International Conference
18.03.2013 – 19.03.2013

Jacob and Susan Taubes and Their Circles

Ort: UCLA, 314 Royce Hall, CA 90095-1485 Los Angeles


Convened by Kenneth Reinhard (UCLA)

Last Update: 14.03.2013
Monday, 18.03.2013

10.00–13.00 Session I
Eugene Sheppard (Brandeis): Approaching Jacob and Susan Taubes from the Standpoint of Jewish Intellectual History

Herbert Kopp-Oberstebrink (ZfL): Theological Undercurrents of Political Zeitgeist. Jacob Taubes' Role in German Post-War Intellectual History

Eleanor Kaufman (UCLA): Jewish Apostasy or Christian Heresy. Taubes, Scholem, Spinoza

14.00–16.00 Session II
Martin Treml (ZfL): Thinking in Correspondences. Jacob Taubes Between the Lines

Ryan Coyne (Chicago): Heidegger Between Susan and Jacob Taubes

16.30–18.00 Session III
Sigrid Weigel (ZfL): In the Mask of Paul. Jacob Taubes' reading of Benjamin

Tuesday, 19.03.2013

10.00–13.00 Session IV
Johannes Steizinger (ZfL): Between Tragedy and Gnosis. Susan Taubes' Philosophical Writings

Sarah Hammerschlag (Chicago): Under the law of Gravity. Susan Taubes and the problem of Jewish Identification

Christina Pareigis (ZfL): Coming from ›Outside‹ of the Neurotic Circle. Susan Taubes' Correspondence During her Study Period in Paris

14.00–16.00 Session V
Charlotte Fonrobert (Stanford): Rabbi Paul. Taubes as Post-Talmudic Jewish Intellectual

Hent de Vries (Baltimore): Jacob Taubes and Karl Barth

16.30–18.00 Session VI
Ethan Taubes (New York): Alms for Oblivion. Outline for a Memoir of My Mother

Sponsored by
The UCLA Center for Jewish Studies
The UCLA Program in Experimental Critical Theory
The UCLA Department of Germanic Languages
The UCLA Department of History
The UCLA College of Letters & Science
The Tauber Institute for the Study of European Jewry (Brandeis University)
The Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung Berlin
With the Support of the Natalie Limonick Fund in Memory of Miriam Nisell Rose

This conference looks at the lives and brilliant careers of Jacob and Susan Taubes.  They were strikingly original, and often controversial Jewish intellectuals in New York after World War II, and key figures in some of the most important philosophical, political, theological, and artistic discussions of their times.