The Jewish Museum Berlin Fellowship
The Jewish Museum Berlin’s own fellowship program is increasing our museum’s visibility as a research institution. The program was launched when the Academy was opened in fall 2012 and supports research projects that examine not only Jewish history and culture, but also migration and diversity in Germany.
On the occasion of W. Michael Blumenthal’s ninetieth birthday, a fellowship in his name was launched as part of the Jewish-Islamic Forum, sponsored by the Berthold Leibinger Stiftung.
In late 2014, Dr. Karen Körber completed the first fellowship project, titled Everyday Realities: Contemporary Jewish Life in Germany. At the heart of the project was the first nationwide study of second-generation Russian-speaking Jewish immigrants in Germany.
Our first W. Michael Blumenthal Fellow, who took the position in November 2016, is Walid Abd El Gawad with his post-doc project "To Know One Religion Is to Know None:" Reflections on Islam and Judaism in the Writings of German-Speaking Jewish Orientalists (1833–1955), which is shedding light on new aspects of the history of Jewish–Muslim relations in the modern age.
Beginning in January 2017, our second W. Michael Blumenthal Fellow is the education scholar Dr. Rosa Fava. Her post-doc project, titled Didactics of the Middle East Conflict, investigates teaching and learning concepts and materials about the Middle Eastern conflict in education outside the school system. Her emphasis is on continuing training courses for teachers and other multipliers.