Program and Events

Guests Lecture Series

  • Tue
    28
    Jan
    2020

    To commemorate the International Holocaust Remembrance Day we cordially invite to a  Special Screening at the House of Austrian History. Bureau 06 - The Architects of the Trial.  A documentary film by Yoav Halevy

    6:30 pmHaus der Geschichte Österreich, Eingang: Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Standort: Neue Burg, Heldenplatz, Wien.

    To commemorate the
    International Holocaust Remembrance Day we cordially invite to a

    Special Screening at the House of Austrian History

    Bureau 06 - The Architects of the Eichmann Trial
    A documentary film by Yoav Halevy (Open Doors Films/Israel)

    "...This is the dramatic story of Bureau 06, the team of police investigators formed for the sole purpose of investigating and preparing the grave charges brought by the Jewish people
    against Adolf Eichmann, during the trial that took place in Jerusalem, 1961..."

    Welcome: Dr. Monika Sommer, Director House of Austrian History
    The screening will be followed by a conversation with H.E. Ambassador Mordechai Rodgold, film director Yoav Halevy and historian Univ. Doz. Dr. Heidemarie Uhl, moderated by Dr. Thomas Ballhausen

    Entrance: Main entrance at the Neue Burg/Heldenplatz/Nationalbibliothek

    In cooperation with the Embassy of Israel, the House of Austrian History and the Austrian-Israeli Society

     

  • Wed
    18
    Mar
    2020

    CANCELED: Prof. Shelly Zer-Zion. The Shtetl in the Eretz-Israeli Theatre of the 1930's and the performance of ethnic Zionism

    7:00 pmUniversity of Vienna, Theatre, Film and Media Studies. UZA II, Rotunde / 2H 467, Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna location: https://tfm.univie.ac.at/ueber-uns/standorte-und-lageplaene/

    👉CANCELATION👈
    Dear friends,
    Due to new instructions concerning Coronavirus in Israel warnings were issued by Israel's Health Ministry to both citizens and visitors to Israel. All travelers returning from i.a. Austria are ordered to go into a 14-day quarantine, effective immediately. For this reason, we highly regret that the evening lecture by Shelly Zer-Zion at the University of Vienna, Theatre, Film, and Media Studies will be canceled. We hope to give notice very soon regarding a new date for this outstanding lecture. Please accept our apologies!

     

     

     

    The Shtetl in the Eretz-Israeli Theatre of the 1930s and the performance of ethnic Zionism

    During the 1930s the two Hebrew repertoire theatre companies of the Yishuv, Habima, and the Ohel, performed a large corpus of plays dealing with the landscapes of the Eastern European Jewish shtetl.  Their fascination with the shtetl is surprising, considering the fact that these two companies were deeply committed to the Zionist project, whose ethos was the building of a new society in Eretz-Israel and the negation of the diasporic Jewish existence.  In this lecture, I would like to explore the landscapes of the shtetl as they were presented on the Hebrew stage of the 1930s and to analyze their aesthetic and cultural meaning for their audience at that time. I would like to show that the shtetl plays formed a memory landscape that served as a mechanism for the formation of a modern, consolidated, ethnic Jewish collective in Palestine, which shared a unified narrative of its past as well as national aspirations for the future.

    Welcome: Prof. Dr. Brigitte Dalinger, University of Vienna, Theatre, Film and Media Studies

    Date: 18 March 2020, 19:00

    Location: University of Vienna, Theatre, Film and Media Studies. UZA II, Rotunde / 2H 467, Althanstraße 14, 1090 Vienna - https://tfm.univie.ac.at/ueber-uns/standorte-und-lageplaene/

     

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    Prof. Shelly Zer-Zion is a faculty member at the department of theatre at the University of Haifa. Prior to this position, she was a Fulbright post-doctoral scholar at NYU and the director of the Israeli Center for the Documentation of the Performing Arts. Her research focuses on the history of modern Jewish theatre in Hebrew and Yiddish, and its role in the formation of Jewish national culture.  She published numerous articles on the subject in journals such as the Journal of Modern Jewish Studies and Jewish Social Studies. She is the author of the book Habima in Berlin: The Institutionalization of a Zionist Theatre (Magness Press, 2015). A German version of the book was published in Fink Verlag in 2016. She is a co-editor of the volume Habima: New Studies on National Theatre (Resling, 2017).

     

  • Wed
    24
    Jun
    2020

    Discourse of Suspicion: Unpacking the Debate between Zionism and Postcolonialism

    7:30 pmWEB FORUM Center for Israel Studies Vienna

    Join the Web Forum of the Center for Israel Studies Vienna for a controversial debate:

    “Discourse of Suspicion: Unpacking the Debate between Zionism and Postcolonialism

    Please register at office@center-for-israel-studies.at  (we will send you the link to our Zoom event)
    These two articles should give short background information
    KeywordsAchille Mbembecontroversyanti-SemitismBDS movement

    DW - Deutsche Welle, 30 April 2020. Article by Sabine Peschel
    https://www.dw.com/en/why-achille-mbembe-was-accused-of-anti-semitism/a-53293797
    Die Zeit, 20 May 2020. Interview with Felix Klein, commissioner for the fight against anti-Semitism in Germany
    "I See No Need for an Apology"
    https://www.zeit.de/kultur/2020-05/felix-klein-holocaust-achille-mbembe-protests-english?sort=desc

    24 June 2020
    7:30 pm (CEST)
    via ZOOM

    Welcome: Professor Barbara Prainsack 

    The discussion will be moderated by Dr Eleonore Lappin-Eppel, Vicepresident of the Center for Israel Studies Vienna
    This event will be conducted in English. It will be broadcast live at the Center for Israel Studies FB Page.

    Our virtual panel will be recorded and will be available on our website after the event.

    About the panelists:

    Dr Dani Kranz: 2009 Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, University of St. Andrews in St Andrews. Director, Two Foxes Consulting, Germany; Senior Research Affiliate, Bergische University Wuppertal, Germany; External Research Affiliate, Zelikovitz Center for Jewish Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada. Publications: i.a. “Thinking Big: Classical Jewish Studies, Jewish Studies Past, Present, Presence and Israel Studies Thought Together, in Intersections of Jewish Studies and Israel Studies in the 21st Century”(eds.) Carsten Schapow and Klaus Hödl, 2019, and “Foreign Europeans in a Post-Colonial Context: The Entanglement of Inclusion and Exclusion on Macro-, Meso-, and Micro Levels of non-Jewish, Foreign Spouses and Partners of Israeli Jews in Israel” https://grenzenlos.hypotheses.org/93, 2015.

    Prof Dr Natan Sznaider: 1992 PhD in Sociology from Columbia University in New York, USA; 1993 lecturer in Sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem; 1994 Associate Professor of Sociology at the Academic College of Tel-Aviv; 1998–1999 Visiting Professor at the Institute for Sociology at the University of Munich. Currently Professor at the Academic College of Tel Aviv–Yaffo.
    Publications: i.a. “Neuer Antisemitismus? Fortsetzung einer globalen Debatte” (ed. with Doron Rabinovici and Christian Heilbronn); edition suhrkamp, Berlin, 2019; “Herzl reloaded. Kein Märchen” with Doron Rabinovici, edition suhrkamp, Berlin, 2016. “The Holocaust and Memory in the Global Age” with Daniel Levy, Temple University Press, Philadelphia, 2006. “Gesellschaften in Israel – Eine Einführung in zehn Bilder“, edition suhrkamp, Berlin, 2017.