Irit Chen

Irit Chen
Ph.D. Fellow

Academic Interests:
German-Israeli Relations; German-Jewish history; Jewish life in Germany after 1945; relations between Israel and Jews in Germany; New Diplomatic History.


Current research: The Israeli Purchasing Mission to Cologne between Israel and Germany, 1953-1965.
 

Academic Curriculum Vitae
Education

2017-Today: PhD student in the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Supervised by Prof. Yfaat Weiss and Dr. Sharon Livne.
2014-2016: Master of Arts (M.A), summa cum laude in Modern German and European Studies, University of Haifa.
University of Haifa Graduate Studies Dean's Prize for Outstanding Master Thesis. Supervised by Dr. Marcos Silber and Dr. Sharon Livne. M.A Thesis: 'Contact but no Established Relations': The Israeli Consulate in Munich between Israel and Germany, 1948-1953.
2011-2013: Bachelor of Arts (B.A), summa cum laude in Political Science and Psychology, University of Haifa.

Selected Fellowships, Honors and Awards
2021:   Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2020:   Research grant, the DAAD Center for German Studies at the European Forum at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2020:   The Simon Wiesenthal Award for PhD students in the field of Holocaust research.
2020:   Yad Vashem Award for PhD students in the field of Holocaust research.
2020:   Fellow, Leo Baeck Fellowship Program, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes & Leo Baeck Institute London.

2019:   Fellow, the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2019:   Prize of the Mandel Institute of Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for excellent academic achievements.
2019:  Research Fellow, Daat Hamakom Center, I-Core in the Study of Modern Jewish Culture.
2019:   Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem Award for PhD students.
2018:  The Center for Austrian Studies Scholarship for German summer course in Austria.
2018:  Research Fellow, Daat Hamakom Center, I-Core in the Study of Modern Jewish Culture.
2017: University of Haifa Graduate Studies Dean's Prize for Outstanding Master’s
Thesis.
2017:  Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael – Jewish National Fund's Prize for Outstanding Master Thesis.
2016:  University of Haifa Forum for the History of Israel and the Jewish People
World's prize for Outstanding Master’s Thesis Proposal.

Publications:
Kontakt ohne Beziehung: Das israelische Konsulat in München zwischen Israel und Deutschland, 1948-1953, Münchner Beiträge zur Jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur (2020) (forthcoming).
Between Banning and Contact: Israeli Attitudes towards Renewal of Jewish Life in Postwar Germany, in Mimeo. Blog der Doktorandinnen und Doktoranden am Dubnow-Institut [Weblog], 14 May 2019.
The Israeli Consulate in Munich, 1948–1953: Conflicting Policies towards German- Jewish Communities, Jahrbuch des Dubnow-Instituts/Dubnow Institute Yearbook 18 (2019) (forthcoming).

Academic Work Experience
2020-Today: Research assistant to Prof. Stefan Ihrig, University of Haifa.
2019-Today: Teaching M.A course “1948-1990: Israel-West Germany Relations” in the Center for German and European Studies at the University of Haifa (together with Dr. Sharon Livne).
2017-2020: Research Intermediate between the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Simon Dubnow Institute of Jewish History and Culture e. V at Leipzig University.
2017: Researcher, “Traces and Treasures of German-Jewish History in Israel”. Led by Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach and the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
2017: Research assistant, “German-Israeli Research Cooperation in the Humanities. Studies on Scholarship and Bilaterally (1970-2000)”. Led by Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Van Leer Institute Jerusalem and the Fritz Bauer Institute in Goethe University Frankfurt/Main.

Languages:
Hebrew, English, Arabic, German.

Selected Workshops and Conferences
“In the Thicket of Origins and Spaces: Israeli – German-Jewish Diplomats between Israel and Germany,” German-Israeli Archival Exchange Colloquium 2019/2020 – “Encounters”, Tel Aviv University, February 2020.
“The Renewed Encounter: Attitudes of Israeli – Jewish-German Diplomats towards West Germany,” Research Seminar at the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, May 2019.
 “'Dear Child of Israel' or 'A Cheap Partner': The Relation of the Israeli Consulate in Munich to the Rebuilding of a Jewish Community in Germany 1948-1953,” Building from Ashes – Jews in Postwar Europe (1945–1950), Goethe University Frankfurt/Main, Germany, December 2017.
 “Contact but no established Relation: The Israeli Consulate in Munich between Israel and Germany, 1948-1953,” The Annual Workshop for Young Researchers of German History and Culture in Israel, Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem, February 2017.
“The Relation of the Israeli Consulate in Munich to German Jewry 1948-1953,” Nations, Minorities and Human Rights during the 20th Century – Junior Academics' Workshop on the History of Politics, Friedrich-Schiller University Jena, Germany, June 2016.
Poster Session
 “'Contact but no Established Relation': The Israeli Consulate in Munich between Israel and Germany, 1948-1953,“ Interdisciplinary conference celebrating 25 years of DAAD funded Centers for German and European Studies, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA, December 2016.