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Andrea Schatz

Dr Andrea Schatz

schatzReader in Jewish Studies

Study Abroad tutor and Convenor of the MA in Jewish Studies

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2337
Address: Theology & Religious Studies
King's College London
Room 3.26, Virginia Woolf Building,
22 Kingsway


Andrea Schatz read Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature at the Freie Universität Berlin and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. In 2003, she received her PhD from Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf and was awarded a research fellowship at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies in Philadelphia, where she joined a research group on “Historical and Anthropological Perspectives in Jewish Studies”. From 2004–2007 she was a Post-doctoral Fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University, teaching in the Religion Department and in the interdisciplinary programs in Judaic Studies and European Cultural Studies. After a few months at the University of Amsterdam, Andrea Schatz joined the Department at King’s College London in September 2008.

In 2009, Andrea returned for a semester to the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies as Ella Darivoff Fellow to pursue her work in a research group on Secularism and Its Discontents: Rethinking an Organizing Principle of Modern Jewish Life (online exhibit). She is a Co-Investigator of the AHRC-funded research project The Reception of Josephus in Jewish Culture from the 18th Century to the Present (Principal investigator: Martin Goodman, Oxford, Co-Investigator: Tessa Rajak, Oxford). The project focuses on the ways in which Jews since the eighteenth century have built on earlier uses of Josephus’ writings for their own purposes, examining the reasons for fluctuations of interest over time and in different places and seeking to understand how preferences were influenced by contemporary issues and how they in turn had an impact on them.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Jewish thought and practice in early modern and modern times, Jewish-Christian contacts between Venice and Amsterdam, Berlin and London
  • The Enlightenment and its critics
  • Jewish and post-colonial perspectives on religion, secularism, and the "Orient"
  • Jews and multi-religious societies in literature and film

Andrea focuses on the world of European Jews in the modern period. Their creative and complex approaches to issues of religion and culture, nation and diaspora, language and citizenship are at the centre of her research projects. In view of current debates on the Enlightenment, secularism and colonialism, she explores what it might mean that Jews were – in various different ways – always already involved in shaping European modernity. Her book on the Hebrew language in the eighteenth century, its religious and secular contexts and its renewal as a modern language of the Jewish nation in the diaspora was published in 2009. Currently, Andrea is working on a research project that analyses how Jews used the Christian concept of the “Orient” when taking up issues of religion, culture and visibility in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Andrea welcomes inquiries from prospective PhD students in the following areas:

  • Jewish thought and practice in early modern & modern Europe
  • Early modern Jewish bibles
  • The European Enlightenment and its critics
  • Jewish perspectives on secularism and orientalism
For more details, please see her full research profile.
Selected publications
  • Sprache in der Zerstreuung: Zur Säkularisierung des Hebräischen im 18. Jahrhundert [Language in the Diaspora: The Secularization of Hebrew in the Eighteenth Century], Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2009, 304 pp.
  • Yiddish: A Diasporic Path to Modernity, JSQ 15.1 (2008) (guest editor)
  • Sepharad in Ashkenaz: Medieval Knowledge and Eighteenth-Century Jewish Enlightened Discourse, ed. Resianne Fontaine, Andrea Schatz and Irene Zwiep, Amsterdam: Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2007
  • Janusfiguren: "Jüdische Heimstätte", Exil und Nation im deutschen Zionismus [“Jewish Homeland“, Nation and Exile in German Zionism], ed. Andrea Schatz and Christian Wiese, Berlin: Metropol, 2006
  • Der Differenz auf der Spur: Frauen und Gender in Aschkenaz [Tracing Difference: Women and Gender in Ashkenaz], ed. Andrea Schatz and Christiane E. Müller, Berlin: Metropol, 2004.
For a complete list of publications, please see Andrea's full research profile.


  • 4AAT1032 Constancy and Creativity: Jewish Interpretations of Tradition
  • 5AAT2044 Religious Difference: Jewish, Christian and Other Perspectives
  • 6AAT3052 European Jews and the ‘Orient’

In 2011, Andrea supervised BA dissertations on topics such as Messianism in the Reform movement, Jewish feminism & Rosh Chodesh groups, and Civil Religion in Israel.


  • 7AATC720 Identities & Communities in Flux: Texts & Methods in Jewish Studies (coordinator)
  • 7AATC740 Jewish Perspectives on Religion, Culture and Public Space

Andrea is also convenor of the MA programme in Jewish Studies and welcomes inquiries about the course from prospective students. 

Expertise and public engagement

Public presentations (non-academic, selected)

  • The Jewish Enlightenment and Sepharad, Masorti Kollel, 16 and 23 June 2011.
  • The Languages of Synagogues, Workshop: Creating New Jewish Spaces, Finchley Reform Synagogue Rebuilding Project, 13 March 2010.
  • Lessing’s Conversions, Panel: Lessing's "Nathan the Wise" (with Simon Richter, University of Pennsylvania, and Elliot Ratzman, Temple University), People’s Light & Theatre, Philadelphia/Malvern, 4 Oct 2009.

Conferences organised (selected)

  • International Workshop: Topoi of Time: Jewish Interpretations of Human and Other Temporalities(with Jonathan Boyarin, UNC Chapel Hill), King's College London, 23–25 May 2011.
  • International Workshop: What Is a Sacred Language? Perspectives from the Diaspora, King's College London, 12 July 2010.
  • International Workshop: Yiddish: A Diasporic Path to Modernity, Program in Judaic Studies/Society of Fellows, Princeton University, 9 April 2006.
  • International Colloquium: Sepharad in Ashkenaz – Medieval Knowledge and Eighteenth-Century Jewish Enlightened Discourse (with Irene E. Zwiep and Resianne Fontaine), Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, Amsterdam, 18–21 February 2002.
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