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Ergebnisanzeige "Zionism and Lebensphilosophie"
RessourcentypKonferenzen, Tagungen, Kolloquien
TitelZionism and Lebensphilosophie
BeschreibungThe Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

International Workshop
Zionism and Lebensphilosophie

May 21-22, Jerusalem

Workshop Convener: Ofer Nordheimer Nur, The Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

The conference will be held at The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, 43 Jabotinsky street, Jerusalem Tel. 02-5606205,

Workshop Abstract:
Since its rise in Central Europe in the late nineteenth century as a field of political action and a domain of intense fantasies, Zionism was connected with the most profound European currents that have characterized the advent of secular modernity and its crises. The makeup of the Zionist movement can only be grasped in the wider context of the intellectual and mental orbit of “old Europe” which the Zionists both rejected and upheld. This axiomatic assumption informs our understanding of all of the disparate components that made up the movement – its dreams and aspirations; its ideologies, myths and narratives; its expressions of nationalism and cosmopolitanism; its socialism and capitalistic enterprise; and its peculiar political organization.

In recent years, a growing number of young historians of Zionism has have reached into new frontiers in the search for unexplored layers and little articulated dimensions of the Zionist project, its ideals and practices. The workshop Zionism and Lebensphilosophie builds on some of these projects. Distinguished by the manner in which they trace and uncover the religiosity of “secular” Zionism, these young historians wish to bring into discussion the ways in which the Zionist project was embedded in the German Kulturpessimismus of the late nineteenth century and its second wave – the anti-rational reactions to the trauma of World War I. They found that Lebensphilosophie, the anti-liberal, anti-democratic and irrationalist cornerstone of the German Kulturkritik, is sine qua non for a deeper understanding of key concepts in the Zionist quest: the negation of the Diaspora, the image of a “new man,” the post-liberal perception and expressions of Zionist realization, and the very content and contours of its mission. In presenting and discussing the works of these young historians, the workshop will also shed new light on our understanding of Zionist practices: the pioneers’ distinct expressions of their desire for the land, the formation of the kibbutz as a part of the central European quest for Gemeinschaft; and the spontaneous, then later socially engineered new type of “Jewish self.”

Secular Zionism as a political project of national sovereignty aimed at re-immersing Jews into the current of history. This quest was expressed by individual Zionist agents on a meta-political plane. This plane was at times aesthetic, erotic, metaphysical and theological and requires an analysis beyond the no longer adequate concepts of “neo-romanticism”, or “post-Nietzscheanism”.

With this perspective, an entire field of inquiry opens up. This field examines the tacit, hidden, and dark corners of the European human experience in the first decades of the twentieth century and the various ways which they expressed themselves, reverberated, or were suppressed in the framework of the Zionist project. The new research strives to transcend the towering historical perspectives of nationalism, socialism and colonialism; in going beyond the study of ideologies it examines percisely that which has so far been dismissed as merely poetic, mystical, irrational or juvenile. It asks: what were the channels of transmission through which these undercurrents found their way to shape the very soul of the Zionist project? What was inside Zionism’s “black box”?

Workshop Program:

Wednesdy, May 21

9:15 – 9:45 Gathering

9:45 – 10:00
Gabriel Motzkin, Director, The Van Leer Institute,
Steven Aschheim, Director, The Rosenzweig Minerva Center,
Greetings and Opening Remarks

10:00 – 11:00
Robert Norton, University of Notre Dame
Lebensphilosophie and its Discontents

11:00 – 12:00
Nitzan Lebovic, Tel Aviv University

Lebensphilosophie as Radical Critique: Israel during the 1950s

12:00-13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00
Philipp Theisohn, University of Tübingen

The Body Politic of Zionism: Klages, Beitar, Schönberg

14:00-14:30 Coffee break

14:30 – 16:00
Children of the Sun
film by Ran Tal (2007, in Hebrew with English subtitles)

Thursday, May 22

9:30 – 10:00 Gathering

10:00 – 11:00
Yotam Hotam, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Jacob Klatzkin and Hans Jonas: Two Types of Lebensphilosophie in

11:00 – 12:00
Ofer Nordheimer Nur, The Hebrew University

Eros and Tragedy: Hashomer Hatzair Youth Movement and Lebensphilosophie

12:00 – 13:00
Robert Norton, University of Notre Dame
The George Circle, Lebensphilosophie and Zionism

13:00-14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00
Martin Treml, Zentrum für Literature- und Kulturforschung, Berlin

Martin Buber´s Study of Mysticism and the Predicament of Lebensphilosophie

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30 – 16:00
Concluding Discussion
Chair: Sharon Gordon, Richard Koebner Minerva Research Center

Quelle der BeschreibungInformation des Anbieters
KontaktdatenName/Institution: The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute 
Strasse/Postfach: 43 Jabotinsky street 
Stadt: Jerusalem  
SchlüsselbegriffeHistorische Semantik (Wissensgeschichte, Mentalitätsgeschichte, Ideengeschichte); Komparatistik (Kulturvergleich, Interkulturelle Literaturwissenschaft); Literatur 1880 - 1945
Klassifikation16.00.00 Jahrhundertwende (1880-1914) > 16.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte; 17.00.00 20. Jahrhundert (1914-1945) > 17.03.00 Geistes- und Kulturgeschichte
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