CFP: Moses Hess between Socialism and Zionism


International Conference


200th Anniversary of his Birth (1812); 150th Anniversary of his Book "Rome and Jerusalem" (1862) (Jerusalem, Monday-Tuesday, March 19-20, 2012)



The Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem; the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Israel Office; the Martin Buber Chair for Jewish Thought and Philosophy, Goethe University Frankfurt am Main; and the Centre for German-Jewish Studies, University of Sussex are planning to hold an international conference dealing with various aspects of the ideas and activities of Moses Hess (1812-1875), to mark the 200th anniversary of his birth and the 150thanniversary of his famous book "Rome and Jerusalem". The multi-layered personality of Moses Hess – a friend and colleague of Karl Marx as well as a forerunner of Zionism – is like a prism that reflects various political and cultural facets of German Jewry. The challenges, tensions and contradictions characterizing modern culture in general, and 19th century German Jewry in particular, are represented in the numerous areas of Hess’ activity as writer, revolutionary activist and thinker. Beyond their historical significance, the issues that Hess raised in his writings are more relevant than ever in the post-communist and post-national era of today.

Themes to be discussed at the conference:

*Hess as a person

*Hess as a socialist (with special emphasis on his relationship with Karl Marx)

*Hess as a Zionist, and his impact on socialist Zionism *Messianism *Socialism and nationalism (comparative theoretical and historical dimensions).

*Hess on: man and nature, ecology, individuality, and other issues.

Further themes and aspects regarding his life and thought and its relevance to today’s world are welcome.


Scholars interested in participating in the conference are invited to submit proposals for papers to be presented. The submission should include:

*A short CV, with a list of main publications;

* The title of the proposed presentation and a précis of up to 250 words.

The submission should be sent in English to by August 15th, 2011. Authors of accepted submissions will be notified by September, 2011.

The conference will be held in Jerusalem on March 19-20, 2012. Conference

language: English.

The keynote lecture will be held by Prof. Shlomo Avineri.

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