500 Years of Reformation.
Jews and Protestants – Judaism and Protestantis

Annual International Conference of the Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem

February 12-14, 2017

in cooperation with the University Frankfurt a.M., the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Stephen Roth Institute for the Study of Contemporary Antisemitism and Racism, Tel Aviv University.

For the anniversary year of Martin Luther’s publication of his 95 theses in 1517, we are organizing a conference on the relations between Judaism and Protestantism and Jews and Protestants. The conference will cover the pre-history of the Reformation in the medieval period through contemporary times. Understanding the Reformation as a transnational phenomenon, the conference will relate to the relations between Jews and Protestants in Germany and beyond.

The keynote of the conference will be delivered by Professor Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College). She will speak on “The Pathos of the Protestant: Ineffability and the Jewish Theo-Political Engagement with Modernity”

We are inviting scholars from various disciplines to submit proposals for papers, including the following topics:

  • Jewish-Christian Relations before the Reformation
  • Jews, Protestants and Catholics in Early Modern Europe
  • The Reformation as a transnational phenomenon in Europe and the New World
  • Jewish responses to Martin Luther and alternative voices of the Reformation
  • Judaism and Christianity during the Enlightenment
  • Christian Hebraism and translation from the early modern period through the EnlightenmentMissionary Activity and Conversion
  • Jews, Protestants and Seculars vis à vis the nation state – the long 19th Century
  • Protestants and Jews: Between Antisemitism and Messianism
  • Jews and Protestants face Fascism
  • Jewish-Protestant Relations in Light of the Second World War
  • Religious self-definition – “protestant Jews”, “catholic Jews”
  • Jews, Christians and Muslims – A Contemporary Perspective

Proposals for paper topics should be submitted by August 15, 2016 to leobaeck@leobaeck.org and Irene.abd@leobaeck.org. Applicants should include a summary of no more than 200 words, a CV not exceeding 150 words in text form, academic affiliation and contact data. Please submit all materials in Microsoft Word only. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by a committee. Applicants will be notified by September 15, 2016.