19.4.2012 – Malachi Hacohen: Jacob & Esau Between Nation and Empire

19.Apr 2012

Das Institut für Judaistik und das Institut für Zeitgeschichte laden herzlich ein zu einem Gastvortrag von

Malachi Hacohen, PhD (Duke University)
Jacob & Esau Between Nation and Empire: Austria and Jewish European History
(in English)

Donnerstag, 19.04.2012 um 18:30
Institut für Judaistik, Hörsaal 1
Universitätscampus, Spitalgasse 2, Hof 7.3
1090 Wien

Making cosmopolitan Jewish intellectuals icons of contemporary Europe, historians have perfected in the last three decades a Jewish European history that excludes traditional Judaism. “Jacob & Esau Between Nation and Empire” restores traditional Judaism to European history. Treating, side by side, cosmopolites and rabbis, it tells a Jewish European story through both cosmopolitan and rabbinic discourses. The divergent narratives reflect a plurality of Jewish cultures. They focus on Austria: Austrian imperial pluralism, idealized by Jews, helps restore Jewishness to European history in ways the nation state cannot. Jewish Studies and European history thus converge in a new Jewish European history.

MALACHI HAIM HACOHEN is Director of the Center for European Studies, Bass Fellow & Associate Professor of History, Political Science and Religion at Duke University. His current research focuses on the Central European Jewish intelligentsia, the dilemmas of nation state and empire in Jewish history, Jewish-Christian relations and the relationship of cosmopolitanism, multiculturalism, and Jewish identity. His Karl Popper – The Formative Years, 1902-1945 (Cambridge University Press, 2000; paperback 2002) has won the Herbert Baxter Adams Prize of the AHA for the best book in European History and the Austrian Victor Adler State Prize. He has published essays in The Journal of Modern History, The Journal of the History of Ideas, History and Theory, History of Political Economy, Jewish Social Studies, and numerous other journals and collections. He is completing a book: „Jacob & Esau Between Nation and Empire: A Jewish European History.“ He has been a recipient of the Frederick Burkhardt Fellowship from the ACLS, as well as of Fulbright, Mellon, and Whiting fellowships and a number of teaching awards. He was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, the National Humanities Center and at the IFK (Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften) in Vienna.