The LBI is pleased to announce our upcoming 2018/19 lecture series in collaboration with the German Historical Institute. This season’s topic is ‘Seeing Jews in Art: Networks, Fantasies and Dreams’, which will explore the agency of Jews within the networks shaping visual culture. Spanning from the middle ages to the present, and across a range of different media, it will focus on the point of intersection of Art by Jews with Art about Jews and the complex interplay of Jewish reactions to their depiction in Western art and Gentile attitudes towards Jewish visual culture. How do Jews respond and attempt to re-shape their images, stereotyped by the majority societies surrounding them? How does Jewish material culture them? How does Jewish material culture influence Western visual culture, and how were Jews entangled with the art world?
This season’s speakers will be:
Thursday, 1st November 2018, 6.30pm
Prof Katrin Kogman-Appel – A Jewish Look at World Politics: The Catalan Mappamundi (1375)
Thursday, 6th December 2018, 6.30pm
Dr Ruth Oren – ‘Coming back to History’ –The Jewish Image in Landscape Photographs of ‘Eretz-Israel’, 1898-1961
Thursday, 24th January 2019, 6.30pm
Cilly Kugelmann – Jewish Museums between Self-Assertion and Self-Defence
Thursday, 14th February 2019, 6.30pm
Prof Richard I Cohen – Moses Mendelssohn – The German-Jewish Icon of Modernity (1780s-2019)
Thursday, 4th April 2019, 6.30pm
Prof Nathan Abrams – Treyf Jews?: Jewish Gangsters in McMafia and Peaky Blinders
For more information on the this season’s lecture series please refer to the leaflet here.