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Georg Simmel: How is Society Possible?

Dr. Amos Morris-Reich

Director of the Bucerius Institute
Department of Jewish History
University of Haifa



Research Areas
Jewish History within the Conceptual Foundations of European, particularly German Social Science and Social Thought, The History of Anti-Semitism within Science, and Israeli Cultural Ideology
Higher Education
2004 The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, PhD (Summa cum Laude), Dissertation Title: “Disciplinary Paradigms and Jewish Assimilation: The Jews as Object of Research”.  Supervisors: Prof. Sander L. Gilman, Prof. Eli Lederhendler, Prof. Gabriel Motzkin
1995-1999 The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Direct Doctoral Course at the Institute of Contemporary Jewry
1993-1995 The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, B. A. (Summa cum Laude) in Jewish History and General Studies; Faculty of Humanities.
Academic Positions
2013 Academic Coordinator
The Polonsky Academy for Advanced Study in the
Humanities and Social Sciences at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute
2008 Department of Jewish History, University of Haifa
2008 Director of the Bucerius Institute for Research of Contemporary German History and Society
Academic Affiliations
2010 Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Visiting Fellow
2009 Glossberg Visiting Israeli Scholar, Knox College, Galesburg Illinois
2008 Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
2007 The Jerusalem Van Leer Institute, Polonsky Foundation Fellow
2007 Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Jewish Culture, Leipzig University, Leipzig, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
2005-2007 Ben-Gurion University, Beer Sheva, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Department of Jewish Thought
2005 Max-Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
2004-2005 The Hebrew University Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Postdoctoral Fellow, The Institute of Contemporary Jewry
2003 - 2004 The Department of Sociology and The Divinity School, The University of Chicago and The Humanities Laboratory, The University of Illinois –  Chicago, Chicago, Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
2003 Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Jewish Culture, Leipzig University, Leipzig, Visiting Research Fellow
2002 Franz Rosenzweig Research Center, The Hebrew University, Visiting Research Fellow
2001-2003 The Freudian Field Institute, Clinical Section of Jerusalem, Under the Auspices of the Department of Psychoanalysis University of  Paris – VIII, Jerusalem
1998-2000 The Free University of Berlin, Berlin, Visiting Graduate Student

-The Quest for Jewish Assimilation in Modern Social Science (New York and London: Routledge, 2008).
-Race and Photography: Racial Photography as Scientific Evidence (under review).
-Editor: Georg Simmel: "How is Society Possible?" and Other Essays (Ha-kibutz ha-meuchad: Tel-Aviv, 2012) [Hebrew].
-Editor with Dirk Rupnow, The History of Notions of Race in the Humanities(under review).
-Editor, Sander Gilman: A Selction of Translations(in press) [Hebrew].

"Taboo and Classification: Post-1945 German racial writing on Jews,“ Leo Baeck Yearbook, 58, 2013, 1-21.
"Photographs and Economies of Demonstration: The Idea of the Jews as a Mixed Race People,“ Jewish Social Studies (accepted for publication).
"From assimilationist anti-racism to Zionist anti-antisemitism: Georg Simmel, Franz Boas and Arthur Ruppin,“ in: Marcel Stoeltzer (ed.), Antisemitism and the Constitution of Sociology, (Lincoln: Nebraska University Press)[Forthcoming]
"Anthropology, Standardisation and Measurement: Rudolf Martin and anthropometric photography,“ British Journal for the History of Science 46 (3) 2013, 487-516.
"Science and "Race" in Solomon Yudovin's photographic documentation of Russian Jewry,1912-1914,“ Images: A Journal of Jewish Art and Visual Culture 6, (2012), 27-54.
"After the Fact: 'Jews' in German physical Anthropology, 1945-1992,“ in: Efraim Sicher (ed.), Race, Color, Identity: Rethinking Discourses about "Jews" in the Twenty-First Century (Berghain: Oxford, 2012), 217-233.
"Analytical Principle and Life–Philosophy: The Racial Theory of Hans F. K. Günther," in Racism, ed. Yair Auron (The Open University: Tel Aviv, 2010), 65-84 [Hebrew]
"Surface, Depth, and Teleology in Israeli Culture: The Case of the Hebrew Expression ‘tachles bashetach," Jewish Culture and History 11 (3) 2009, 39–58.
-"Argumentative Patterns and Epistemic Considerations: Responses to anti-Semitism in the Conceptual History of Social Science," Jewish Quarterly Review100, no. 3 (2010): 454-482.
-"Life in Two-Dimensions: A Cultural History of ‘Territory in Israeli Culture,” Theory and Criticism, 36, no.10, 35-60 [Hebrew]
-"Circumventions and Confrontations: Responses to anti-Semitism in Georg Simmel, Franz Boas, and Arthur Ruppin," Patterns of Prejudice, 44, no. 2 (2010): 195 – 215.
-“Ruppin and the Peculiarities of Race: A Response to Etan Bloom”, History of European Ideas 34, no. 1 (2008): 116-119.
-"The Controversy over the Foundation of Sociology and its Object: Simmel's Form versus Durkheim's Collectivity", in Traditions of Controversy, ed. Marcelo Dascal and Han-Liang Chang (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2007): 227-243.
-"Arthur Ruppin on Race: Theory and Practice", in Racism in Israel, ed. Yossi Yonah and Yehouda Shenhav (Forthcoming, Ha-kibutz ha-meuchad) [Hebrew]
-"Arthur Ruppin's Conception of Race and the Middle East", Transversal: Zeitschrift für jüdische Studien 7, no. 2 (2006): 19-32.
-"Extinction of Jewish Existence or a Modern Form of Identity? Assimilation as an Analytical Category in Early Formulations of Social Science," Iyunim Bitkumat Israel: Studies in Zionism, the Yishuv and the State of Israel 17 (2007): 179-195 [Hebrew].
-"End on Surface: Teleology and Ground in Israeli Culture," Representations 97  (Winter 2007): 123-150.
-“Method, Project, and the Racial Characteristics of Jews: A Comparison of Franz Boas and Hans F. K. Günther," Jewish Social Studies, 13, no. 1, (2006): 136-169.
-"The 'Negative' Jew and Individuality," Jewish Quarterly Review 97, no. 1 (2006): 100-127.
-"Arthur Ruppin's Concept of Race," Israel Studies 11, no. 3 (2006): 1-30.
-"Bildung and German - Jewish History: Idea and Ethos", in The German Jewish Encounter: Sixty Years After the War, ed. Ben Mollov (2006): 38-47.
-Race, Ideas, and Ideals: A Comparison of Franz Boas and Hans F. K. Günther," History of European Ideas 32, no. 3 (2006): 313-332.
-“Franz Boas’ Linguistic Paradigm and the Paradox of the Jews’ Group-Existence," Studies in Contemporary Jewry 21 (2005): 252-269.
-"From autonomous Subject to free Individual in Simmel and Lacan", History of European Ideas 31, no. 1 (2005): 103-127.
-"Epistemologies of Jewish Assimilation – Ethnic Markers and Social Scientific Paradigms", Simon Dubnow Yearbook 3 (2004): 431-473.
-“Three Paradigms of ‘The Negative Jew’: ‘Identity’ from Simmel to Zizek," Jewish Social Studies10, no. 2 (2004): 179-214.
-“ ‘The Beautiful Jew is a Moneylender’: Money and Individuality in Simmel’s Rehabilitation of the ‘Jew’”, Theory Culture & Society, 20, no. 4 (2003): 127-142.
-“Simmel’s and Lacan’s Ethics of the Exception”, Telos 123 (Spring 2002): 131-148.
-“What will be done with the shattered subject? Simmel’s and Lacan’s radically contrasting Views“, Almanac of Psychoanalysis III (2002): 187-197.

Other Publications / Reviews
- "Assimilation," Encyclopedia of Jewish Culture and History [German].
- Review of Veronika Lipphardt, Biologie der Juden: Jüdische Wissenschaftler über "Rasse""Rasse" und Vererbung, 1900- 1935 (Berlin: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2008), Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies 29, no. 2 (2011): 206-209.
- Review of Mitchell B. Hart, The Healthy Jew (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 2007), Studies in Contemporary Jewry (2010): 192-193.
Review of Susannah Heschel, The Aryan Jesus: Christian Theologians and the Bible in Nazi Germany (Princeton: Princeton univ. Press, 2008), The Journal of Religion 89 (2009): 586-587.
- - Review of Cyril Reade, Mendelsohn to Mendelsohn: Visual Case Studies of Jewish Life in Berlin (Bern: Peter Lang, 2007), Zion LLXXIII, no. 3 (2008): 367-370 [Hebrew].
Contributor, “Yad Vashem”, Eclipse of Humanity: The History of the Jews in the Holocaust, Educational Disc, Yad Vashem 2000.
-["'Individual Law' and Universal Ethics: A Question through a Heretic Sociologist", Freudian Notebooks, 12 (6 2002) [Hebrew].


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