Program and Events

Guests Lecture Series

  • Mon
    22
    Oct
    2018

    Univ. Prof. (em.) Rolf Steininger, University of Innsbruck

    6:00 pmAula, Campus Universität Wien, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1.11, 1090 Wien

    Israel- die ersten 70 Jahre

    Historiker und Nahost-Experte Rolf Steininger zeichnet auf der Basis seiner herausragenden und bislang umfassendsten Bearbeitung von historischen Dokumenten die Geschichte Israels prägnant und faktenbezogen nach. // Vortrag / deutsch

  • Tue
    20
    Nov
    2018

    Dr. Amal Bishara, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem

    6:00 pmAula, Campus Universität Wien, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 1.11, 1090 Wien

    The Arab Donor Project, a decade of experience

    Dr. Amal Bishara initiated and directed the Arab Bone Marrow Registry Outreach Project at Hadassah Medical Center.
    It is the largest bone marrow transplant registry in the world for unrelated Arab donors.  This is not only an exceptional scientific project in stem cell research, but also an outstanding peace project supported by Hadassah Austria // Lecture / english

  • Mon
    28
    Jan
    2019

    Mag. Wolfgang Sotill: Vom Mangel zum Überfluss: Wasser in Israel

    7:00 pmPresseclub Concordia, Bankgasse 8, 1010 Wien
  • Wed
    20
    Mar
    2019

    Prof. Haim Harari: Education in the Age of Knowledge - Lessons from Israel

    6:30 pmUniversität Wien, Hauptgebäude, Universitätsring 1, , 1010 Wien, Marietta Blau Saal (Arkadengang Stiege 10)
  • Mon
    29
    Apr
    2019

    Dr. Irit Dekel: New Approaches to Memorial Cultures of the Holocaust

    6:00 pmUniversität Wien, Hauptgebäude, Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien, Marietta Blau Saal (Arkadengang Stiege 10)
  • Fri
    03
    May
    2019

    Avner Shavit: "Religion in Israeli Cinema" (in cooperation with the Jewish Filmfestival Vienna)

    4:30 pmVotivkino, Währingerstraße 12, 1090 Vienna
  • Sun
    02
    Jun
    2019

    Prof. Dr. Anton Pelinka "Israel - Demokratie aus der Vielfalt"

    6:00 pmGartenpalais Schönborn (Volkskundemuseum), Laudongasse 15-19, 1080 Wien

    Gemeinsam mit der Österreichisch-Israelischen Gesellschaft feiern wir den Jerusalemtag mit einem Festvortrag von Prof. Anton Pelinka. "Israel - Demokratie aus der Vielfalt"

  • Mon
    03
    Jun
    2019

    Seminar with Shiri Shkedi-Rafid "The biopolitics of pregnancy: Prenatal genetic testing in Israel and beyond" (in cooperation with the Department of Political Science University of Vienna)

    5:00 pmUniversity of Vienna, NIG, Conference room, 2. Floor, Trakt D, Universitätsstraße 7, 1010 Vienna.

    see also: https://politikwissenschaft.univie.ac.at/en/details/news/seminar-with-shiri-shkedi-rafid-the-biopolitics-of-pregnancy-prenatal-genetic-testing-in-israel-an/?tx_news_pi1[controller]=News&tx_news_pi1[action]=detail&cHash=19fed3c39a054c58061b0a87e4f1a280

     

  • Wed
    25
    Sep
    2019

    Dr. Hanno Loewy: Totem und Tabu. Israel „ausstellen“ im Museum

    6:00 pmPresseclub Concordia, 1010 Wien, Bankgasse 8

     

    Welcome: Dr. Felicitas Heimann-Jelinek

    Dr. Hanno Loewy
    Totem und Tabu. Israel „ausstellen“ im Museum

    Jüdische Museen in Europa machen zumeist einen Bogen um Israel. Allenfalls werden dann und wann israelische Künstlerinnen und Künstler ausgestellt, doch große thematische Ausstellungen bleiben bis heute eher eine Seltenheit.
    Und wenn, dann sind Ausstellungen über Israel und Palästina immer wieder ein Politikum. Einerseits spiegelt sich darin die Polarisierung israelischer Innenpolitik – und die grundlegende innerjüdische Debatte um Diaspora und Nationalstaat. Doch seitdem rechtspopulistische Politiker in Europa und den Amerikas ihre Liebe zum „nationalen Projekt“ der Juden entdeckt haben, wird auch in der nichtjüdischen Öffentlichkeit das Bild Israels zum heiß umkämpften symbolischen Gelände – in dem es schon lange nicht mehr nur um traditionelle antisemitische Vorurteile geht. Seitdem der Islam als neues und zugleich traditionell aufgeladenes Feindbild in Europa entdeckt wird, ist der Staat Israel zum wohlfeilen Einsatz in den politischen Kontroversen der Gegenwart geworden: um ethnischen Nationalismus vs. offene Gesellschaft, um liberale vs. illiberale Demokratie, um die Rhetorik des christlich-jüdischen Abendland, die gegen Einwanderung und Asyl für Flüchtlinge in Stellung gebracht wird. Wenn jüdische Museen sich auf das Territorium dieses Minenfelds begeben, ist öffentlicher Streit nicht weit – und er kreist um viele Fragen zugleich: Wieviel Kritik an Israel ist „erlaubt“? Welche Aufgabe hat ein Museum? Und was überhaupt ist „jüdisch“ an einem „Jüdischen Museum“ das mit öffentlichen Mitteln betrieben wird und im öffentlichen Auftrag agiert?

    Hanno Loewy, Direktor des Jüdischen Museums Hohenems, reflektiert am Beispiel einiger Ausstellungen und sich an ihnen entzündender Konflikte unterschiedliche Strategien der Annäherung an eine offenkundig umstrittene Materie.

    Hanno Loewy, geb. 1961 in Frankfurt, Dr. phil. Film- und Literaturwissenschaftler. Von 1995 bis 2000 Gründungsdirektor des Fritz Bauer Instituts für Holocauststudien in Frankfurt, seit 2004 Direktor des Jüdischen Museum Hohenems. Zahlreiche Veröffentlichungen zur Jüdischen Geschichte und Gegenwart, zur Film- und Medientheorie, zur Fotogeschichte und zur Geschichte und Rezeption des Holocaust. Darunter: Holocaust: Grenzen des Verstehens (Reinbek 1992), Taxi nach Auschwitz (Berlin 2002), Béla Balázs: Märchen, Ritual und Film (Berlin 2003), Gerüchte über die Juden. Antisemitismus, Philosemitismus und aktuelle Verschwörungstheorien (Essen 2005), Hast Du meine Alpen gesehen? Eine jüdische Beziehungsgeschichte (mit Gerhard Milchram, Hohenems 2009), Jukebox. Jewkbox! Ein jüdisches Jahrhundert auf Schellack & Vinyl (Hohenems 2014)

    Diese Veranstaltung wir in Kooperation mit der Österreichisch-Israelischen Gesellschaft organisiert

  • Wed
    23
    Oct
    2019

    Book Launch: Prof. Itamar Rabinovich: "Jitzchak Rabin. Als Frieden noch möglich schien. Eine Biographie"

    6:30 pmDiplomatische Akademie Wien, Favoritenstraße 15A, 1040 Wien

    Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich in conversation with Dr. Doron Rabinovici 

    Chair: Dr. Hannes Androsch Honorary President of »Friends of the Tel Aviv University« Austria
    Welcome:  Ambassador Emil Brix Director of the Diplomatic Academy, Vienna

    Die Veranstaltung wird in englischer Sprache sein.
    Bitte um Anmeldung unter: office@center-for-israel-studies.at

  • Thu
    14
    Nov
    2019

    Amnon Rechter (Rechter Architects): ""why do cities kill themselves?"

    7:00 pmbene - Vortragssaal, Neutorgasse 4-8, 1010 Wien

    Welcome: Marie-Therese Harnoncourt - Fuchs, the next ENTERprise Architects

    With the generous support of bene and in cooperation with the Austrian-Israeli Society

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    Rechter Architects-A Story of Three Generations the oldest architectural firm in Israel

    Our architectural practice was formed in the 20's by Zeev Rechter returning from studies in Paris and designing a series of buildings from housing in Tel Aviv to public building like hotels in Herzelia and the Dead Sea and the Concert Hall in Jerusalem. In 1949 his son, Yacov Rechter, joined the firm and together they collaborated on the design of important public buildings like the "Mann Auditorium" in Tel Aviv, The Resort Hotel in Nazareth and Law courts in Tel Aviv.

    In 1960 after Zeev Rechter death Yacov Rechter continued to develop and design many significant and versatile projects that included Hospitals, Hotels, University Projects, Housing, Town Planning Schemes and other major projects like the Center for the Performing Arts in Tel Aviv. In 1973 Yacov Rechter won the Israel Prize for Architecture for the design of the Hotel in Zichron Yacov. In 1989 his son, Amnon Rechter, received the Architectural Association diploma and the Royal Institute of British Architects Part II. From 1994 he is a partner in the firm.

    After Yacov's death in 2001, Amnon continued to design major projects in Israel and abroad, in 2008 Amnon received the prestigious award "Most influential architect in Israel" for a theatre project. Today we continue to design major landmark projects, Auditoriums, Hospitals, Law-Courts, Hotels and Civic Centers. Rechter architects is widely regarded as one of the top firms in Israel.

  • Tue
    10
    Dec
    2019

    Prof. Anat Gilboa. Imaging the Unimaginable: The Holocaust in Israeli Visual Culture

    6:00 pmWiener Wiesenthal Institut für Holocaust-Studien (VWI), Rabensteig 3, 1010 Wien

    This talk analyzes the reconstruction of traditional concepts of the ‘Jewish Mother’ through visual culture. Based on the 1943 Holocaust photograph of the Warsaw Ghetto by the Viennese born
    Nazi Officer Franz Konrad, Nir Hod, an Israeli-born artist, created a series of paintings
    Mother (2012). In the series, one of the photographed women is painted on several large
    canvases. Influenced by the Post-war German artist Gerhard Richter, whose photography-based
    paintings such as Onkel Rudi (1965) were important references for the Israeli artist, Hod chose to
    depict an overlooked female figure in the photo and painted her. As opposed to the German
    artist, whose paintings underline the importance of documenting Germany’s Nazi past and its
    ideology, Hod chose not to commemorate the past but to use the photograph to paint a better
    future.

    In her talk Dr. Gilboa will argue that Hod’s work is a visual discourse, promoting cultural internationality and gender equality. She will demonstrate that he utilizes the photograph-based painting, not just as a reminder of the past, but to offer alternatives to traditional assumptions. To support this argument, she will consider discussions such as Ulrike Brunotte’s studies on traditional gender roles in Judaism as well as in antisemitism. In sum, by dedicating a series of paintings entitled ‘Mother’ to an overlooked female figure in the photograph of the Warsaw Ghetto, Nir Hod created a symbolic figure of a modern woman whose role as a ‘Jewish Mother’ is a manifestation of modernity.

     

  • 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/

    👉CANCELLATION👈
    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).