We begin this year’s visit with the faculty Professor Irit Dekel:
“2021-22 was an interesting and fruitful year: I taught two new classes in Germanic Studies which I was glad to develop: 334 “Intro to German Social Thought: the freedom to think otherwise” to a group of enthusiastic students in the Fall, and GER 627 “Holocaust Memory: Sites and Debates” to a groups of excellent graduate students from across the College and the Jacobs School of Music in the Spring.
Over the academic year, I participated in the Institute for Advanced Study Bloomington Symposia Working Group on the topic of Migration, which opened up meaningful conversations on the concept of postmigration that I work on in my book in progress.
In March 2022 I co-led a virtual workshop with Professor Alice Bloch of Manchester University, featuring students and faculty from IU and from Manchester on the topic Body Art and Modification: Memory and Identity, generously funded by Manchester University Humanities Strategic Investment Fund for Internationalization, which also enabled Alice Bloch and me to meet in Berlin in the summer of 2022 for pilot fieldwork on the topic of Jewish Embodiment through Body Art. The summer continued with an engaging invited lecture I delivered in the Martin Buber Institute at Goethe University Frankfurt am Main, on Philosemitism in Contemporary German Media.
I co-organized with colleagues from Cambridge, London and Berlin the Cambridge University held workshop Entangled Otherings, which was funded by the DAAD and the British Academy in June 2022, where I presented work in progress on explaining the fight against Antisemitism in Germany in three cultural shifts.
My article “Philosemitism in Contemporary German Media” was published in May 2022 in Media, Culture & Society vol. 44.
Finally, this Fall I focus on research and writing, while meeting with advisees and directing the Olamot Center for scholarly and cultural exchange with Israel.”