11. Februar 2013

Martin-Buber-Professur: Internationaler Workshop in Beer Sheva

The Study and Appropriation of Kabbalah in the Modern Period

Im Rahmen des von der Thyssen-Stiftung geförderten Kooperationsprojekts mit der Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Beer Sheva) zum Thema "The Academic Study of Jewish Mysticism in the Modern Period (1830-1941)" veranstaltet die Martin-Buber-Professur für Jüdische Religionsphilosophie am Montag, den 11. Februar 2013 gemeinsam mit dem Goldstein-Goren International Center for Jewish Thought in Beer Sheva einen internationalen Workshop unter dem Titel "The Study and Appropriation of Kabbalah in the Modern Period".

Link zur Projektbeschreibung

2 Studentische Hilfskraftstellen zu besetzen

Im Dekanat und im Projekt WiBiLex sind zwei Hilfskraftstellen zu besetzen.

Ausschreibung Dekanat

Ausschreibung WiBiLex

24. Januar 2013

Einladung zur öffentlichen Disputation

Der Fachbereich Evangelische Theologie lädt ein zur

Öffentlichen Disputation

im Rahmen des Dissertationsverfahrens von Herrn

Martin Schmuck

am Donnerstag, 24. Januar 2013, 17.15 Uhr s.t.,

Raum 1.701 NG, Campus Westend

Die Dissertation trägt den Titel:

Peirces "Religion of Science" - Studien zu den Grundlagen einer naturalistischen Theologie

Der Dekan

24. Januar 2013

Martin-Buber-Professur und das Graduiertenkolleg „Theologie als Wissenschaft“ laden herzlich zum Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Ismar Schorsch (New York) ein.

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Ismar Schorsch (New York)

Titel: The Convergence of Islamic and Jewish Studies in 19th Century Germany

Zeit: Donnerstag, 24. Januar 2013, 18 c.t.
Ort: NG, 1.741a


Islam and Judaism underwent in tandem a far-reaching process of critical scholarship in 19th century Germany. Moreover, it was the outsized role of Jewish scholars that brought these parallel developments to converge and fructify each other. The function of this lecture is to identify the stages and scholars of this symbiotic relationship, to account for its emergence and to illustrate its depth in the extraordinary friendship of Heinrich Fleischer and Ignaz Goldziher.


Prof. Dr. Ismar Schorsch is chancellor emeritus of The Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and Rabbi Herman Abramovitz Professor of Jewish History.  As a top scholar in the field of modern Jewish history and a leading figure of the American Conservative Movement, he has addressed the important issue of modern Jewish scholarship as a central factor in the reconstruction of Jewish identity and self-presentation. Professor Schorsch’s book, From Text to Context: The Turn to History in Modern Judaism (1994), was translated into Hebrew and published in Israel in 1999. Four years later, the National Foundation for Jewish Culture honored him with a Jewish Cultural Achievement Award in Historical Studies. His most recent book is Canon Without Closure (March 2007, Aviv Press), a wide-ranging collection of Torah commentaries written during his tenure as chancellor of JTS. In 2004, he published a two-volume collection of the articles and essays titled Polarities in Balance, and in 1995, The Sacred Cluster: The Core Values of Conservative Judaism. He is currently working on a biography of Moritz Steinschneider and more generally on the interdisciplinary nature of Oriental studies in the 19th century.

14. Januar 2013

Martin-Buber-Professur: Einladung zum Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Richard Wolin

Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Richard Wolin

Zeit: Montag, 14. Januar 2013, 18 c.t.
Ort: Campus Westend, NG, Raum 1.701

Apocalypse Now: Walter Benjamin and the Legacy of Jewish Secular Messianism

Walter Benjamin's essay on the "Kritik der Gewalt" has had a curious afterlife. When it first appeared in 1921, it passed almost unnoticed. However, following the collapse of communism, among proponents of the Cultural Left it acquired a canonical salience, in large measure owing to Jacques Derrida's systematic reliance on it in "The Force of Law: the Mystical Foundation of Political Authority" (1994). However, many of these later interpretations have overlooked the pivotal role that Benjamin's justification of "divine violence" played in his early attempts to revivify political theology, in "Kritik der Gewalt" and related texts. Finally, what does it tell us about the impasses and confusions of the political present that Benjamin's 1921 text has become, in certain quarters, a major ethico-political point of reference? Many of these issues revolve around the question of the role that political theology might play in contemporary "post-secular" societies.

Richard Wolin ist Distinguished Professor of History at the CUNY Graduate Center, New York.