CFP: Leo Baeck Summer University 2020 - Survival. Biographies - Spaces - Narratives, Berlin (15.03.2020)

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Call for Applications


Leo Baeck Summer University (LBSU) 2020



Biographies – Spaces – Narratives


July 06–17, 2020, Berlin


Organized by
Selma Stern Zentrum fü
r Jüdische Studien Berlin-Brandenburg 



Deadline for applications: March 15, 2020


More than 90 years ago, the renowned historian Salo W. Baron critiqued that the "lachrymose conception of Jewish history" is a narrowing of Jewish history, as it limits the history of Jews between coexistence und exclusion to negative experiences alone. Nevertheless, it is undeniable that questions of survival concern not only individual fates, but also the existence of an entire collective. This history encompasses testimonies and memories of events, their presence in literature and religious practice, strategies of survival, and new beginnings.

The interdisciplinary Leo Baeck Summer University aims at doctoral students from all disciplines who deal with aspects of “survival” in their dissertations. The program will focus on applying theoretical approaches and research to the fields of Jewish history, literature, culture, and religion. This two-week workshop includes guest lectures, seminar-style discussions, as well as excursions in Berlin, and students are required to present and discuss their own research projects; guest lecturers with expertise in the field will provide feedback. The final program will be developed in accordance with the participants’ research topics. The summer school will be conducted in English.


The Leo Baeck Summer University aims to lay the foundation for an international network of doctoral candidates and postdoctoral researchers in the interdisciplinary field of Jewish studies.




Academic directors are Prof. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Prof. Rainer Kampling. They will be supported by an international team of experts in German-Jewish history, philosophy, literature, culture, and religion.


Executive Manager: Adina Stern


Application requirements: 

The program is open to doctoral students, postdocs, and in exceptional cases masters program students shortly before completion of their degree. 


Application documents: 

Please send your application documents as a pdf-file to by March 15, 2020Incomplete applications will not be considered:

Completed application form:

- Copy of passport / identity card
- Brief description of project proposal (max. 2 pages) – please provide a maximum of ten book titles in your bibliography
- Academic résumé (maximum 2 pages, including publications list)

- Letter of recommendation by a university instructor (should be sent separately as a pdf-file to info@lbsu.deby March 15, 2020)


Leo Baeck Summer University – Sophienstr. 22a – 10178 Berlin – Germany – Tel. +49 (0) 30/2093-66311 – Fax +49 (0) 30/2093-66325 


Participation fee: 

300.00 euros 

Upon request, funds may be made available to contribute partly to travel costs.



Application deadline: March 15, 2020
Decisions will be announced by April 15, 2020 

Submission of a discussion paper: June 01, 2020 

Summer school dates: July 06–17, 2020 


Redaktion: Constanze Baum – Lukas Büsse – Mark-Georg Dehrmann – Nils Gelker – Markus Malo – Alexander Nebrig – Johannes Schmidt

Diese Ankündigung wurde von H-GERMANISTIK [Nils Gelker] betreut –

In cooperation with:

Agentur für Bildung -Geschichte, Politik und Medien e.V.