Half of the fourteen essays published here were submitted for publication from the teaching staff and half from academic friends of the Department of German Language and Literature at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In alphabetical order are represented in this volume: Ofer Ashkenazi (Jerusalem), Gabriela Börschmann (Jerusalem), Amir Engel (Jerusalem), Michael Fisch (Jerusalem), Ahmed Haykel Gaafar (Bamberg), Vivian Liska (Jerusalem), Ethel Matala de Mazza (Berlin), Angelika Neuwirth (Jerusalem), Sandra Reimann (Oulo), Christoph Schmidt (Jerusalem), Peter Sloterdijk (Berlin), Joseph Vogl (Berlin), Wolfgang Welsch (Berlin) and Barbara Wiedemann (Tübingen). In 1977 it was decided to set up a chair for German studies at the Hebrew University. The department was founded just two years later. The university promoted the institutional establishment of German studies by regularly inviting colleagues from Germany. The Walter Benjamin Chair for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural Studies was established at the Jerusalem Department in 2000 and has been held by Michael Fisch since 2018. So far, two anthologies on »Transcultural Hermeneutics« have been published on his initiative. This book will be published in September 2021 and is dedicated to the philosopher Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786).
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