CfP: Conference on the occasion of the 150th Birthday of Bertha Pappenheim (Event: Jerusalem), Deadline: 07.12.2008

Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem and the Van Leer Institute Jerusalem, Jerusalem/p>

Zeit: 23.-25.02.2009
Ort: Van Leer Institute, 43 Jabotinsky St., Jerusalem, Israel
Deadline: 07.12.2008

February 27th 2009 will mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Bertha Pappenheim. The Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem in cooperation with The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute will hold a conference in Jerusalem to commemorate this event. Bertha Pappenheim was a truly remarkable figure, but the full impact of her active contribution to a broad spectrum of social life and her influence on future generations have not earned her the recognition she deserves. The issues that she addressed throughout her life and her responses to them are of even greater relevance today.

Scholars from a variety of disciplines e.g., history, sociology, literature, criminology, psychology, law, – and social activists are invited to submit proposals for lectures based on her life and work.

Appropriate themes might include:

  • from Anna O. to Bertha Pappenheim
  • the case of Anna O. – Hysteria, Freud and psychoanalysis
  • Feminism, women and Jewish women at the fin-de-siècle in central and eastern Europe
  • Prostitution and white slavery, and the fight against it from the end of the 19th century until today
  • Pappenheim and the conflict of the modern woman
  • Pappenheim’s writings
  • Pappenheim and Jewish Orthodoxy
  • Pappenheim and Zionism
  • Pappenheim and other figures (Recha Freier, Henrietta Szold, Martin Buber, Rabbi Nehemia Nobel and others)
  • Representations and perceptions of Anna O. and Bertha Pappenheim.
  • Pappenheim’s relevance to our days.
  • Other topics.

The conference will take place on Monday-Wednesday, February 23-25, 2009 at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute (in English and Hebrew). Please send proposals with a half-page to a page summary and a short CV to by December 7th 2008.

Leo Baeck Institute Jerusalem
33 Bustenai st. Jerusalem 93229, Israel


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