6. Oktober 2015 , 18:00 Uhr



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WZB, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin, ROOM A 300 

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This interdisciplinary panel will focus on the community of Israeli  

immigrants in Berlin, the largest community of Israeli immigrants in Germany.  

Situating the community within Berlin’s rich multiculturalism, the panel  

speakers will juxtapose memory studies along with diaspora, immigration and  

integration theories, seeking to understand how, given the particular part  

Germany played in Jewish-Israeli history, Israeli immigrants reconcile the  

past-present duality faced when living in the city. The panel further aims to  

go beyond the hype created around this community, and will provide new  

insights and understandings regarding its social and economic networks as  

well as its place within German society.


The speakers, both Israeli and German academics, will discuss the influences  

of this community on Germany’s memory landscape, and will map the reactions  

to the Israeli presence in the German media. The speakers will further  

provide an overview of this new Jewish-Israeli cultural revival that centers  

around the use of the Hebrew language, and present a nuanced analysis of this  

community through an overview of queer (LGBT) Israelis in the city. By taking  

a closer look at these questions, the panel seeks to understand what makes  

this community unique, and what greater lessons could be drawn regarding  

integration and reconciliation.

The event is organized by the WZB research unit Migration, Integration, Transnationalization


The speakers are:


*Dr. Hadas Cohen*, Leibniz-DAAD postdoctoral fellow and WZB guest researcher, Migration Integration and Transnationalization  Unit


*Dr. Irit Dekel*, faculty member at Bard College Berlin and research fellow, Institute for Social Sciences, Humboldt  

University of Berlin


*Prof. Dani Kranz*, associate professor of sociology and empirical research methods at Rhein-Waal University of Applied       Sciences


*Dr. Ruth Preser*, affiliated fellow ICI Berlin Institute for Cultural Inquiry and teaching fellow at Haifa University


To register, please reply by September 30, 2015 to Hadas Cohen:


Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung, Reichpietschufer 50, 10785 Berlin, ROOM A 300