International Workshop in Jerusalem
08 Nov 2017 – 09 Nov 2017

When tradition ends – Zur Figur des Traditionsbruchs

Venue: The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Mount Scopus Campus, Rabin Building, Room 2001
Organized by Birgit Erdle (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Daniel Weidner (ZfL)

An international workshop at the The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, organized by Birgit Erdle (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and Daniel Weidner.

The formula ›breaking with tradition‹ does not only imply the idea of an ›end‹, a ›death‹, or a ›petrification‹ of tradition, which in itself is highly metaphorical. It usually also refers to an idea of tradition that is not made explicit – and it does so very consistently, if we assume that we cannot fully understand what tradition once meant based on our modern assumptions. Thus, one of the reasons why the idea of a ›crisis of tradition‹ is complex is the entanglement of modernity and tradition as two polar and opposing categories, which makes the idea fundamentally paradoxical: Tradition usually connotes continuity, which might imply change and innovation but always assumes a relation between the old and the new, a continuity which is expressed by the ›chain‹ or the ›stream‹ of tradition, the two basic metaphors with which tradition is conventionally described. However, what happens if this chain is broken or the stream dries out, becomes invisible, or ceases to be ›fruitful‹?


Wednesday, 08 Nov 2017
Birgit Erdle, Daniel Weidner (Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ZfL Berlin): Einführung
Galili Shahar (Tel Aviv University): Tradition and Contra-Dictions
Ori Rotlevy (Franz Rosenzweig Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem): The Paradigm between Articulations and Shifts: On the Dynamics of the Break in Scientific Traditions
Reading Session: Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem: Correspondence about Kafka
Benjamin Pollock (Franz Rosenzweig Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem): »Zeit Ists«: Breaking with Tradition in order to save it
Enrico Lucca (Franz Rosenzweig Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Canonizing modern Jewish Tradition: Hugo Bergman between Normative and Critical Modernity

Thursday, 09 Nov 2017

Reading Session: Hannah Arendt: The Gap between Past and Future
Annegret Pelz (University of Vienna): Geschriebene Traditionsbrüche. Manifeste und latente Zeichen
Rivka Feldhay (Tel Aviv University): Transformations of Jewish Tradition: Theodor Herzl, Max Nordau, Hillel Zeitlin and Yosef Hayim Brenner
Amir Engel (Hebrew University of Jerusalem): The Beginnings of Tradition of the End of History: Gershom Scholem and the History of Jewish Mysticism
Yonatan Shiloh-Dayan (Franz Rosenzweig Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem): On Bifocality and German-speaking Historians in Israel
Lina Barouch (Franz Rosenzweig Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem): Displaced Genealogies: Discussing Archival and Material Turns in relation to German-Jewish Legacies in Israel
Fig. above: (c) Dirk Naguschewski