PhD Fellows

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Tobias Michael Bitterli

Ph.D. Fellow
tobias.bitterli@mail.huji.ac.il

Academic Interests:

History and Art, History of Objects, Cultural History, Cabinets of wonder, History of Freemasonry.

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Education:

2015 - current      PhD in history at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

2011-2015            Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Master of Arts: History

2008-2011            Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Bachelor of Arts: History and Complementary Studies

 

Fellowships and Awards:

2014                    The Faculty of History at the Hebrew University's Mosse prize for  outstanding essays with the essay ''Unwarped of prejudice'': Oppenheim's The contemplation of the Rings and the question of tolerance''

2015                   The Michael Hed Z''L prize for outstanding essay with the Master thesis ''Oppenheim's The contemplation of the Rings, the German Freemasons and the question of tolerance''

 

Scholarships:                     

Scholarship from the Trink Endowment Fund for the  academic year 2015/2016

2016-                  Graduate Honors Program Hebrew University Jerusalem Mosse Scholarship

 

Memberships/Fellowships

Scholarly societies:

2011- current      Richard Koebner Center for German History at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel

2017-2018          Mosse Fellow at UW-Madison

 

Working experience:

October 2014 -   Research assistant Prof. Wahrman, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

March 2015        Teaching assistant of Prof. Menahem Blondheim, for the course ''USA: From the Civil War to the Cold War''

September 2013 - current   Hebrew  University, Jerusalem, Research assistant of Prof. Dror Wahrman       

2011- 2013          Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Research assistant ''The image of heros among German and Israeli Youth.'', Prof. Gad Yair and Yaron Girsh.

 

 

Conferences and Workshops:

2018                Paper “The Lore of the Machines” presented at Image and Text: Early Modern Visual Culture in Context, CEMS UW-Madison.            

2018                Workshop Digital Humanities - The Case of Emblem Books and Early Modern Images, CEMS UW-Madison.

 

 

Languages:

German: Mother tongue
English: Excellent
Hebrew: Excellent
French: Good
Spanish: Fair
Italian: Fair
Latin: Fair

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Irit Chen

Ph.D. Fellow
iritchen7@gmail.com

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

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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.

 

 

 

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Cécile Cohen-Blaser

Associated Ph.D. Fellow
cecile.blaser@unifr.ch

Academic interests:

German-Jewish, Israeli-Palestinian & Franco-German Reconciliation; History of European Integration; Dialogue Groups; Peace Education; Memory Studies; Oral History.

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Current project:

Structured youth encounters: an education for peace and reconciliation? A comparative study with focus on the Israeli case 

 

Academic Curriculum Vitae: 

2014 - present

University of Fribourg, Switzerland, Teaching & Research Assistant at the Department of European Studies, PhD Candidate in European Studies, supervised by Gilbert Casasus

2019 - 2020 

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of History, Visiting PhD Candidate and Doc.Mobility Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

January 2019

Catholic University Eichstätt-Ingolstadt, Germany, Visiting Lecturer

2011-2014

University of Fribourg, Switzerland, M.A. in European Studies, insigni cum laude (bilingual degree in French and German)

Thesis: Der Élysée-Vertrag aus Sicht der Schweiz/Le traité de l’Élysée vu de Suisse, supervised by Gilbert Casasus

2005-2010

University of Fribourg, Switzerland, BA in Social Sciences: Media and Communication Studies, German Language & Literature and Political Sciences, magna cum laude

Languages: English, German, French

 

Conferences:

September 2018: 12th EISA Pan-European Conference on International Relations, “The South Eastern Europe Initiative of the Franco-German Youth Office: How is the Franco-German Reconciliation Model Translated into the Balkans?”

October 2011: Colloquium “La Suisse, actrice ou spectatrice de la relation franco- allemande?” at the University of Fribourg, “Der Élysée-Vertrag aus Sicht der Schweiz”

 

Publications:

Altermatt Bernhard, Blaser Cécile, Casasus Gilbert (eds.), La Suisse dans les relations franco-allemandes / Die Schweiz in den deutsch-französischen Beziehungen, 1945 – 1963 – 2015, Somedia: Zürich, 2015. (incl. book chapter: Skepsis und Desinteresse. Der Élysée-Vertrag aus Sicht der Schweiz, p. 179-206)

Blaser Cécile, The ‘Historikerstreit’ 30 Years Later – From a Responsible Way to Remember to a Dogmatic Standardization of Facing the Past, in: Besson Samantha (ed.), International Responsibility, Essays in Law, History and Philosophy, Schulthess: Geneva 2017, p. 17-32.

 

Scholarships:

2019 - 2020 

Doc.Mobility Fellow of the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History

2016 (January-July)

Jean and Bluette Nordmann Foundation Scholarship, Visiting Research Student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Richard Koebner Minerva Center for German History

2012-2012

ERASMUS in European Studies, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris III

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Tamar Kogman

Ph.D. Fellow
tamar@woobling.org

Academic Interests:

German and European intellectual history in the 19th and 20th centuries, German ethnic and national identity, "Europe" as an idea, the European Union

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Current research:

The 'Apolitical German' and the Question of German Statehood, 1830-1919

Academic CV:

 

2020 – Minerva Fellow, University of Göttingen (host supervisor Prof. Dirk Schumann)

2019 – Armbruster Fellow, Freie Universität (host supervisor Prof. Oliver Janz)

 

2018 - present 

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of History, PhD Candidate in German intellectual history, supervised by Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi

2015-2016 

Hebrew University of Jerusalem, M.A in European Studies, magna cum laude

Thesis: Between German and European Identity Formation: Universalism and Particularism in Postwar German Intellectual Discourse, supervised by Thobias Ebbrecht-Hartmann

2010-2014

Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, B.Mus (Classical Piano Performance), magna cum laude 

Languages: Hebrew, English, German

Conferences:

 

October 2019: 30th annual international conference of the Nietzsche-Gesellschaft,  “Anti-political German, Good European, or Pure-blooded Pole? Nietzsche and Ethnicity”

 

October 2017: 25th Annual Conference of the Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration, “Emerging Public Discourse on EU Funding to NGOs and Possible Implications for EU- Israel Relations”

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Amit Levy

Ph.D. Fellow
amitlevy87@gmail.com

Academic interests:

German-Jewish Orientalism, Cultural History of Interlingual Encounters, History of Science

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Current projects: 

'The New Orient': German-Jewish Orientalism in Palestine/Israel 

Higher Education:

2016: PhD Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Supervised by Prof. Yfaat Weiss and Dr. Aya Elyada.

2013-2016: MA Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Supervised by Prof. Yfaat Weiss and Dr. Aya Elyada. MA Thesis topic: "'A Complete personal revolution': Martin Meir Plessner (1900–1973) and German-Jewish Orientalism, Between Textual and Physical Encounters."

2010-2013: BA Department of History and Department of Political Science, Hebrew University of Jerusalem. magna cum laude.

Academic Appointments: 

2017-2019: Academic coordinator, The History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem book series.

2015-2016: Organizer of MA Students workshop, School of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2015: Teaching Assistant to Dr. Alex Kerner, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2014-2016: Archivist of German-Jewish orientalist collections, National Library of Israel and DLA Marbach

2013-2014: Research Assistant to Dr. Aya Elyada, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Fellowship, Honors and Awards

2017-2020: PhD Honors Program, Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2017-2018: Leo Baeck Fellowship Program, Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes & Leo Baeck Institute London.

2016-2017: Fellow, The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2016: Research Fellow, Da'at Hamakom Center, I-Core In The Study of Modern Jewish Culture

2015: Jacob L. Talmon Prize for MA Students

2014: Dean's List (MA Humanities), Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2014: George L. Mosse Prize for BA Students

2012: The Center for Austrian Studies Scholarship for German summer course in Austria

2011-2012: Dean’s List (BA Humanities), Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2010-2011: Dean’s List (BA Humanities), Hebrew University of Jerusalem

2010: Excellence Admission Grant, Department of History, Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Languages

Hebrew, English, Arabic, German.

Publications:

“The Archive as Storyteller: Refractions of German-Jewish Oriental Studies Migration in Personal Archives,” Simon-Dubnow-Institut Yearbook XVII (2018, forthcoming).

"Orientalist Collections at the National Library of Israel," Geschichte der Germanistik 49/50 (2016), pp. 147-148.

"A Man of Contention: Martin Plessner (1900–1973) and His Encounters with the Orient," Naharaim 10.1 (September 2016), pp. 79-100.

"'The Sheik': Understanding American Orientalism through Visual and Narrative Differences in Three Decades of Discussion", Slil 10 (Winter 2016) [IN HEBREW]

"'Ma'alesh, Nistader': Arabic in the Folklore of the Palmach during the 1940s", Hayo Haya 11 (Fall 2015) [IN HEBREW]

Conferences and Workshops:

- “Islam without Muslims: German-Jewish Scholars and Oriental Studies in Palestine/Israel,” ‘Islam’ as an Epistemic Field: Imperial Entanglements and Orientalism in the German-Speaking World since 1870, Zentrum Moderner Orient. Berlin, October 2018.

- “Meeting in the Intellectual Sphere: German-Jewish Émigré Orientalists in British Mandate Palestine and 'Culture rapprochement with the Arabs',” In Global Transit: Jewish Migrants from Hitler’s Europe in Asia, Africa, and Beyond. Kolkata, February 2018.

- “German Philology, Zionist Ideology: The Contested Linguistic Legacy of Arabic Studies in Palestine/Israel,” COLLOQUE LABEX TRANSFERS-SHESL-SLP: La circulation des savoirs linguistiques et philologique entre l’Allemagne et le monde, XVI-XXe siècles. Paris, January 2018.

- “Science, Politics and the Question of Utility: German-Jewish Orientalistik in Palestine/Israel,” The Fifth Conference for Young Researchers in Jewish Studies. Potsdam, July 2017.

- “Orientalism on the Move: German-Jewish Oriental Studies in British Mandate Palestine,” Spaces and Places in German Jewish Culture: An International Workshop. Jerusalem, June 2017 [invited].

- “'To know the living and not only the dead Orient': Appointing an Arab Member at the School of Oriental Studies in Jerusalem, 1925–1937,” Israel-Palestine: Lands and People – Faith, Ideology and Education (fourth workshop). Providence, RI, April 2017 [invited].

- Presentation of PhD project, UC Berkeley / LMU Munich PhD Workshop 'Jews, Germans, and other Europeans: Modern Encounters'. Berkeley, CA, December 2016 [invited].

- “Cataloguing the Martin Plessner Collection(s): A Researcher's Point of View,” Gentner Symposium: Contested German-Jewish Cultural Property after 1945, The Sacred and the Profane. Jerusalem, September 2016 [invited].

- “The Borders of the Orient and Boundaries of Oriental Studies: Martin Plessner and the Transplantation of German-Jewish Orientalism from Germany to Palestine/Israel,” EAIS 5th Annual Conference on Israel Studies: Thinking about Israel – Borders, Boundaries and Cultures. London, September 2016.

- “'Talking Like Them, Walking Like Them, Acting Like Them': The Use of Arabic in Palmach Folklore,” Naming the Nation: Practices of Naming in Between the Conflicting Spheres of Politics, Society and Science. Munich, February 2016.

- “'A complete personal revolution'? Transferring Orientalism to Palestine and Israel - the case of Martin Plessner, 1933-1973,” The II CHAM International Conference: Knowledge Transfer and Cultural Exchanges. Lisbon, July 2015.

- “A Man of Contention: Martin Plessner and His Encounters with the Orient,” German Orientalism and the Jewish-'Arab' Question. Jerusalem, June 2015 [invited].

 

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Lior Tibet

Lior Tibet

Ph.D. Fellow
lior.tibet@gmail.com

Academic Interests:
Cultural History of Germany; Cultural Nationalism in European states; Memory and Commemoration; Propaganda during WW2 in neutral states; Cinema as propaganda.

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Current research:
Cinema, Cultural Propaganda and Soft Power: Nazi cultural policy towards Ireland, 1933-1945

Education:
2016 to present    PhD in Twentieth-Century European History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem; supervised by Prof. Ofer Ashkenazi.
2012-2015           M.A. in General History, Ben Gurion University of the Negev. Supervised by Prof. Moshe Zimmermann and Dr. Ruth Ginio. Thesis title: Cinema and History in the Nazi Regime: Bismarck Films as a Primary Historical Source.
2009-2012           B.A. in General History and Education, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Academic Appointments:
2019                     Erasmus Student at Trinity College Dublin
2019                    Tutoring for Modern Europe module, at the School of History, University College Dublin, Ireland
2017-2018           Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for War Studies, University College Dublin, Ireland
2015 to present    PhD Fellow in Koebner Minerva Center for German History, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Fellowship and Research Grants:
2020                   Ludwig Armbruster Fellowship Program at Freie Universität Berlin, host supervisor Prof. Arnd Bauerkämper (Postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19)
2019                   Erasmus Student Scholarship at Trinity College Dublin
2016 to 2019     PhD Scholarship, the Koebner Minerva Center for German History
2014-2015         M.A. Scholarship, Ben Gurion University of the Negev

Conferences and Workshops:
November 2020    “The Old and the Young King in Ireland: The Irish Film Society and German Cinema, 1936–1945​,” Decentering German Cinema, Max Kade  German-  American Center, Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis (Online conference)
August 2020    “The Irish Film Society and German cinema, 1936-1945,” History of Moviegoing, Exhibition and Reception (webinar)
March 2020    “German Cinema, Irish Identity, and Liam O'Laoghaire,” Lives and Legacies: Lesser-known Figures in Irish-German Relations, University College Cork (Invited, cancelled due to COVID-19)
June 2017     “What can Bismarck tell us about the Nazi regime?”, Graduate Workshop: "Dynamic Archives: Film, History, Heritage, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

Languages:
Hebrew (Native); English (Fluent); Spanish (B1); German (Reading)

   
   
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