Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture - Simon-Dubnow

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The Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture - Simon-Dubnow (for short mostly just: Dubnow-Institute , formerly Simon-Dubnow-Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig eV) in Leipzig is an interdisciplinary institute for research on Jewish Living worlds primarily in Central and Eastern Europe. The research takes a pan-European perspective and includes the areas of Jewish emigration, especially Israel and America. The institute is named after the Russian-Jewish historian Simon Dubnow (1860–1941) and is committed to the secular tradition of its namesake. At the Dubnow Institute, Jewish history is always viewed in the context of its non-Jewish environment and understood as a seismograph of general historical developments.

History and fields of research

The Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture - Simon Dubnow was founded in 1995 as the "Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture eV" on the basis of a 1994 resolution of the Saxon State Parliament . The origins of the institute go back to the upheavals of 1989/90. After preparatory talks with the Jewish historian and Judaist Ernst-Ludwig Ehrlich , the Catholic theologian Hanspeter Heinz and the Israeli Consul General Mordechai Levy, the Saxon State Ministry for Science and Art set up a national and international 13-person founding commission in 1995, which the Berlin historian Stefi Jersch-Wenzel appointed founding director. The official opening of the institute in the Saxon state parliament took place on November 9, 1995 . To this day it is organized as a registered association . The historian Dan Diner was director of the institute between 1999 and 2014 . Raphael Gross headed the facility from 2015 to 2017 . Yfaat Weiss has been the director of the Dubnow Institute since 2017 . The institute has been a member of the Leibniz Association since January 1, 2018 . Since then, half of its basic equipment has been borne by the federal government and half by the states. In addition, there are third-party funds that the institute raises for research projects.

Around 20 academic staff work at the institute, plus others in administration, as well as doctoral students and a varying number of guests and assistants. The institute's library currently has around 21,000 volumes and 170 periodicals.

The research work at the Dubnow Institute is subdivided into the three research areas of "Politics", "Law" and "Knowledge". The work of the institute is based on three research approaches:

  • on a "methodically renewed history of politics and diplomacy"
  • on the approach of a "history of migration and science"
  • on the approach of the classical history of ideas and ideas

It also includes issues of material culture, the history of transfer and restitution. The research results are communicated to a specialist audience and an interested public through a wide range of publications. These include the bilingual, internationally renowned yearbook of the Dubnow Institute / Dubnow Institute Yearbook; the series; the toldot series of essays and the magazine Jewish History & Culture. The “Mimeo” blog is a platform for the institute's doctoral students. It serves for exchange and networking and offers an insight into ongoing projects by young scholars on Jewish history.

National and international research cooperation plays an important role. The Dubnow Institute works closely with the University of Leipzig and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem . In addition, it maintains cooperative relationships with numerous scientific institutions in Israel, the USA, Europe and Germany and is a place of exchange for scientists from all over the world.


The bodies of the Dubnow Institute are:

Board of Trustees

  • For the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism: Axel Bergmann (Chairman)
  • For the Federal Ministry of Education and Research: Monika van Ooyen (Deputy Chair)
  • For the University of Leipzig: Beate Schücking , Rector
  • For the general meeting: Nikolaus Simon

Scientific Advisory Board

General meeting


Scientific staff at the Dubnow Institute include:


  • Hans-Joachim Hahn, Eva Bormann, Nicolas Berg: Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Leipzig , Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig 2008 (48 pages).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History: Simon Dubnow Institute. Retrieved June 10, 2020 .
  2. Information on the institute's website , accessed on January 24, 2015
  3. Simon Dubnow Institute: Staff .
  4. Simon Dubnow Institute: PhD students .
  5. ^ Simon Dubnow Institute: Library .
  6. ^ Yearbook: Yearbook of the Simon Dubnow Institute (JBDI) .
  7. ^ Simon Dubnow Institute: Series of publications .
  8. ^ Simon Dubnow Institute: toldot .
  9. ^ Simon Dubnow Institute: Magazine .
  10. ^ Mimeo - Blog of the PhD students at the Dubnow Institute. Retrieved May 15, 2019 .
  11. ^ Simon Dubnow Institute: Committees .
  12. Simon Dubnow Institute: Staff .

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