European Summer University for Jewish Studies
Zealots, fundamentalists and other ultras July 7-12, 2024

An event of the Department of Jewish History and Culture of the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel, the Institute for Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna, the Chair of Jewish Studies at the Otto Friedrich University of Bamberg, the Sigi Feigel Visiting Professorship for Jewish Studies at the University of Zurich, the Institute for Contemporary History at the University of Innsbruck, the Jewish Studies Program of the Central European University in Budapest/Vienna – in cooperation with the Jewish Museum Hohenems.

Jewish history is also a history of zealots – in search of perfection, law-abidingness or end-time fulfillment, of power or a way to overthrow them. At the same time, Jews have always been a projection screen for the zeal of others – from the Christians of the Middle Ages to the Islamist anti-Semites and evangelical “Zionists” of the present day. Between self-assertion and radicalism, tribalism and universalism, Judaism has always been the venue for conflicting religious and political visions, its own and others’ utopias. From this grew religious fundamentalisms and revolutionary movements, ethnic nationalism and its radical critique.

14. European Summer University for Jewish Studies Hohenems from July 7 to 12, 2024 – in its usual broad interdisciplinary perspective – will explore the historical and political, religious and cultural dimensions of Judaism.

The Summer University for Jewish Studies Hohenems 2024 is open to students from all subject areas. Preference will be given to students of Jewish Studies at the participating universities in Bamberg, Basel, Budapest, Innsbruck, Munich, Vienna and Zurich.

Registration possible from 1.4. to 31.5.2024

Participation fee
for students (including accommodation and breakfast) 280,- € / will be partially subsidized or reimbursed by the universities.
for students (without accommodation) 150,-
for non-students (without accommodation) 250,- €

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The event was supported by
Amt der Vorarlberger Landesregierung, Kultur und Wissenschaft – Amt der Stadt Hohenems – Collini Hohenems– Freundeskreis des Lehrstuhls für Jüdische Geschichte und Kultur, München