisse des Bilderverbots um die Möglichkeit, Utopisches zu denken? Organisiert wurde die Tagung von Stephanie Graf, Michaela Bstieler und Florian Pistrol (allesamt Universität Innsbruck); unterstützt wurde sie von der Österreichischen Forschungsgemeinschaft, dem FWF-Projekt Membership Metaphors as „Doorkeepers“ (P 33780), dem Vizerektorat für Forschung der Universität Innsbruck, dem International Relations Office der Universität Innsbruck und dem Austria–Israel Academic Network Innsbruck.
Nach Grußworten von Dirk Rupnow (Dekan der Philosophisch-Historischen Fakultät der Universität Innsbruck), Andreas Oberprantacher (Universität Innsbruck, Leiter des FWF-Projekts Membership Metaphors as „Doorkeepers“) und Stephanie Graf machte den Auftakt am Abend des ersten, gut besuchten Tages die Präsentation von Vivian Liskas (Universiteit Antwerpen) jüngstem Buch Prekäres Erbe. Deutsch-jüdisches Denken und sein Fortleben (Wallstein-Verlag 2021). Dabei griffen Chiara Caradonna (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem) und Birgit Erdle (Technische Universität Berlin) unterschiedliche Aspekte des Buches auf und dachten sie weiter, um so in die Diskussion mit der Autorin überzuleiten.
Der zweite Tag wurde durch einen Keynote-Vortrag von Vivian Liska eröffnet (Response: Michaela Bstieler) und einen Online-Keynote-Vortrag von Robert Kaufman (University of California, Berkeley; Response: Stephanie Graf) geschlossen. Dazwischen fanden drei Panels mit Beiträgen von Benjamin Balint (Van Leer Institute Jerusalem), Chiara Caradonna, Eli Schonfeld (Shalem College Jerusalem), Laurin Mackowitz (Universität Graz) und Birgit Erdle statt. Den Abschluss der Tagung bildete ein gemeinsames Abendessen im Restaurant Olive
Die Organisator:innen erwägen, die Beiträge der Tagung nun einem breiteren Publikum über eine Schwerpunkt-Ausgabe eines philosophischen Journals zugänglich zu machen.
Guest Lecture on the topic "Risk and resilience factors in the developmental pathway of ADHS" by AIANI-Fellow Prof. Dr. Andrea Berger
On January 25th, a guest lecture open to the public on the topic "Risk and resilience factors in the pathway of ADHS" by Prof. Dr. Berger took place at the University of Innsbruck.
In her exciting lecture, Prof. Dr. Berger spoke about ADHD and the research she has conducted on this topic.
We would like to thank Prof. Dr. Berger for coming to give the guest lecture and Prof. Dr. Kaufmann for organising it.
Time flies and Christmas is coming soon! We invited our Israeli and local students to our office to celebrate Saint Nicholas Day. Together we drank punch, ate gingerbread and St. Nicholays brought gifts for everyone. It was a great opportunity for everyone to spend time together and share experiences together.
Last week we met again for a Get-Together at the Christmas market in Innsbruck. New acquaintances were made over a cup of mulled wine.
AIANI-Fellow Prof. Irad Malkin in Innsbruck
In October 2022, Prof. Irad Malkin from the Tel Aviv University visited his colleagues at the Department of Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies at the University of Innsbruck.
Prof. Malkin was hosted by Prof. Robert Rollinger, who has published on Homer and the Near East and thus, connects and overlaps with Prof. Malkin's research area.
Prof. Malkin held a public guest lecture on "Networks and the Emergence of Hellas" on October 19, 2022. In his talk, he explained how "Hellas", which is a term for Greek civilization, emerged when Greeks distanced themselves from each other as far as possible. "That was when commonalities, some self-aware, some observed by modern historians, crystallized" said Prof. Malkin. "It was a process of convergence through divergence and modern historians admire ancient Greeks because they managed to retain their civilization despite those distances" he continued.
AIANI and the Department for Ancient History and Ancient Oriental Studies at the University of Innsbruck want to thank Prof. Malkin for his interesting talk and visit!
Welcome to Innsbruck
The new exchange students from Israel have arrived and AIANI is thrilled to have them here in Innsbruck!
This winter semester 2022-2023 we are able to welcome students from our partner institutions Beit Berl College, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Bar-Ilan University and Reichman University.
We are looking forward to an exciting semester and wish our students a successful first week of classes!
This past summer semester, AIANI was happy to finally welcome the first Guest Professor again, after the pandemic interfered with all previous plans.
Prof. Shmuel Marco from the Department of Geophysics at the Tel Aviv University came to Innsbruck to teach and work together with colleagues at the Department of Geology.
His research areas include Earthquakes, Palaeoseismology, Archaeoseismology, Soft-sediment-deformation, Palaeomagnetism, Archaeomagnetism and Palaeomagnetic-secular-variation.
Prof. Shmuel Marco said that he was visiting the University of Innsbruck because the best and most advanced group of geologists that specializes in sedimentary geology, particularly in using lake sediments as paleo-earthquake recorders, is found here. "The geology department is vibrant, very active, well-equipped, and the research that is carried out here is at the world cutting edge. The University of Innsbruck offers the best combination of marvelous location and outstanding research opportunities", said Prof. Marco.
He was hosted by Prof. Michael Strasser and his team.
AIANI was pleased to have Prof. Marco here in Innsbruck and is looking foward to hear about future projects!
Read the interview here:
#international Our Guest: Shmuel Marco
AIANI Grant for Research Visit to Israel
In July 2022, Prof. Zekirija Sejdini, Dipl.-Pol. Dr. Jonas Kolb and Mehmet Tuna, Ph.D., from the Department of Islamic Theology and Religious Education at the University of Innsbruck traveled to Israel to meet colleagues at the University of Haifa and the Al-Qasemi Academic College in Baqa-El-Gharbia.
"The aim of the research stay is to initiate a research cooperation with the Faculty of Education at the University of Haifa and the Department of Learning and Instructional Sciences at the Al-Qasemi Academic College in Baqa-El-Gharbia." says Dr. Kolb about the visit. The research stay included a joint workshop, guest lectures at the University of Haifa and the Al-Qasemi Academic College as well as networking and deepening collaboration in the field of religious education and interfaith relations between the three institutions.
For future cooperations joint lectures in the field of teacher education are planned. Students from all three institutions should be able to participate and hence, foster the education and collaboration in this field of research.
A next meeting is planned for the first half of the year 2023.
AIANI was pleased to support this research visit to Israel with a travel grant. We are looking forward to hear about the future projects!
Read the report about the research visit from Dr. Jonas Kolb here:
Forschungsaufenthalt in Israel vom 03.07. - 10.07.2022
First Israel Friendship Award
We are delighted, proud, humbled and honored to receive the 1st Israel Friendship Award from the Embassy of the State of Israel in Austria for our work! To accept this wonderful prize, Rector Tilmann Märk, the head of the International Services, Dr. Barbara Tasser, head of the Academic Network AIANI, Prof. Ivo Hajnal, as well as the coordinators of AIANI, Dr. Marion Wieser and Mag. Verena Mungenast, traveled to Vienna to meet H.E. Ambassador Rodgold. The honorary president of the Jewish Community for Tyrol and Vorarlberg, Dr. Esther Fritsch, was present too.
"This award was established to honor individuals and organizations and their outstanding achievements that strengthen Israeli-Austrian relations." said Ambassador Rodgold at the ceremony, which took place in the "Wiener Börsensäle". Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler and Federal Minister Martin Polaschek were present, as well as numerous other guests of honor.
The jury consisted of Ambassador Mordechai Rodgold, Deputy Chief of Mission Maya Karmely Sommer, Dr. Danielle Spera and Mr. Daniel Kapp.
We want to take this opportunity and thank the jury for selecting us and our work for this award. A big thank you also to the staff at the embassy for this wonderful celebration!
Of course, we also want to give our thanks to all our partners and friends, especially in Israel, who help us everyday to foster and grow friendships by supporting researchers, students and staff from both countries and by showing that science and research really connect people. We could not do our work without you!
Last but not least, we thank our students, lecturers and guests, who fill AIANI with life. We dedicate this award to you!
Attorney Assaf Ben-David in Innsbruck
Last week, Attorney Assaf Ben-David, LL.M, visited the University of Innsbruck to meet with colleagues and teach the course "International Business Negotiations". The course is a prime example of a virtual, international exchange format as it is taught from Israel and the US, while students in Innsbruck are negotiating with fellow students in China. While mostly being taught online, AIANI was happy that Assaf Ben-David could travel to Innsbruck
and teach two in-class lessons. Moreover, Assaf Ben-David met with colleagues and students from the InnCubator and the Department of Legal Theory and Future of Law. They talked about current projects and possibilities for future collaborations in their research fields.
On June 7, 2022, Dr. Noam Zadoff, Assistant Professor at the Department of Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck, gave a lecture in Jerusalem on "The 'Semitic Action' and the Borders of Zionist Consensus After the Establishment of the State of Israel". The session took place at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The lecture was chaired by Prof. Assaf Shelleg, director of the Cherrick Center, and the respondents were Prof. Dmitry Shumsky and Maya Kreiner. At the center of the lecture stood a small group of intellectuals that pleaded for establishing a confederation between Israel and its Arab neighbors. The "Semitic Action" was motivated by strong anti-imperialist sentiments and criticized the tendency of Israeli governments to search for partners among the great western powers, instead of collaborating with the other inhabitants of the land. The lecture was followed by a vivid discussion about the borders of Zionist ideology after the establishment of Israel.
AIANI supported Dr. Zadoff's visit with a travel grant.