What is Jewish Film History?

Jew­ish film his­to­ry is a recent inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research field between Jew­ish stud­ies and film and media stud­ies. It is less con­cerned with the def­i­n­i­tion of a cir­cum­scribed cor­pus of ‘Jew­ish’ films than with research­ing the inter­sec­tion between the Jew­ish expe­ri­ence and film, there­fore films with a Jew­ish theme are part of Jew­ish film his­to­ry just as much as Jew­ish film fes­ti­vals as the pre­sen­ta­tion con­texts and meet­ing places where these films are shown. The work­ing biogra­phies of Jew­ish film­mak­ers, exhi­bi­tions recount­ing Jew­ish film his­to­ry, the Motivgeschichte in cer­tain aspects of Jew­ish life and con­tro­ver­sial anti­se­mit­ic films are also rel­e­vant, how­ev­er. Not least of all, the insti­tu­tions pro­duc­ing, show­ing and dis­trib­ut­ing these films or devot­ing them­selves to the col­lec­tion and preser­va­tion of Jew­ish film her­itage are also part of Jew­ish film history.

At Film Uni­ver­si­ty Babels­berg KONRAD WOLF, a research focus on Jew­ish film his­to­ry is being estab­lished with var­i­ous research and trans­fer projects.

Jew­ish Film His­to­ry — A Journey


EXHIBITION: Aus­ge­blendet. Einge­blendet. Eine jüdis­che Filmgeschichte der Bun­desre­pub­lik. Jüdis­ches Muse­um Frank­furt, curat­ed by Lea Wohl von Hasel­berg and Johannes Prae­to­rius-Rhein (July, 13th 2023  until  Jan­u­ar 14th 2024).

INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP: Judaism and Jew­ish Reli­gios­i­ty on Screen in the 21st Cen­tu­ry: New Approach­es to the Study of Pro­duc­tions, Rep­re­sen­ta­tions & Dis­cours­es. July 5–6, 2023. Call for Papers (March 31st, 2023) Con­tact and reg­is­tra­tion: e.doedtmann@filmuniversitaet.de

BOOK PRESENTATION Jüdis­ch­er Film. Ein neues Forschungs­feld im deutschsprachi­gen Raum. (Edi­tion Text+Kritik), Wednes­day Jan­u­ary 18th at the Klick Kino, Berlin. More infor­ma­tion

COLLOQUIUM Jüdis­ch­er Film- Jüdis­che Filmgeschichte(n)- Jüdis­ches Filmerbe? Kon­turen eines Forschungs­feldes, second PhD Col­lo­qui­um, Online (Jan­u­ary 9th 2023). Report (in German)

WORKSHOP Du sollst Dir ein Bild­nis machen – Film‑, Bild- und Per­for­mancekun­st der drit­ten Gen­er­a­tion, 5. Arbeit­str­e­f­fen des DFG-Net­zw­erks 3G – Posi­tio­nen der drit­ten Gen­er­a­tion nach Zweit­em Weltkrieg und Shoah, Film Uni­ver­si­ty Babels­berg KONRAD WOLF (5th and 6th Sep­tem­ber 2022).
Con­tact: l.wohlvhaselberg@filmuniversitaet.de

SEMINAR Anti­semitismus and Film, Tirza Seene, Film Uni­ver­si­ty Babels­berg KONRAD WOLF/ Pots­dam Uni­ver­si­ty (WiSe 2022/23).

FILM VIEWING GROUP Jüdis­ch­er Film inter­na­tion­al und quer durch die Filmgeschichte, Fil­mu­ni­ver­sität Babels­berg KONRAD WOLF (Sum­mer Semes­ter 2022).
Con­tact: lucy.pizana@filmuniversitaet.de

WORKING GROUP, Film and Media, Lea Wohl von Hasel­berg (Chair), Sel­ma Stern Cen­ter for Jew­ish Stud­ies Berlin Bran­den­burg (reg­u­lar­ly through­out the semester).
Con­tact: l.wohlvhaselberg@filmuniversitaet.de


Johannes Prae­to­rius-Rhein/ Lea Wohl von Hasel­berg (Hrsg.): Ein­blendun­gen. Ele­mente ein­er jüdis­chen Filmgeschichte der Bun­desre­pub­lik. Neo­fe­lis: Berlin 2022.

Lea Wohl von Haselberg/ Lucy Ale­jan­dra Piza­ña Pérez (Hrsg.): Jüdis­ch­er Film. Ein neues Forschungs­feld im deutschsprachi­gen Raum. Edi­tion Text+Kritik: München 2022.
Eik Dödt­mann: Rezen­sion zu Yehoshua Ben-Arieh: “The Mak­ing of Eretz Israel in the Mod­ern Era. A his­tor­i­cal-geo­graph­i­cal study (1799–1949)”. in: Medaon — Mag­a­zin für jüdis­ches Leben in Forschung und Bil­dung. 16 (2022), 31.

Jew­ish Film Fes­ti­vals — An Overview

The rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the map is based on a data col­lec­tion from 2021.