The question of cultural classification and religious traditions is often answered in a surprising and playful way in pop culture. Even Jewish culture is not something fixed in the pop culture of the 20th and 21st century, but appears as a malleable figure in a game that is being reinvented all the time.
Caspar Battegay will present his book on “Judentum and Popkultur” and will explore this game with Jewish characters in a selection of various films, TV shows, songs and texts. In doing so, the problematic perception of the Jewish in Germany will be examined in context with pop culture.
Caspar Battegay teaches at the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Basel. His interests are German-Jewish literature, literature theory, modern intellectual history and pop culture.
Klaus Davidowicz, Professor of Jewish Studies at the University of Vienna, will conduct the interview with the author.
He was the expert consultant on the TV documentary series “Die Juden, Geschichte eines Volkes” (ARD/Arte 2007) and has been running the Jewish Film Club Vienna together with Bella Makagon and Frank Stern since 2008, organizing movie performances and discussions on a regular basis.
Judentum und Popkultur
March 2012, 154 p., pb,
Admission free of charge
Jewish Museum Vienna