Board members

Prof. Dan Diner

Prof. Dan Diner
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Prof. Dan Diner (Ph.D., 1973, University of Frankfurt am Main) is Professor of Modern History at the Hebrew University Jerusalem, and Director of the Simon-Dubnow-Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig.

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He is the author of numerous publications an twentieth-century history, Jewish history, Middle Eastern history and German history, particularly in the period of National Socialism and the Holocaust. His most recent publications include:

Zeitenschwelle. Gegenwartsfragen an die Geschichte, München 2010.
Lost in the Sacred. Why the Muslim World Stood Still, Princeton, N. J., 2009. English translation of: Versiegelte Zeit. Über den Stillstand in der islamischen Welt, Berlin 2005.
Disseminating German Tradition. The Thyssen Lectures, Leipzig 2009 (ed. with Moshe Zimmermann).
Aufklärungen. Über Varianten von Moderne, Zürich 2008.
Cataclysms. A History of the Twentieth Century from Europe’s Edge, Madison, Wis., 2008. English translation of: Das Jahrhundert verstehen. Eine universalhistorische Deutung, Munich 1999.
Gegenläufige Gedächtnisse. Über Geltung und Wirkung des Holocaust, Göttingen 2007.
Restitution and Memory. Material Restoration in Europe, New York/Oxford 2007 (ed. with Gotthard Wunberg).
Dark Times, Dire Decisions. Jews and Communism, Oxford 2005 (ed. with Jonathan Frankel).

His most important books have been translated into Czech, English, Hebrew, Italian, Polish and Turkish. In 2006 he was awarded the Ernst Bloch Prize, and in 2007 the Italian Premio Capalbio.

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Dr. Renata Ch. Feldmann

Dr. Renata Ch. Feldmann

Dr. Renata Ch. Feldmann studied molecular biology at the Johannes-Gutenberg University in Mainz. In 1993, she finished her PhD thesis at the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Virology of the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and received her doctorate certificate (Dr. rer. nat.).

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After several years in science and research, Ms. Feldmann worked for an investment company (Biotechnology equity funds), Project Management Jülich (BioIndustrie2021, BioEnergie2021, GO-Bio and KMU-innovativ), National Contact Point Lifesciences and since 2013 she has been working for in the German Federal Ministry of Education and Reserach BMBF. In the division “Cooperation with European Countries, Israel” she is in charge of the bilateral collaboration programs with Israel.
Ms. Feldmann is the representative of the BMBF in the board of the Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

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Prof. Jürgen Fohrmann, Chairperson

Jürgen Fohrmann

Jürgen Fohrmann, Prof. of German Literature and Theory, University of Bonn, born 1953, studied at the Universities of Münster and Bielefeld, PhD 1980, ‘Habilitation’ 1989, Heisenberg-Fellow, since 1991 Prof. at the University of Bonn, 1994-1997 President of the “Deutsche Germanistenverband”

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 1999-2002: Co-Director of the SFB „Judentum und Christentum. Konstituierung und Differenzierung in Antike und Gegenwart”;1999 –2004 Co-Director of the „Kulturwissenschaftliches Forschungskolleg ‚Medien und kulturelle Kommunikation’“ (Aachen, Cologne, Bonn); " src="/profiles/openscholar/modules/contrib/wysiwyg/plugins/break/images/spacer.gif" title="<--break-->">April 2009-April 2015 President of the University of Bonn, Member of numerous Research Councils and Boards (Chair of the Advisory Board of the Franz Rosenzweig-Research Center, 2000–2012).

Last Books (Selection):
Schiffbruch mit Strandrecht. Der ästhetische Imperativ in der ‚Kunstperiode’, München 1998.
Jürgen Fohrmann/Andrea Schütte/Wilhelm Voßkamp (Eds.), Medien der Präsenz. Museum, Bildung und Wissenschaft im 19. Jahrhundert, Köln 2001.
Jürgen Fohrmann/Arno Orzessek (Eds.), Zerstreute Öffentlichkeiten. Zur Programmierung des Gemeinsinns, München 2002.
Jürgen Brokoff/Jürgen Fohrmann (Eds.), Politische Theologie. Formen und Funktionen im 20. Jahrhundert, Paderborn 2003.
Jürgen Fohrmann/Erhard Schüttpelz (Eds.), Die Kommunikation der Medien, Tübingen 2004.
Jürgen Fohrmann (Ed.), Rhetorik. Figuration und Performanz, Stuttgart/Weimar 2004.
Jürgen Fohrmann (Ed.), Gelehrte Kommunikation. Wissenschaft und Medium zwischen dem 16. und 20. Jahrhundert, Wien/Köln/Weimar 2005.
Jürgen Brokoff/Jürgen Fohrmann/Hedwig Pompe/Brigitte Weingart (Eds.). Die Kommunikation der Gerüchte, Göttingen 2008.


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Prof. Sabine Kunst

Prof. Sabine Kunst
President, Humboldt-University Berlin

Since May 2016 Prof. Kunst is President of Humboldt-University Berlin. From 2011 to 2016 she was Minister of Science, Research and Cultural Affairs of Brandenburg and from 2007 to 2011 President of the University of Potsdam.

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From 2005-2006 she was the Vice President of Leibniz University Hannover. Prof. Kunst studied biology an political science as well as hydraulic engineering. She holds a doctoral degree in engineering (1982) as well as a doctor of philosohphy degree (1990). During her career she worked on research projects in a number of countries including Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico. From 2010 to 2011 she was president of the German Academic Exchange Service.

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Prof. Barak Medina

Rector, Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Professor Barak Medina holds the Justice Haim Cohen Chair in Human Rights at the faculty of law of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since October 2017 he serves as the Rector of the Hebrew University.

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He is a graduate of Tel-Aviv University (LLB, BA and MA in economics), Harvard Law School (LLM), and the Hebrew University (PhD in economics), and served as a Visiting Professor at the Law Schools of Columbia University in New-York and University of California Berkeley.
Professor Medina’s research interests include constitutional law and economic analysis of law. He authored seven books, including the latest editions of the most authoritative book on Israeli constitutional law, and a book on Human Rights Law in Israel, and published more than fifty academic articles.

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Prof. Maren R. Niehoff

the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Professor Maren R. Niehoff was born in 1963 in Germany and currently holds the Max Cooper Chair in Jewish Thought at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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She was the head of the interdisciplinary honors program in the humanities, “AMIRIM”. Currently, she serves as the head of a research group at the Israel Institute for Advanced Studies (2017-18). Her research focuses on encounters between Jews, pagans and Christians in the Greco-Roman period. Her recent publications include monographs on Jewish Exegesis and Homeric Scholarship in Alexandria (Cambridge University Press 2011, awarded the Polonsky Prize) and Philo of Alexandria ,being translated into both German and Hebrew, ((Ha-Kibbutz ha-Meuhad), an Intellectual biography (Yale University Press 2017, German translation forthcoming at Mohr Siebeck, Tübingen) as well as edited volumes on Homer and the Bible in the Eyes of Ancient Interpreters (Leiden 2012) and Journeys in the Roman East: Imagined and Real (Tübingen 2017).
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Dr. Christof Rapp

Prof. Christof Rapp
Humboldt- University, Berlin

Professor Christof Rapp, born in 1964, studied Philosophy, Ancient Greek, Logic, and Philosophy of Science in Tübingen and Munich. He obtained his doctorate at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich in 1993 and his post-doctoral lecturing qualification (“Habilitation”) at the University of Tübingen in 2000.

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From 2001 to 2009, he held the Chair for Ancient and Contemporary Philosophy at Humboldt-University in Berlin. In 2009, he assumed the Chair for Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric at Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich.

His main fields of research are ancient philosophy and its relations to modern debates in ontology, ethics, action theory, and the philosophy of mind.

From 2001 to 2004, Professor Rapp headed the Gesellschaft für antike Philosophie e.V. He was co-director of the excellence cluster TOPOI from 2007 to 2009 and founding director of the Graduate School of Ancient Philosophy in Berlin. He is editor of the journals "Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung" and "Phronesis".

In October 2009, Christof Rapp was appointed as academic director of the Center for Advanced Studies (CAS) at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich.

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Prof. Hartmut Rosa

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Hartmut Rosa is Professor of Sociology and Social Theory at Friedrich-Schiller-University in Jena, Germany and Director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg at the University of Erfurt. He also is an Affiliated Professor at the Department of Sociology, New School for Social Research, New York.

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In 1997, he received his PhD in Political Science from Humboldt-University in Berlin. After that, he held teaching positions at the universities of Mannheim, Jena, Augsburg and Essen and served as Vice-President and General Secretary for Research Committee 35 (COCTA) of ISA and as one of the directors of the Annual International Conference on Philosophy and the Social Sciences in Prague. In 2016, he was a visiting professor at the FMSH/EHESS in Paris. He is editor of the international journal Time and Society. His publications focus on Social Acceleration, Resonance and the Temporal Structures of Modernity as well as the Political Theory of Communitarianism.


(Studies in Ancient Medicine 48; Brill: Leiden, 2017)

1) Social Acceleration. A New Theory of Modernity. Trans. By Jonathan Trejo-Mathys, New York: Columbia University Press. 2013
2) Alienation and Acceleration. Towards a Critical Theory of Late-Modern Temporality, Malmö/Arhus: NSU Press 2010.
3) High-Speed Society: Social Acceleration, Power and Modernity: Penn State University Press, 2008 (Ed. with William Scheuerman).
4) Four Levels of Self-Interpretation. A Paradigm for Social Philosophy and Political Criticism, in: Philosophy and Social Criticism, Jg. 30 (2004), Heft 5/6, S. 691-720.
5) Leading a Life. Five key elements in the hidden curriculum of our schools, in: Nordic Studies in Education, Vol. 40 (2/2013), S. 97-111.

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Prof. Dr. Stefan Stolte

RA Dr. iur. Stefan Stolte

RA Dr. iur. Stefan Stolte, born in 1973, studied law at the University of Bonn. Stolte has worked as Head of HR at Stifterverband fuer die Deutsche Wissenschaft (German association of founders promoting science and research) since 2005.

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In 2011 he was appointed as member of the executive board of the Deutsches Stiftungszentrum (German Foundation Center). He is active in consulting and managing foundations and trusts.
Also, he regularly publishes on foundations and foundation law and holds a variety of lectureships at public and private universities in Germany.

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