The Israel Dialogues
Germany, Israel, and the Shadow of the Holocaust with Johannes Becke & Michael Brenner
March 25 @ 12:00 pm
With gratitude to Helena and David Fine for their generous gift of sponsorship
The Israel Dialogues provides an opportunity to engage fundamental issues facing the country, its people, and the Jewish diaspora. Join experts from various backgrounds from around the world to discuss a range of topics focusing on the regional and international contexts and principal factors which affect Israel’s place in global affairs.
Johannes Becke (PhD, Freie Universität Berlin, 2014) is professor of Israel and Middle East Studies at the Heidelberg Center for Jewish Studies/Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg (currently on sabbatical). Since 2021, he is also leading the research group “Gathering the Dispersed. State Evasion and State-Making in Modern Jewish, Kurdish and Berber History” at the HCTS (sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation). Before his appointment in Heidelberg, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Oxford (2014-15) and a visiting fellow at Tel Aviv University (2013-14), the Orient-Institut Beirut (2011), and the Centre Jacques Berque in Rabat (2011). He is the author of the volume The Land Beyond the Border. State Formation and Territorial Expansion in Syria, Morocco and Israel (SUNY Press, 2021) and the co-editor of Israel Studies. History, Methods, Paradigms (Wallstein, 2020, in German). Together with Frederek Musall and Beyza Arslan, he is directing the podcast “Mecca and Jerusalem” (in German) on Muslim-Jewish relations (sponsored by the Volkswagen Foundation). In cooperation with Michael Brenner and Daniel Mahla, he is organizing the Research Colloquium on Israel and the Middle East.
Michael Brenner is the Seymour and Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies and director of the Center for Israel Studies at American University. He also holds the chair of Jewish History and Culture at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich and serves as International President of the Leo Baeck Institute for the Study of German-Jewish History and chairs the Academic Advisory Board of the Franz Rosenzweig Center at the Hebrew University Jerusalem. In 2020 he was the first recipient of the first Baron Award for Scholarly Excellence in Research of the Jewish Experience. He has published widely on German-Jewish history and Israel. His latest publication is In Hitler’s Munich: Jews, the Revolution, and the Rise of Nazism, forthcoming with Princeton University Press.