On what terms do religious communities have a place in modern secular societies? Could their demand for world interpretation and to the formation of the political order in a secular state be legitimate at all? Are religious law and civil law compatible? These questions – which are discussed nowadays mainly but not exclusively with regard to Political Islam – have a long history. The debates on the emancipation of European Jewry in the 19th century were already accompanied by a discussion about the specific terms on which full civic participation should be granted. At first, the conference investigates the contemporary debate about Bruno Bauer’s notorious text “The Jewish Question” (1843), focusing on the reactions of Jewish participants in the debate (Samuel Hirsch, Gabriel Riesser, Abraham Geiger, Hermann Jellinek). Those developed specific ways of Jewish encounters with the modern nation-state. Contrary to Bauer’s accusation of loyalty to Jewish law and his refusal to political emancipation, Bauer’s Jewish critics sought to develop concepts of religious pluralism in which human emancipation and collective belonging remained interconnected. Against this background, the experiences of the crisis of World War I and of the revocation of emancipation in the 1930s will be analysed and the intellectual reflections of these historical processes examined. The conference seeks to investigate the significance of the emancipation debates in the 19th century for the present and to discuss the general question of the relationship between history, religious affiliation, and liberal politics considering these findings.
Prior registration is requested until May 22nd / Email: l.fiedler(at)selma-stern-zentrum.de
FRIDAY, MAY 24 (11AM - 6PM)
Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg
11:00 - 11:30
Welcome: Liliana R. Feierstein (Berlin)
Introduction: Christian Schmidt, Lutz Fiedler
PANEL I – THE DIFFERENT MEANINGS OF EMANCIPATION
Chair: Andree Michaelis-König (Berlin)
11:30–12:20 Rahel Jaeggi (Berlin): What is Emancipation?
12:20–13:10 Michael Quante (Muenster): “The Jewish Question”. Hegelian Heritage and Left-Hegelian Traces
14:45-15:35 Micha Brumlik (Berlin): Karl Marx’ Critique of Bruno Bauer: A Case of anti-Semitism?
16:00–16:50 Judith Frishman (Amsterdam): Samuel Hirsch on Humanity, Freedom, and Love. A Jewish Response to Bruno Bauer and German Revolutionaries
17:10–18:00 Philipp Lenhard (Munich): Hermann Jellinek and the Pitfall of Jewish Atheism
// Keynote: ROSA LUXEMBURG LECTURE //
FRIDAY, MAY 24, 19:00–20:30
Fritz-Reuter-Saal (University Building), Hegelplatz, Dorotheenstr. 24
Alex Demirović (Rosa Luxemburg Foundation): Greetings
MICHAEL WALZER (PRINCETON):
SATURDAY, MAY 25 (10AM - 6PM)
Humboldt-University Berlin, Georgenstr. 47, Room 007
PANEL I – (CONTINUATION)
Chair: Elisabeth Gallas (Leipzig)
10:00–10:50 Lutz Fiedler (Berlin): Separation of Spheres. Gabriel Riesser and the Struggle for Religious Pluralism
PANEL II – AFTER THE END OF EMANCIPATION
11:10–12:00 Inka Sauter (Leipzig): After the Century of Emancipation. Franz Rosenzweig’s turn away from History
12:00-12:50 Christoph Kasten (Washington/Berlin): From Hermann Cohen to Franz Rosenzweig. Changing Perspectives Towards the State and Emancipation
14:30–15:20 Thomas Meyer (Berlin): Bruno Bauer – On a “Sprengmetapher” (Hans Blumenberg) in Hannah Arendt’s and Leo Strauss’s Writings on Emancipation
PANEL III – PAST DEBATES AND PRESENT MEANINGS
Chair: Irmela von der Lühe (Berlin)
15:40–16:30 Eva Buddeberg (Frankfurt/M): The Appropriation of Religious Contents. Addendum or Emendation of Liberalism in Habermas’ Translation Postulate?
16:50–17:40 Christian Schmidt (Leipzig/Berlin): Religious Politics and Liberal Political Order