Buber Alumna Daphna Oren-Magidor has been awarded a Gerda Henkel Research Scholarship for her project “Sisterhood in Early Modern England”. The project, which will culminate in a book, explores the relationships between adult sisters in the seventeenth century, and the roles they played in creating and maintaining kinship networks.
Just before the Jewish holiday of Passover, the initiative of a Buber Fellow, Ilil Baum, brought together some twenty Ladino speakers to “meet” online and speak, sing, and tell stories in their mother tongue. Ladino, also referred to as Judeo-Spanish, Judezmo, and Spanyolit by its speakers, is an endangered language. According to pessimistic estimates, there are only about 20,000 living competent speakers, and the more optimistic sources believe that there are some 250,000–400,000 speakers, all of whom are Sephardic Jews residing mainly in Israel, the US, and Turkey.
The Buber Society continues to operate during Corona times. To the extent that the circumstances permit, our fellows carry on with their research work and are busy writing their papers and grant-applications; our wonderful staff continues to work from home (to the level permitted by university policies); and we maintain our academic and social activities as a group, even if from a distance. One of the innovations of this time is that we now hold our weekly Kaffeestunden through videoconferencing. In this way, we continue to “see” one another and keep in touch and in solidarity. This has worked really well so far, although we certainly look forward to having cake and pastries in the Mandel Building again.
Invitation to a scenic re-enactment of Viktor Frankl’s theater play from 1946, „Synchronisation in Birkenwald – A Metaphysical Conference“, on January 29th, at 19:00, in Yad Vashem, Jerusalem; to mark the occasion of the International Holocaust Day 2020.
Hebrew translation: Prof. David Guttmann, Dr. Jan Kühne Artistic Director: Prof. Shimon Levy Dramaturg, Producer, Initiator: Dr. Jan Kühne
Oded Na'aman's essay, "The Checkpoint", was selected as one of twelve must-read essays published in the past decade in Boston Review. The essay is about the logic of the West Bank checkpoints as seen from the perspective of a soldier.
Dr. Dennis Halft received the Alexander Böhlig Award for his pioneering research on Christian-Muslim interaction in the Persianate World. The € 7,500 award is granted bi-annually by the Gertrud and Alexander Böhlig Foundation for the study and research on the culture and languages of Eastern Christianity. Dr. Halft was honored with the award at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Berlin on December 13, 2019, by former Senior Buber Fellow Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Christoph Markschies, president-elect of the Academy.