Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received

Lecture Series: Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights (with Video Recording)

Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948, Jewish and Muslim legal scholars and intellectuals have helped draft many other agreements and statements on human rights, which have a specific regional or national scope.

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W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Hall

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

Video recording of the lecture Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received (English with a German introduction); 25 January 2018; Jewish Museum Berlin 2018

What religious and ethical norms underlie these agreements? And what are the primary features of the current Jewish and Muslim discourse over the adaptation and practical enforcement of human rights outside of Europe and North America?

Michael Galchinsky and Mashood Baderin will debate these and other questions. Moderation: Dr. Nahed Samour, Lichtenberg-Kolleg, The Göttingen Institute for Advanced Study.

Michael Galchinsky

Michael Galchinsky is Associate Provost of the Organization for Institutional Effectiveness and a member of the Center for Human Rights and Democracy at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He is the author of several books, including Jews and Human Rights: Dancing at Three Weddings.

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Mashood Baderin

Mashood Baderin is Professor of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. He was appointed to the United Nations Human Rights Council as expert advisor on the human rights situation in Sudan. His books include International Human Rights and Islamic Law.

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W. M. Blumenthal Academy, Hall

Fromet-und-Moses-Mendelssohn-Platz 1, 10969 Berlin
(Opposite the Museum)

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In this symposium, research that explores the origins of Jewish ceremonial objects exclusively in Israel and Germany, took center stage for the first time.

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Anita Lasker Wallfisch: Auschwitz Never Left Me

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Born in Breslau in 1925, Anita Lasker Wallfisch studied cello in Berlin from 1938. In 1942, Anita’s parents were deported to Izbica and murdered, and in 1943 Anita and her sister Renate were deported to Ausschwitz.

Lives in Common: Arabs and Jews in Jerusalem

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Margot Friedländer: Try to Make Your Life

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Walter Frankenstein: Not with Us

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Henry Wuga: A Nuremberger from Glasgow

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Luther, Rosenzweig, and the Script

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Between the Lines

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Sexual Ethics: Sexuality, Lust, Eroticism, and God

16 May 2017
Panel discussion with David Biale and Kecia Ali (in German and English)

Military Ethics: The (Religious) Laws Silent Beneath the Weapons?

6 April 2017
Panel discussion with Michael Broyde and Asma Afsaruddin (in German and English)

The Boundaries of Life - Bioethical Challenges

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Panel discussion with Laurie Zoloth and Ilhan Ilkilic (in German and English)

Jews in North Africa During the Second World War

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Business Ethics – Is Capitalism Kosher/Halal?

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Panel discussion with Nathan Lee Kaplan and Idris Nassery
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"Nothing can Hurt Those who Already Died Once" - Discussion with Contemporary Witness Marko Feingold

Event on 10 November 2016
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Social Ethics – On Fair Social Order

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Sites of Memory: Lost and Entangled Narratives

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TIME OF CRISIS

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With: Dan Diner, Adam Michnik, Dietmar Herz, Étienne François, and Hans Kundnani
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Organic Meets Kosher and Halal

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Event on 1 March 2016
With: Renate Lasker-Harpprecht and Anita Lasker Wallfisch
Language: German, no subtitles

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With: Tobias Jona Simon and Esra Özyürek
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Recording of the opening event
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Symposium from 7 April 2014 to 8 April 2014
Recording of the keynote by Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck and the followed panel discussion
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Art and Culture in the Terezín Ghetto

Symposium on 2 March 2014
In four lectures, the symposium explores the history of Theresienstadt, the “ghetto of exceptions,” from four different angles.
With: Wolfgang Benz, Anna Hájková and Hanno Loewy
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Conference from 27 February 2014 to 28 February 2014
With: John H. Falk
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Is Higher Education a Safeguard Against Racism and Antisemitism?

Presentation of a study followed by panel discussion on 20 February 2014
With: Wassilis Kassis, Charlotte Schallié, Iman Attia, Stefanie Schüler-Springorum and Andreas Zick
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Circumcision: Identity Politics and / or Health Issue?

Talk on 8 May 2013
With: Sander L. Gilman
in Englisch

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My God, Your God, No God

14 June 2018
Part of our lecture Series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Ongoing Struggles. Anti-Discrimination Work during the Rise of the Far Right

7 June 2018
Opening Session of the academic conference
Including Imani Perry's keynote »What Lies Underneath: Difficult Histories and the Resurgence of The Far Right«

Equal before God and Humans?

3 May 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

12 April 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

What is the Relationship Between Antisemitism and Islamophobia?

20 March 2018
Lectures by David Feldman and Stefanie Schüler-Springorum

The Right to Life

8 March 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received

25 January 2018
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?

23 November 2017
Part of our lecture series Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

New Judaism – Alliances in Postmigrant Society

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Discussion on concepts of being Jewish within the third generation of Jews in Germany (in German and English)

Germanija. How I Became an Adult and a Jew in Germany

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Reading and discussion on Dmitrij Belkin's narrative that also throws light on immigration today.

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Man as Lord or Guardian of Creation?

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Video: German and English, no subtitles

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Discussion with Reina Lewis and Meriem Lebdiri (in German and English)

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Eliz Sanasarian and Elham Rokni on video art by Elham Rokni and the situation of Jews in Iran from the 1979 revolution to today.
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With Karamba to the Bundestag
My Journey from Senegal to the German Parliament

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Karamba Diaby tells of his birth country Senegal, of life in the GDR, his work in the Bundestag, and of his vision of an open and future-oriented society.
Audio: in German

Ariel Sabar
My Father’s Paradise: A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

11 May 2017
Reading and talk with the writer Ariel Sabar on the story of his father Yona Sabar, professor of the Neo-Aramaic language, and the Kurdish-Jewish history.
Audio: in English

Israelis in Germany
Ideological Debates and Changing Identities

4 May 2017
Talk and Slideshow with Dr. Dani Kranz and Katja Harbi from the University of Wuppertal on Israeli Jews in today's Germany.
Audio: in German

Im/Possibilities
Perspectives on Refugee Participation

29 March 2017
Conference on the situation for refugees in Europe and Germany. Recording of the opening event with a talk by Gurminder K Bhambra, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, UK, followed by a panel discussion.
Audio: in German and English

Our Father: A Sinti Family Recounts

23 March 2017
Conversation and reading with the German-Sinti civil rights activist and author Anita Awosusi and her daughter Tayo Onutor about their family’s history.
Audio: in German

The Acid Test
How Fear of Foreigners is Threatening our Democracy

16 February 2017
The Islamic studies and education scholar Lamya Kaddor reads from her book and discusses integration with Minister of State Aydan Özoğuz and Andreas Zick.
Audio: in German

Jews in North Africa During the Second World War

26 Januar 2017
Theme day with lectures by Michel Abitbol, Eric Salerno, Patrick Bernhard, Haim Saadoun, and panel discussion
Language: German, English, and French

A Jew in Neukölln – My Path to Coexistence of Religions

19 October 2016
The theology student and writer Ármin Langer reads from his book and talks about Jewish life in Neukölln.
Audio: in German

Sites of Memory: Lost and Entangled Narratives

16 September 2016
Conference with Dr. Rosa Fava, Juliane Jurewicz, Prof. Dr. Iman Attia, Olga Gerstenberger, Ozan Keskinkiliç, Anita Awosusi, Ilona Lagrene, Prof. Dr. Michael Rothberg, and Serpil Polat
Video: in German and English, no subtitles

TIME OF CRISIS

7 September 2016
Panel discussion with Dan Diner, Adam Michnik, Dietmar Herz, Étienne François, and Hans Kundnani
Video: in German, no subtitles

Antisemitism in the Arabic World – Facts and Myths

26 April 2016
Panel discussion with Michael Kiefer and Omar Kamil
Video: in German, no subtitles

Angst ums Abendland (Fears For the West)
Book Presentation with Daniel Bax

6 April 2016
Talk with Daniel Bax and Gideon Botsch on Right-wing populist parties, anti-Muslim sentiments, flight and asylum.
Audio: in German

Post-migrant Society?!

12–14 November 2015
International conference, recording of the opening event
Video: in German and English, no subtitles

Kill Me a Son!

3–4 September 2015
Symposium, recording of the opening event
With: Prof. Dr. Peter Schäfer and Prof. Dr. Angelika Neuwirth
Video: in German, no subtitles

The Realignment of "Education after Auschwitz" in Immigration Society

27 January 2015
Book presentation and panel discussion with the author Rosa Fava, Angela Kühner (University of Frankfurt), Selman Erkovan, history teacher in training, and Marco Kühnert, a guide at the Neuengamme Concentration Camp Memorial, Hamburg.
Audio: in German

A Shared View of Europe – Jewish and Muslim Experiences as Reflected in Public Controversies

19 January 2015
Panel discussion with Prof. Nilüfer Göle, Shai Lavi and Gökçe Yurdakul
Video: in German, no subtitles

Contemporary Jewish Life in a Global Modernity

11–12 December 2014
International conference, recording of the presentation "Future of European Jewry"
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Video: in English, no subtitles

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Presentation of a study on the circumcision debate followed by a discussion as part of the Judeo-Islamic Forum.
Video: in German, no subtitles

Concepts of Citizenship and Participation in European Comparison

7–8 April 2014
Symposium, recording of the keynote by Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck and the followed panel discussion
With: Prof. Dr. Rainer Bauböck, Dr. Manuela Bojadžijev, Josip Juratovic and Dr. Monika Lüke
Video: in German, no subtitles

Is Higher Education a Safeguard Against Racism and Antisemitism?

20 February 2014
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Video: in German, no subtitles

Modernized, then Tolerated?

10 October 2013
Panel discussion with Micha Brumlik, Petra Bahr, Kadir Sanci, and Thomas Bauer about religion and navigating between tradition and adaptation.
Audio: in German

The History of Jews and Dönme in Turkey

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Audio: in German

Lecture Series (6) Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights Show all

Jewish and Islamic Perspectives on Human Rights

Our lecture series addresses controversial human rights topics arising in various walks of life and examines them from Jewish and Islamic perspectives. For every lecture, we invite two scholars who present their own positions and then engage in a dialogue.

My God, Your God, No God

14 June 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives toward the contemporary discourse on human rights? Leora Batnitzky (Princeton University) and Anver Emon (University of Toronto) discuss questions in the dynamic space between individual freedom of belief and specific religions’ absolute claim on the truth.

Equal before God and Humans?

3 May 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives toward the contemporary discourse on human rights? Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) and Katajun Amirpur (University of Hamburg) discuss questions of gender justice in Judaism and Islam.

How Much Criticism Do Judaism and Islam Tolerate?

12 April 2018
What are the commonalities and differences between the Jewish and Islamic perspectives towards the contemporary discourse on human rights? Suzanne Last Stone (Yeshiva University) and Anshuman Mondal (University of East Anglia) discuss the culture of debate, freedom of opinion, and the openness to outside criticism in Judaism and Islam.

The Right to Life

8 March 2018
David Novak and Jonathan Brown discuss under what conditions a person's right to life can be restricted in Judaism and Islam and how this right is weighed against other legal rights.

Human Rights Treaties and How They are Received

25 January 2018
Michael Galchinsky and Mashood Baderin debate, among other questions, what religious and ethical norms underlie human rights agreements and what are the primary features of the current Jewish and Muslim discourse over the adaptation and practical enforcement of human rights outside of Europe and North America.

Human Rights and Religions – A Contradiction?

23 November 2017
Human rights are regarded as a secular value system. Where do Judaism and Islam provide a link to contemporary human rights discourse or are they even incompatible? Prof. Dr. Shaheen Sardar Ali and Jill Jacobs entered into a discussion.

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