This conference, the Second International Workshop on Gender in German Jewish History, will explore the history of Jewish masculinities in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Germany. The first workshop took place in October 2003 in Hamburg at the Institute for the History of Jews in Germany under the title "Rethinking Jewish Women's and Gender History." The conference volume "Deutsch-Jüdische Geschichte als Geschlechtergeschichte: Studien zum 19. und 20. Jahrhundert" will appear in German by the end of this year.
The 2005 San Diego Workshop now turns to the history of masculinities. For decades scholars have been calling attention to anti-Semitic concepts of Jewish masculinity. By the late nineteenth century, German anti-Semites had popularized the notion of a distorted Jewish gender order and criticized Jewish men for being weak in body, meek in personality, and dominated by all too assertive wives. In recent years, historians have moved beyond examining the claims of anti-Semites and have started to explore these issues from Jewish perspectives. Indeed, we find German-Jewish men who embraced ideals of a gentle Jewish masculinity. Moreover, some Jewish studies scholars have claimed that Jewish communities throughout the ages have distinguished themselves from surrounding societies by a distinct gender organization. At our conference we shall interrogate this notion of a Jewish gender order; we will examine how German-Jewish men negotiated Jewishness, manliness, and Germanness, and how ideals and practices of Jewish masculinities in Germany changed as Jews navigated the dilemmas of acculturation, integration, and exclusion in the crucible of German modernity.
A full fee registration of $150 covers transportation to and from the hotel and three lunches. Graduate Student registration covers the same amenities and costs $100. Local participants must register and can purchase lunch for $20 each. Please contact Erin Svalstad (<firstname.lastname@example.org> or at 858-534-4551) for more details on lodging and registration.
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Panel 1 - BEFORE MODERNITY
Ishay Rosen-Zvi (Hebrew University, Jerusalem), "Rabbinic Masculinity: Almost a Decade after 'Unheroic Conduct'"
Andreas Gotzmann (University of Erfurt), "Gender Action in Early Modern Western Ashkenaz: Social Behavior in Jewish Culture"
Comment: David Biale (University of California, Davis)
Panel 2 - JEWISH MEN IN THE BIEDERMEIER ERA
Chair: Steven Lowenstein (University of Judaism, Los Angeles)
Karen Hagemann (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), "Man, Jew, Prussian, Soldier: The Many Identities of the Jewish Officer Meno Burg (1789-1853)"
Benjamin Maria Baader (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg), "Sensitive Jewish Men at Ease: Bourgeois Religiosity and the Feminine Spirit of Judaism"
Comment: Deborah Hertz (University of California, San Diego)
Keynote Address by Sander Gilman (University of Illinois at Chicago)
"Sexual Identity and Jewish Identity in Modern Germany: The Case of N. O. Body"
Monday, December 12, 2005
Panel 3 - THE SENSITIVE JEWISH MAN
Chair: Marion Kaplan (New York University)
Robin Judd (Ohio State University, Columbus), "Moral, Clean Men of the Jewish Faith: Jewish Rituals and their Male Practitioners"
Stefanie Schueler-Springorum (Institute for the History of Jews in Germany, Hamburg), "Soft Heroes: Male Jewish Identity in Second Empire Germany"
Panel 4 - SOLDIERS AND STUDENTS AT THE CLOSE OF THE CENTURY
Chair: Robert Moeller (University of California at Irvine)
Miriam Ruerup (Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig), "From Jewish Students to German Soldiers? German-Jewish Student Fraternities and World War I"
Lisa Swartout (Indiana University South Bend), "Making Middle-Class Men and Negotiating National Identities: Jewish and Catholic Students at German Universities"
Comment: Paul Lerner (University of Southern California)
Panel 5 - MUSCLE JEWS IN GERMANY AND PALESTINE
Chair: Todd Presner (University of California at Los Angeles)
Etan Bloom (Tel Aviv University), "Towards a Theory of the Zionist Handshake: The Conduct of Muscle Judaism"
Comment: Derek Penslar (University of Toronto)
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
Panel 6 - RACE AND MASCULINITY IN WEIMAR CULTURE
Chair: David Luft, (University of California at San Diego)
Ann Goldberg, (University of California at Riverside), "The Black Jew
with the Blonde Heart: Friedrich Gundolf and Jewish Conservative
Bohemianism in the Weimar Republic"
Sharon Gillerman, (Hebrew Union College, Los Angeles), "Jewish
Bodies, German Masks: Negotiating the Limits of Masculinity in
Comment: Frank Biess (University of California at San Diego)
Panel 7- JEWISH MASCULINITY IN THE NAZI ERA
Chair: Till van Rahden (University of Cologne)
Judith Gerson, (Rutgers University), "German-Jewish Masculinities
among Nazi-Era Refugees in New York City"
Eugene Sheppard (Brandeis University), "The Master's Two Bodies: Reflections on German-Jewish Male Elite Circles in the Press of Twentieth-Century History"
Comment: Atina Grossmann (Cooper Union University, New York)
Panel 8 - WHITHER NEW RESEARCH?
Daniel Boyarin (University of California, Berkeley)
Ute Frevert (Yale University / University of Bielefeld)
Paula Hyman (Yale University)
David Myers (University of California at Los Angeles)
Planning Committee: Benjamin Maria Baader, Chair. Members: Sharon Gillerman, Deborah Hertz, Paul Lerner, Steven Lowenstein, Monika Richarz, Stefanie Schueler-Springorum.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD); Department of History at the University of Southern California (Los Angeles); The Center for Jewish Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles; Judaic Studies Program, University of California at San Diego; Center for Humanities, University of California at San Diego.
Institute for the History of Jews in Germany (Hamburg); Leo Baeck Institute (New York City); Wissenschaftliche Arbeitsgemeinschaft des Leo Baeck Instituts in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Hebrew Union College (Los Angeles).