Memory, Identity, and Limits of Understanding: Jewish Sources and Resources – University of Copenhagen

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Memory, Identity, and Limits of Understanding: Jewish Sources and Resources

The aim of this event is to investigate pivotal questions of memory and identity and to explore the limits of understanding 'after Auschwitz.' The workshop and conference are part of a larger project. In order to develop post-Holocaust hermeneutics in history, philosophy, theology, literary studies, theory of culture, and psychology, Jewish sources and resources will be discussed – with a special focus on the 19th-21st century.


March 25:

  • Avi Sagi-Schwartz (Haifa): “Life in the Shadow of the Holocaust: A Human Development Perspective across Generations”
  • Natan Kellermann (Jerusalem): “Holocaust Trauma”

March 26:

  • Paul Mendes-Flohr (Chicago/Jerusalem): “Jewish Intellectuals Confront Modernity: Walter Benjamin, Martin Buber, and Leo Strauss”
  • Rebecca Comay (Toronto): “Paradoxes of Lament: Benjamin, Trauerspiel, Hamlet”
  • Christina von Braun (Berlin): “Kann man das Böse sehen? Religion, Medientechnik und die Sichtbarkeit von NS-Tätern”
  • Trine Amalie Fog Christiansen (Copenhagen): “‘As if’ an Otherwise were Possible“
  • Cathrine Bjørnholt Michaelsen (Copenhagen): “Trauma and Responsibility in Derrida and Lévinas”
  • Laila Bomose (Copenhagen): “The Ethics of Memory and the Limits of Ethics”
  • Christian Wiese (Frankfurt): “Human Responsibility for the Divine? Hans Jonas’ Concept of God after Auschwitz Revisited”

 March 28:

  • Amir Eshel (Stanford): “Futurity: Why the Past Matters“

Participation is free, but registration is required before March 10, 2014 (few available seats). 
Please fill in the registration form and indicate your name, email address, institutional affiliation, and the day(s) you will be present at the conference.