Keynote by Cathy Gelbin: Als Juden auffallende Personen
14:45 to 16:00

We are happy to announce the keynote Als Juden auffallende Personen: Mein Weg von Berlin (Ost) nach Berlin (West) und jenseits der Mauer (November 4th, 9:30-10:00) by Cathy Gelbin.

The paper traces my German-American-Jewish path, from misfit East Berlin youth and young adult to a new life in 1980s West Berlin, where I was plunged into heated lesbian-feminist debates regarding women, Jews and the legacies of National Socialism. From there, I took my ultimate departure from Germany after briefly returning to reprise these debates during the 1990s. Following on from the 1970s feminist slogan that “the personal is political”, my paper seeks to contextualize this path within past and present activist and academic debates regarding gendered, sexualized and Jewish difference and belonging across the huge historical changes that occurred during these times.

Cathy S. Gelbin (PhD, MA Cornell University) is a film historian and cultural studies scholar with special interests in European life and its Jewish cultures. Her work on feature film, video testimony, literary texts and live art has focused on Holocaust representations and the dynamics of German-speaking Jewish culture. She is co-editor of the Leo Baeck Institute Year Book for the Study of German-Jewish History and Culture (Oxford Journals) and serves on the Board of Directors and Trustees of the Leo Baeck Institute London. Her book publications include The Golem Returns: From German Romantic Literature to Global Jewish Culture (2011), Jewish Culture in the Age of Globalization (2014) and Cosmopolitanisms and the Jews (2017).

This keynote lecture is part of the symposium “Migrantischer Feminismus geht weiter!”, November 3rd and 4th 2022 , organized by Prof. Encarnación Gutiérrez Rodríguez, Dr. Pinar Tuzcu, Dr. Onur Suzan Nobrega and Jamila Adamou, in cooperation with the Cornelia Goethe Centrum and Frauenreferat der Stadt Frankfurt am Main.