From Central Europe to the Levant: Jewish immigration and the re-orientation of cultural knowledge in Palestine/Israel

Miriam Szamet (The Hebrew Univeraity of Jerusalem)
Adi Livny (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem )
Yonatan Shiloh Dayan (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
Sala 0.06, Edifício I&D, Piso 0
Start time:
15 July, 2015 at 14:30
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Short abstract:

A diverse overview of Mandatory Palestine/young Israel as a locus of immigration of cultural knowledge stemming from Central Europe and transmitted by Jewish immigrants born or educated in German speaking countries.

Long abstract:

In the first half of the 20th century Palestine became a site of massive immigration: not only of people, but of ideas, political traditions and cultural knowledge. This panel wishes to explore cultural products which originated from Central-Europe in the 1920s-1940s, and were transmitted to Palestine by immigrants born or educated in German speaking countries. Though stemming from various fields and traditions, cultural knowledge immigrating from Central-Europe to Palestine was often considered radical or marginal within the normative context of the Jewish Yishuv at the time, dominated quantitatively and politically by Eastern European Jews. This was manifested, for example, in the field of pedagogy and education, as will be demonstrated in Miriam Szamet's lecture on the attempts to establish new schools following the ideas and spirit of the German Reformpädagogik; as well as in the cultural sphere, as Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan's discussion of the periodical Heute und Morgen: antifaschistische Revue as a locus of an exiled community will suggest. Both these lectures will not only illustrate how knowledge immigrated from Central-Europe to Palestine, but also expose the platforms that enabled its spreading and reproduction. Adi Livny's lecture will reveal the complex encounter of Central European cultural traditions with the periphery of Israeli society, dealing with the absorption of Mizrachi Jews. The panel offers critical accounts of parallel transactional processes, addressing, among other things, means of opposition, modes of compliance and struggles for implementation