Dr Andrea Schatz
Reader in Jewish Studies
Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2337
Address: Theology & Religious Studies
King's College London
Room 3.26, Virginia Woolf Building,
LONDON, WC2B 6LE
Research interests and PhD supervision
Andrea Schatz studied Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies 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)
- 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
- “Eleven Calendars”: Beyond Secular Time, in: Alexander Joskowicz and Ethan Katz (eds), Secularism and Its Discontents: Jewish Perspectives, Philadelphia 2015 (forthcoming).
- An Interpretive Tradition: Connecting Europe and the "East" in the Eighteenth Century, in Richard I. Cohen et al. eds, Jewish Culture in Early Modern Europe: Essays in Honor of David B. Ruderman. Cincinnati and Pittsburgh 2014, 260–270.
- Interrupted Games: Lessing and Mendelssohn on Religion, Intermarriage and Integration, in: Lessing Yearbook 39 (2012), 51–72.
- Detours in a “Hidden Land”: Samuel Romanelli’s Masa ba‘rav, in: Tradition, Authority, Diaspora: Critical Terms in Jewish Studies, ed. Ra’anan Boustan, Oren Kosansky and Marina Rustow, Philadelphia 2011, 164-184.
- Sprache in der Zerstreuung: Zur Säkularisierung des Hebräischen im 18. Jahrhundert [Language in the Diaspora: The Secularization of Hebrew in the Eighteenth Century], Göttingen 2009, 304 pp.
Expertise and public engagement
- 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.
Public lectures (selected):
- Franz Hessel Lecture 2014, RWTH Aachen University & Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3, Nov 2014.
- Tausendundeine Nacht auf Jiddisch: Jüdische Interpretationen des "Orient“, Guest lecture, Goethe University Frankfurt, June 2013.
- A Language in Search of Its Author: The Early Modern Beginnings of Modern Hebrew, Public lecture, Institute of Jewish Studies, UCL, February 2013.
- Numerous presentations at international conferences and workshops in Europe, Israel, and the United States.
Conferences organised (selected):
- A Joint King’s–UCL International Conference: Language, Nation and Modernity: Hebrew in Europe, 1800–2000 (with Lily Kahn, UCL), King’s College London and UCL, 10-12 May 2014.
- 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.