Mosse's Europe: New Perspectives in the History of German Judaism, Fascism, and Sexuality

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June 6, 2019 to June 9, 2019
Subject Fields: 
European History / Studies, German History / Studies, French History / Studies, Jewish History / Studies, Sexuality Studies
On the occasion of the 100th birthday of Professor George L. Mosse three generations of historians will gather to commemorate and analyze his ongoing influence in European, Jewish, and Gender history, as well as the continued resonance of the Mosse family legacy in Berlin. Scholars from Germany, Israel, and the United States will meet in Mosse’s childhood city of Berlin to discuss the questions that continue to emerge from his research, including: How does gender as a category of analysis continue to modify our understanding of nineteenth- and twentieth-century Europe? What are the limits of liberalism? What role do racial stereotypes play in political culture before and after 1945? And how have historians expanded Mosse’s analysis of Nazi ideology to better understand the Holocaust and the history of twentieth-century Europe?
The conference will take place from 6-9 June in Berlin at the Deutsches Historisches Museum and the Jüdisches Museum Berlin. The registration link and the complete conference program can be found here. All talks are free and open to all registered participants. This conference is supported by the George L. Mosse Program in History, in cooperation with the Deutsches Historisches Museum.
Thursday, June 6: Deutsches Historisches Museum               

13:00   Registration

14:00   Mossestadt: The Mosse Family in Berlin

Roger Strauch, the Mosse Foundation, “The Mosse Art Restitution Project: A Personal Perspective”
Meike Hoffmann, “In Search of Lost Art: MARI, the Mosse Art Restitution Initiative"
Frank Mecklenburg, “The Mosse Family in Berlin, Cultural Capital for Subsequent Generations”
Elisabeth Wagner, Mosse Lectures an der Humboldt Universität, “The Berlin Mosse Topography"

Commentator/Chair: Skye Doney, George L. Mosse Program in History
Friday, June 7: Deutsches Historisches Museum
9:00     Registration

10:00   Official Conference Welcome
Raphael Gross, Deutsches Historisches Museum
10:30   Opening Keynote
Steven Aschheim, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “George Mosse - the Man and the Legacy”

Commentator/Chair: Raphael Gross, Deutsches Historisches Museum

11:45   Panel I: Jews and Germans: Languages of Culture

Darcy Buerkle, Smith College, “Weimar Imaginaries”
David Sorkin, Yale University, “Between Emancipation and Bildung: Constructing German Jewry”
Marc Volovici, University of London, “German-speaking Jews and German-reading Jews in Early Zionism”
Commentator/Chair: Ofer Ashkenazi, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
14:45   Panel II: Studying Totalitarianism

Udi Greenberg, Dartmouth College, “Ecumenism and Nazism"
Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, TU Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung, “Sex and Violence: ‘Race Defilement’ in Nazi Germany”
Robert Zwarg, Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach, “‘There is nothing innocuous left.’ The Problem of the Everyday”

Commentator/Chair:  David Sabean, UCLA
Saturday, June 8: Deutsches Historisches Museum
9:00     Registration
10:00   Panel III: Fascism, Populism, Authoritarianism
Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University, “Prophets of Deceit Redivivus”
Mary Nolan, New York University, “Is right-wing populism fascist?  Reflections on economics and gender”
Enzo Traverso, Cornell University, “Conceptualizing Fascism: The Legacy of George L. Mosse”
Commentator/Chair: Anson Rabinbach, Princeton University
11:45:  Panel IV: Nationalism, Violence, Total War
Stefanos Geroulanos, New York University, “The Human Body in the Age of Catastrophe: Medical Metaphors in 1920s European Colonial, and International Politics”
Elissa Mailänder, Sciences Po Paris, “People Working: Leisure, Love, and Violence in Nazi Concentration Camps”
Mary Louise Roberts, UW-Madison, “Race and Sexual Violence in the European Theater of War, 1944-1945”

Commentator/Chair: Atina Grossmann, The Cooper Union

15:00   Panel V: Gender, Sexuality, and Mass Politics
Anna Hájková, University of Warwick, “People Without History Are Dust: Queer Desire in the Holocaust”
Regina Mühlhäuser, Universität Hamburg, “‘One has to anticipate what eludes calculation’: Reconceptualizing Sexual Violence as Weapon during the German War of Annihilation”
Michael P. Steinberg, Brown University, “Antisemitism and the Politics of Displacement”
Commentator/Chair: Moshe Sluhovsky, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Sunday: June 9: Jüdisches Museum Berlin
9:00     Registration
10:00   Panel VI: Mosse Fellows Panel I
Adi Armon, George L. Mosse Program, UW-Madison, “Max Nordau between George L. Mosse and Benzion Netanyahu”
Arie Dubnov, George Washington University, “Mosse’s Jerusalem, Mosse in Jerusalem”
Adi Gordon, Amherst College, “Mosse’s Portrait of Nationalism, Preceded by Nationalism’s Portrait of Mosse”
Doris Bergen, University of Toronto
Sunny Yudkoff, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Jeffrey Herf, University of Maryland, “How George L. Mosse Influenced My Scholarship”
14:45   Panel VII: Mosse Fellows Panel II
Rebekka Grossmann, The Hebrew University in Jerusalem,“South-East of Berlin: A German Jewish Photojournalist in India”
David Harrisville, Furman University, “Morality, Nazi Ideology, and the Individual in the Third Reich”
Ethan Katz, University of California, Berkeley, “Colonialism and the Holocaust in a North African Key: How the Jewish Insurgency in Algiers Reframes the Question”
Sarah Wobick-Segev, Koebner Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “German Jews Beyond Judaism? Secularism and Religious change”
Commentator/Chair: Isabel V. Hull, Cornell University
17:00   Closing Keynote:
Aleida Assmann, Universität Konstanz, Yale University, “Mosse’s Europe: Can it be Saved?”

Chair: Peter Schäfer, Jüdisches Museum Berlin


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Organizational Committee: 

Steven Aschheim
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Ofer Ashkenazi
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Skye Doney
George L. Mosse Program in History

Atina Grossmann
The Cooper Union

Mary Louise Roberts
The University of Wisconsin-Madison

Anson Rabinbach
Princeton University

Moshe Sluhovsky
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

David Sorkin
Yale University

John Tortorice
George L. Mosse Program in History

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