Centre for Gender and Diversity CGD,Maastricht University 


The Centre for Gender and Diversity (CGD) focuses on the arts as a shaping social force, studying both elite and popular cultural forms, i.e. fiction, poetry, film, the performing arts, and children’s media. Its research crosses the divide between the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences. With Associate Professor Dr. habil Ulrike Brunotte, who read religious studies, philosophy and literary studies (German/American) the Centre has an expert in masculinity and colonial studies. Brunotte studies the intersection of gender, religion and race in colonial discourses. Her research focuses also on the role of masculinity, race/Antisemitism and homosexuality in European (German) nation-building processes. Her current research project, funded by DFG, the International Research Center for Cultural Studies 2007 (IFK) Vienna, the Graduate School for Cultural Studies (GCSC) 2008, and the Monika Steegmann Foundation, focuses on the history of Religionswissenschaft and the intertwinements of gender codes, Orientalism, and colonial knowledge transfers around 1900. Publications include Dämonen des Wissens. Gender, Performativität und materielle Kultur im Werk von Jane Ellen Harrison (2013) and Männlichkeiten und Moderne. Geschlecht in Wissensdiskursen um 1900 (2008).

The director of the Centre, Dr. Lies Wesseling (Associate Prof.) is a scholar in English, comparative literature, and children’s literature. Her current research is on the cultural construction of childhood, more specifically on narrative strategies for the ‘kinning’ of foreigners in global adoption. She studies colonial and postcolonial discourses that construct the ‘adoptable’ child. Together with Tilburg University she has established a NWO-funded project on new forms of cultural literacy. She also coordinates the NWO-funded international network PLACIM (Platform for a Cultural History for Children’s Media). Publications include Het heilige huis: De Gotieke vertelling in de Nederlandse literatuur (2006) and Writing History as a Prophet: Postmodern Innovations of the Historical Novel.

Prof. Maaike Meijer is an expert within the field of modern Dutch literature and popular culture, most notably poetry and (popular) song. She has published extensively on the cultural construction of femininity and masculinity in the production and reception of high brow, middle brow and low brow Dutch literature. Meijer also takes a theoretical and practical interest in life writing, as becomes manifest in her widely acclaimed biography of the Dutch poet M. Vasalis.

Dr. Aagje Swinnen, Assistant professor at the Centre, is the chair of the NWO-funded European Network in Aging Studies (ENAS) and of the project “Points of Exit: (Un)Conventional Representations of Age, Parenting, and Sexuality”.


Role in the project: The CGD will participate in the research on Dutch “sexual nationalism” and the role of literature, (neo)-colonial discourse and gender, homophobia and Antisemitism, it will cooperate in the preparation of the first and the third workshop meeting.

Participating members:

Dr. habil Ulrike Brunotte (Associate Professor, chair of network), Dr. Agnes Andeweg (lecturer, sexual nationalism in Dutch literature, Gothic Fiction), Christoph van Eecke (PhD candidate, masculinity literature/film studies), Prof. Dr. Maaike Meijer (Full Professor, literature, poetics, life writing, gender and queer studies), Dr. Aagje Swinnen (Assistant Professor, aging studies), Prof. Dr. Lies Wesseling (Associate Professor, childhood studies), Dr. Louis van den Hengel (Post-doc and lecturer)


Institute for Gender Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen


The Institute for Gender Studies at Nijmegen University (founded in 1985) houses an interdisciplinary research programme called “The Dynamics of Gender: Embodiment, Cultural Codes, and Strategies”.

Prof. Dr. Willy Jansen (Full Professor, Director) obtained her Ph.D. in anthropology with a dissertation on gender and marginalization in Algeria. Her research focuses on the role of gender in religion, its symbols, cults, and performances. She conducts research on Marian devotion in the Middle East and its cultural meaning in terms of gender, religion and ethnicity. She also investigates the sharing of shrines between Muslims and Christians. A third line of research deals with the anthropology of religion, in particular pilgrimage as lived religion. Main publications: Women without Men: Gender and Marginality in an Algerian Town (1987), ed. Islamic Pilgrimages (1991), Moved by Mary: The Power of Pilgrimage in the Modern World (2009).

 Role in the project: She will participate in the network by contributing her knowledge of the role of gender in the entangled histories of Christianity and Islam as lived religious practices and “third spaces” of cultural encounters in the Middle East and Europe.

The research of Dr. Stefan Dudink (Assistant Professor) deals with cultural sexuality studies, especially with masculinity in Dutch political culture around 1800, and with the meanings of homosexuality in current debates on multiculturalism and Islam. One main publications: “Homosexuality, Race, and the Rhetoric of Nationalism. History of the Present: A Journal of Critical History, V.1, No. 2, Winter 2011. U of Illinois Press, pp. 259-264.

Participating members:

Prof. Dr. Willy Jansen and Dr. Stefan Dudink



Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg


The Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg (ZJS), founded in 2012, is a joint project of Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Freie Universität Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, Universität Potsdam, the Abraham Geiger Kolleg, and the Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies. It was established to meet recommendations made by the German Council of Science and Humanities in 2010 with regard to the further development of theology and scholarly studies on themes related to religion at German universities. It is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

The main focus of the ZJS is on educating the next generation of scholars in Jewish Studies. There are a number of positions for doctoral and postdoctoral researchers, and there are numerous opportunities for research in various related disciplines. International exchange and cooperation with researchers and scholars from abroad is facilitated by inviting visiting professors and fellows, for the most part from the United States, Israel, Great Britain, France, and the CIS countries. Through its various cooperating partners in addition to a number of associated institutions and individuals, the ZJS facilitates the development of networks in transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches to history, philosophy, Jewish Studies, theology, literature and music, art history, and ancient history.

In summary the ZJS was set up to bring together the existing, diverse range of Jewish Studies in the region, to facilitate the training of young scholars, and to contribute to internationalizing the research and teaching done in the region of Berlin-Brandenburg in the field of Jewish Studies. The areas of research include: the history of the emergence of Jewish Studies; Berlin as a location of Jewish emancipation; the monotheistic triangle meaning the trialogue between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam as well as memory cultures, in particular the testimony and memorial culture on the Shoah.

With this wide range of subjects the ZJS is in sync with current global trends of studying religion from a denominational point of view while at the same time perceiving it as a cultural form among others – with patterns of exclusion and constructions of national identities playing an essential role.

Participating members:

Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun, Arnon Hampe, Kathrin Wittler, Dr. Ofri Ilani


Centre for Research on Antisemitism (Zentrum für Antisemitismusforschung) Technical University Berlin


The Centre for Research on Antisemitism at the Technical University of Berlin, founded in 1982, is the only academic institution in Europe conducting interdisciplinary research into Antisemitism that combines approaches from history, literary studies, studies in popular culture, and the social sciences. The Centre not only reconstructs the history of Antisemitism in 19th century Europe, but also employs Antisemitism as a perspective on contemporary social prejudice and xenophobia, especially Islamophobia. This has resulted in conferences such as: “Feindbild Muslim – Feindbild Jude” (2008), “Vom religiösen Vorurteil zum säkularen Ressentiment” (2010); “Blickwinkel – Antisemitismus in der Migrationsgesellschaft” (2011). Relevant publications: Antisemitismus und radikaler Islamismus (eds. Wolfgang Benz/Juliane Wetzel, 2007), Deutsch-jüdische Geschichte als Geschlechtergeschichte (eds. Kirsten Heinsohn/Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, 2006), Differenz und Geschlecht (Schüler-Springorum, forthcoming 2012), Yasemin Shooman/ Riem Spielhaus, The concept of the Muslim enemy in the public discourse, in: Muslims in the West after 9/11. Religion, Politics and Law, hrsg. v. Jocelyne Cesari, London/New York 2010, S. 198-228. Rohde, Achim: “Der Innere Orient. Orientalismus, Antisemitismus und Geschlecht im Deutschland des 18. bis 20. Jahrhunderts.” Die Welt des Islams, New Series, Vol. 45, Issue 3, Facets of Orientalism (2005), pp. 370-411, Brill. Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum (Full Professor, Director of the Centre), focuses on German-Jewish history and 19th and 20th century gender history. Chaired by the new director (since 1.6. 2011), Prof. Dr. Schüler-Springorum, the center will continue to broaden its scope by including cultural studies, Orientalism, gender history, and the history of science..

Role in the project: As a part of the network the ZfA will cooperate in the reconstruction of the entangled histories of gender/sexuality, Orientalism/Occidentalism, and Antisemitism, within the field of the contemporary comparison of Antisemitism and Islamophobia. They will cooperate in the preparation of the second workshop meeting 2014 in Berlin.

Participating members:

Prof. Dr. Stefanie Schüler-Springorum, Dr. Juliane Wetzel (research associate), historian and art historian, Dr. Felix Axter.


Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geschlechterstudien im Institut für Kulturwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Graduate school “Gender as category of Knowledge”


Das Zentrum für transdisziplinäre Geslechternstudien is a well-established interdisciplinary research group at Humboldt-University that studies the historical and epistemological role of gender as a category of knowledge in its intersection with religion, race and ethnicity.

It is institutionalized in the Gender MA programme and in the Graduate School programme “Gender as a Category of Knowledge” (PhD candidates). It is affiliated to one of the leading European centres for gender research, the Centre for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (HU-Berlin).

Prof. Dr. Claudia Bruns (Junior Professor) is the coordinator of the Graduate School “Gender as a Category of Knowledge”, historian and gender studies scholar with expertise in masculinity studies, Antisemitism and racism in colonial discourse. Main publication: Politik des Eros. Der Männerbund in Wissenschaft, Politik und Jugendkultur, 1890-1934. Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun (Full Professor, chair for cultural history and gender) was head of the Gender Department, and is now director of the “Kollegium Jewish Studies”, and co-founder of the Centre for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg. She is the founder of the Leo Baeck University for Jewish Studies, and from 2001-2006 she was director of the Center for Transdisciplinary Gender Studies (HU).

Her research focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, religion and culture. She is interested in the historical and epistemological interconnectedness of Christian anti-Judaism and Antisemitism with sexuality and gender codes. Relevant publications are: (ed.) Der ewige Judenhass. Christlicher Antijudaismus, Rassischer Antisemitismus Philo (2000), Gibt es eine ‘jüdische’ und eine ‘christliche’ Sexualwissenschaft? Picus (2004), ed.: Gender@Wissen. Ein Handbuch der Gender-Theorien UTB (2005), with B. Matthes: Verschleierte Wirklichkeit. Die Frau, der Islam und der Westen, Aufbau (2007).

Role in the project: The GSH-group will collaborate in organizing the first and the second workshop meeting in 2013 and 2014.

Participating members:

Prof. Dr. Christina von Braun, Prof. Dr. Claudia Bruns


Moses Mendelssohn Center for European-Jewish Studies


Founded in 1992, the MMZ is an interdisciplinary research institute working in the fields of literature, religion and the social sciences. It is affiliated to Potsdam University. Prof. Dr. Julius Schoeps (Director) is Full Professor of contemporary history and has published widely on German-Jewish history, Antisemitism, Zionism, Israel, and the Arab world. Relevant publications: Lars Rensmann/Julius H. Schoeps eds., Politics and Resentment. Antisemitism and Counter-Cosmopolitanism in the European Union, Brill (2010); The Utopia of Herzl- The Presence of Israel (ed. 2008), Feindbild Judentum. Antisemitismus in Europa (ed. 2008).

Dr. Anna-Dorothea Ludewig is Assistant Professor and educated in the field of comparative European literature. She will participate in the network with her project on the figure of the “Beautiful Jewess”,

selfperception and othering in European cultural history. Publication: “Schönste Heidin, süßeste Jüdin!”

Die “Schöne Jüdin” in der europäischen Literatur zwischen dem 17. und 19. Jahrhundert – ein Querschnitt.” Max Niemeyer (2008)

 Role in the project: The MZZ will participate in the third workshop and is responsible editor together with Dr. Ulrike Brunotte of the network-publication in Controversies.

Participating members:

Prof. Dr. Julius Schoeps (Directtor), Dr. Anna-Dorothea Ludewig


Center for Near and Middle East Studies (CNMS), Philipps-University Marburg

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The Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies (CNMS), established in 2006, features a total of seven professorial chairs, a multitude of staff and a broad network of contacts. The Center offers expertise in a wide variety of subjects, such as Languages, History, Literature, Religion, Archaeology, Politics, Social Sciences and Economics. This multidisciplinary set-up ensures that the region is made accessible and comprehensible in its full context. The focus comprises the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, as well as Iran and Turkey.

Participating members:

Dr. Achim Rohde is a Middle East historian and coordinates the research network ‘Re-Configurations’ at the Philipps-University Marburg.
Rohde studied in Hamburg, Birzeit, and Tel Aviv and received a PhD in Islamic Studies from the Free University, Berlin. He is the author of “State-Society Relations in Ba’thist Iraq. Facing Dictatorship” (London/New York: Routledge 2010). His research interests include the history of Oriental Studies in Germany and the intersections between Orientalism and Antisemitism.



Institute of Jewish Studies, University of Antwerpen (UA)


The Institute focuses on the academic study of Judaism from a variety of cultural disciplines, including history, philology, literary theory, religious studies, law, philosophy and sociology. The Institute is active in academic research, university education and educational services for a general public.
Prof. Dr. Vivian Liska is Full Professor of German literature and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her research focuses on German and comparative modernist literature, German-Jewish literature and culture, and literary theory. Main book publications: as editor or co-editor: Modernism in the ICLA series “History of the European Literatures” (2007), The Power of the Sirens (2007),Theodor Herzl between Europe and Zion (2007), Contemporary Jewish Writing in Europe (2007); What does the Veil Know? (2009) and Walter Benjamin und das Wiener Judentum (2009). She is also the editor of the journal for comparative literature Arcadia (with John Neubauer). As author:Die Nacht der Hymnen (on Paul Celan’s early poetry), 1993 Das schelmische Erhabene (on Else Lasker Schüler), Francke 1998 ; Die Moderne – ein Weib (on turn-of-the-century women novelists) Francke 2000; Giorgio Agambens leerer Messianismus (2008), When Kafka says We. Uncommon Communities in German-Jewish Literature Indiana University Press (2009) and, most recently, Fremde Gemeinschaft: Deutsch-jüdische Literatur der Moderne, Wallstein (2011).

Role in the project: Prof. Dr. Liska will participate in the network with a contribution/workshop on Jewish (self-) Orientalization and the role of gender in German-Jewish literature around 1900. She will collaborate in organizing the third workshop meeting.

Participating members:

Prof. Dr. Vivian Liska


THEA Research platform (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Vrije Universiteit Brussels & Rits School of Arts)


The Research group Theatricality and the Real (THEA) is a joint research platform of RITS | School of Arts, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles. As it gathers the academic and artistic research expertise on theatre and performance studies within the participating institutions, its specific aim being to foster collaborations between artists and researchers with the broader field of theater, performance and theatricality. THEA studies both contemporary and historical forms of theatricality, its central line of research being the tension between theatricality and reality; how does a specific cultural context structure its theatrical practices – in the broadest sense of the word – and, the other way around, how do these same practices question its surrounding reality through theatrical representation?

Role in the project: as part of the network THEA will conduct research on burlesque corporalities deconstructing both religious and sexual schemata, bring in expertise on performance and theatre studies (for example, all participating members conducted extensive research on the work of David Mamet).

Participating members:

Prof. Johan Callens (professor of theatre studies and American studies, VUB), Prof. Klaas Tindemans (researcher RITS | School of Arts, research professor VUB), Prof. Karel Vanhaesebrouck (professor of theatre studies ULB, coordinator THEA).




University of Fribourg, Department of Historical Sciences – Contemporary History (UF)


The Contemporary History Section of the Department of Historical Sciences at the University of Fribourg has since the 1990s focused on the history of racism and Antisemitism. From 16. 5. to 18. 5. 2011 they organised an international conference with the title: Patterns of Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Century: Racism, Antisemitism, and Islamophobia in Europe. Prof. Dr. Damir Skenderovic has extensively published on the radical right and various aspects of exclusionist politics. Among the relevant publications are: Wider die Ausgrenzung, ed. with Brigitta Gerber, Chronos: 2011; The Radical Right in Switzerland: Continuity and Change, 1945-2000, Oxford: Berghahn Books (2009); Immigration and the Radical Right in Switzerland: Ideology, Discourses and Opportunities, in: Patterns of Prejudice, vol. 41, no. 2, 2007, pp. 171-174; “Feindbild Muslime: Islamophobie in der radikalen Rechten”, in: Der Islam in Europa. Zwischen Weltpolitik und Alltag, eds. Urs Altermatt/Mariano Delgado/Guido Vergauwen,(2006). Dr. Christina Späti has published on various expressions of Antisemitism in the 20th century. Among her publications are: “Erosion of a Taboo: Antisemitism in Switzerland”, in: Politics and Resentment. Antisemitism and Counter-Cosmopolitanism in the European Union, Lars Rensmann/Julius H. Schoeps eds., Brill (2010); Die schweizerische Linke und Israel. Israelbegeisterung, Antizionismus und Antisemitismus zwischen 1967 und 1991, Klartext (2006). Currently, the Contemporary History Section is setting up a large transdisciplinary doctoral program on «Reflecting Otherness: Cultural Transfers, Representations and Exclusions. Transnational and Postcolonial Perspectives» which focuses on a variety of topics related to the overall theme of race and postcoloniality. The program aims at contributing to the research on the construction of differences and ‘otherness’ and the understanding of its impacts in socio-political and economical processes.

Role in the project: Dr. Christina Spaeti will co-organize the second or the third workshop.

Participating members: 

Prof. Dr. Damir Skenderovic, Dr. Christina Späti


Department for Religious Studies of University of Basel (UB)


Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mohn is Full Professor of religious studies and chair of the Department for Religious Studies. He is specialist in the new research area of “Religionsaisthetik” and connects religious studies with media studies (religion in comics), aesthetics of religion, visual culture and narratology (studies in religion and mythology). He works on religion, image, and space, theories of religion and mythology, theories of religious studies and the reception of Oriental/Asian religion in Western scholarly discourse. Main publications with reference to the network are: Mythostheorien. Eine Religionswissenschaftliche Untersuchung zu Mythos und Interkulturalität, Fink (1998), “Die Auflösung religiöser Topographien der Stadt? Anmerkungen zur Diversifikation des Religiösen im Raum des Öffentlichen” in: Kunst und Kirche. Ökumenische Zeitschrift für zeitgenössische Kunst und Architektur 71, 2008, H. 4, pp. 24-28. “Von der Religionsphänomenologie zur Religionsästhetik: Neue Ansätze einer systematischen Religionswissenschaft”, Münchner Theologische Zeitschrift 55, 2004, H. 4, pp. 300-309. Heterotopien in der Religionsgeschichte. Anmerkungen zum Heiligen Raum‘nach Mircea Eliade, in: Theologische Zeitschrift 63, 2007, pp. 331-357.

Role in the project: Prof. Jürgen Mohn will contribute to the network with his methodological expertise on the aesthetics of religion.

Participating members:

Prof. Dr. Jürgen Mohn


The LBI London


The Leo Baeck Institute (LBI) was established in 1955 and is the leading research institute in the field of the history and culture of the German-speaking Jewry in Europe from the 17th century onwards. In cooperation with the School of History at Queen Mary, University of London, the LBI is offering an MA in European Jewish History in cooperation with the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes, and a Leo Baeck Fellowship Programme for doctoral students. The LBI organizes a broad range of events such as lecture series and international conferences.
The London LBI is responsible for the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book which has appeared without a break since 1956. It covers cultural, economic, political, social and religious history as well as the impact of antisemitism and Jewish responses thereto.
In addition to the Year Book, symposia volumes and monographs, the Institute is instrumental in publishing the Schriftenreihe wissenschaftlicher Abhandlungen, which today comprises 74 volumes. In its role as an educational charity the London LBI provides information to the general public, advises scholars and students engaged in research on German-Jewish history, collects archival material for the New York Leo Baeck Institute, acts as referee to organisations funding scholarships, vets manuscripts submitted to publishers in the UK, Germany and the United States, and acts as examiner for doctoral and masters candidates in British universities.

Dr Daniel Wildmann (Senior Lecturer) is a historian and film scholar. He is the deputy director of the Leo Baeck Institute London and a lecturer at the School of History, Queen Mary, University of London. He was a fellow at the Independent Commission of Experts: Switzerland – Second World War (Bergier Commission), and a visiting researcher at the Centre for the Study of Antisemitism at Berlin’s Technical University. Dr. Wildmann’s main research areas are modern German-Jewish history; the history of the Third Reich; the history of masculinity; the history of the body; emotion, Antisemitism and film. Relevant publication: Der veränderbare Körper. Jüdische Turner, Männlichkeit und das Wiedergewinnen von Geschichte in Deutschland um 1900, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2009. His current project is entitled “Visual expressions of Antisemitism, emotions and morality”. The project focuses on German film and TV productions since the silent movie era.

Role in the project: The LBI would like to participate with a project on masculinity, body-politics, homophobia and Antisemitism. It will participate in the workshop meeting I. Sexual Nationalism/Antisemitism and the new Islamophobia, with a focus on emotion, morality, and the appeal of Antisemitism.

Participating members:

Dr. Daniel Wildmann (Senior Lecturer)


Comparative Literature, University of Kent, Canterbury (UK)


Dr Axel Stähler is Reader in Comparative Literature in the School of European Culture and Languages at the University of Kent, Canterbury. His particular research interests are in the interface of postcolonial and Jewish studies, Jews and orientalism, Zionism and literature, and constructions of blackness and Jewishness. He has published widely on Jewish writers from the Anglophone and German-speaking diasporas and from Israel as well as on fundamentalism and literature. He is currently working on a monograph on negotiations of blackness and Jewishness in early Zionist and colonial discourse in imperial Germany. Among his most recent publications of interest within the framework of RENGOO are:

– ‘Constructions of Jewish Identity and the Spectre of Colonialism: Of White Skin and Black Masks in Early Zionist Discourse’, German Life and Letters 66.3 (2013): 254–276.

– ‘Orientalist Strategies in a German “Jewish” Novel: Das neue Jerusalem (1905) and Its Context’, Forum for Modern Language Studies 45.1 (2009): 51–89.

– ‘Metonymies of Jewish Postcoloniality: The British Mandate for Palestine and Israel in Contemporary British Jewish Fiction’, Journal for the Study of British Cultures 16.1 (2009): 27–40.

– ‘From the Belly of the Fish: Jewish Writers in English in Israel: Transcultural Perspectives’, in: Transcultural English Studies: Theories, Fictions, Realities, eds. Frank Schulze-Engler and Sissy Helff (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi, 2009), pp. 151–167.

– Literarische Konstruktionen jüdischer Postkolonialität: Das britische Palästinamandat in der anglophonen jüdischen Literatur (Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2009).

– Das Gelobte Land. Erez Israel von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart in Quellen und Darstellungen, eds. Alexandra Pontzen and Axel Stähler (Reinbek: Rowohlt, 2003).

Role in the project: Axel Stähler contributes to the network with his expertise in postcolonial approaches to Jewish literature. With Ulrike Brunotte and Anna-Dorothea Ludewig, he is co-editing the proceedings volume of the first network workshop (Maastricht).

Participating members:

Dr. habil. Alex Stähler


Department of German Studies University of Warwick (UK)

Warwick University is one of the leading research universities in the UK. The Department of German Studies is known for its strong cultural studies profile, considering cultural production in the context of historical, social, and political developments across the whole of the modern period from a range of theoretical perspectives. This informs an interdisciplinary and transnational/ intercultural research agenda and teaching curriculum.

Dr. Christine Achinger is Associate Professor of German Studies. Her research interests are in the areas of theories of antisemitism, racism and nationalism, gender and cultural studies, literature and critical social theory. During recent years, her work focused on the question how constructions of Jewishness and other forms of ethnicity/race, gender, class and nation interrelate and are produced by specific historical configurations of capitalist modernity. Relevant publications include Gespaltene Moderne. Gustav Freytags Soll und Haben – Nation, Geschlecht und Judenbild (2007) and articles on gender, race, Jewishness and literary form in Gustav Freytag; joint edition (with R. Fine) of a special issue of European Societies 14:2 (2012) on ‘Racism, Antisemitism and Islamophobia’; articles on the relationship of antisemitism and anti-Muslim and other racisms; articles on femininity, Jewishness and modernity in Otto Weininger.


Dr. James Hodkinson is Associate Professor of German Studies. His research foci include Islam and Orientalism in modern German culture and thought; gender studies; the Maghreb in German literature; German Romanticism; aesthetic responses to the idea of time, 1800- present; German music and cultural identity. Key publications include: Women and Writing in the Works of Novalis: Transformation beyond Measure? (New York & Rochester: Camden House, November 2007), pp.216. Deploying Orientalism in Culture and History: From Germany to Central and Eastern Europe, ed. by James Hodkinson, John Walker, Shaswati Mazumdar and Johannes Feichtinger (New York & Rochester: Camden House, 2013).  Together with Professor Anil Bhatti (JNU, India) and Dr Johannes Feichtinger (Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna) he is the co-founder of the interdisciplinary Occident-Orient Research Network. He has also been working and publishing on the tradition of (post) Enlightenment cosmopolitanism.


Participating members: Dr. Christine Achinger, Dr. James Hodkinson


Tel Aviv University. NCJW Women and Gender Studies


Dr. Ofer Nordheimer Nur (Gender Studies/masculinity Studies) Nordheimer Nur is post-doc researcher and teaching fellow. He did publish on the role of masculinity, male bonding and homoerotism in Zionism and Zionistic youth movements. His current research project focuses on the connection between Antisemitism, xenophobia, gender, and sexuality in Europe around 1900.

Role in the project: Dr. Ofer will participate in the first and the second workshop.

Participating members:

Dr. Ofer-Nordheimer-Nur


Department of Political Science at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Vienna


The Department of Political Science is a unit of Vienna University, both with teaching orientation (Master in political science and PhD programme in political science) but also with a strong focus on political science research. The department consists of around fourteen researchers (professors, assistant professors and lecturers) in political science. The Department is committed to a diverse research culture and to international collaboration. With about 4,000 students the Department of Politics is one of the largest in Austria. Consequently it offers classes in all the traditional areas of politics: political ideas and theory, government, comparative and international politics. Up to date the Department, in conformity with the traditional degree structure in Austria, offers a BA an MA programme and a PhD programme in political science and.

The Department has contained several research centres with active internationally acclaimed research outputs, one of it is „Critical State and Governance Research“ with a strong focus on “Gender, Democracy and the State”. The research group is lead by Univ.-Prof. Dr. Birgit Sauer ( Researchers of this group take part in EU funded research projects and in international gender political science research networks. Gender political science theory, comparative equal opportunity policies, gender and violence, gender and migration as well as intersectionality and masaculinity build the research foci of thj group. Since several years one focus of the group are right-wing parties and movements in Austria and across Europe. Two recent EU funded projects (RAGE aand E-EAV) focus on the intersections of right-wing populist discourses, namely on the intersection of gender, race and sexuality. In 2012 and 2013 Birgit Sauer together with Prof. Dr. Kathleen Starck from the University Koblenz-Landau/Germany organized two conferences on „Politcal Masculinities“ wit international participation.

Participating members:

Prof. Dr. Birgit Meyer


Advisory Board


Jay Geller: Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Culture 


Jay Geller is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish Culture, Vanderbilt Divinity School/Jewish Studies Program, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, USA. His research focuses on the intersection of gender and Antisemitism in the European history of sexuality, especially in Sigmund Freud’s psychoanalysis. He has published numerous articles on Freud’s Jewish identity in particular, and on the relationship between Antisemitism and modern European Jewish identity formation in general. Main publications: The Other Jewish Question: Identifying the Jew and Making Sense of Modernity (2011), On Freud’s Jewish Body: Mitigating Circumcision (2007), Postmemories of the Holocaust, editor, special issue of American Imago (2002), The Unmanning of the Wandering Jew(American Imago, 1992). Together with Sander Gilman and Daniel and Jonathan Boyarin, Jay Geller is one of the pioneer scholars in Jewish history who have reinvented Jewish studies by connecting it to gender and queer studies.

Matti Bunzl: Full Professor of anthropology 


Professor Matti Bunzl is Full Professor of anthropology, gender and women’s studies, and Jewish culture. From 2003-2007 he was director of the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH). Since 2008 he has been director of the Program in Jewish Culture and Society. His research focuses on the intersections of gender (masculinity), sexuality and Antisemitism in German-Austrian culture in the late twentieth century, on Zionism and gender, on colonial discourse, sexuality and anthropology, and on postcolonial studies. He was one of the first scholars to discuss the question of a possible comparison between Antisemitism and Islamophobia. Main publications: Antisemitism and Islamophobia: Hatred Old and New in Europe (2007), Symptoms of Modernity: Jews and Queers in Late-Twentieth-Century Vienna (2004), “Theodor Herzl’s Zionism as Gendered Discourse” (1997), ed. Postcolonial Studies and Beyond(2005).