Idan Gillo

Literary scholar, Minerva Stiftung fellow with the project The German-Jewish Paul

CV

  • since 2019: Post-Doc at the Leibniz-Zentrum für Literatur- und Kulturforschung, Berlin
  • 2017: Dr. Liselotte Kirchner-Stipendienprogramms der Franckeschen Stiftungen Halle
  • 2010–2016: Ph.D. Program, Department of German Studies at Stanford University, doctoral thesis: “Redemption through Conversion. The Conversion and Rebirth Discourse in 18th Century Germany”
  • 2013: Exchange with the Franz Rosenzweig Center in Jerusalem
  • 2007–2009: Master of Arts: European Literatures and Cultures / German Literature, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg
  • 2002–2006 Bachelor of Arts: Studies of German Literature, Hebrew University in Jerusalem

Research Interests

  • Modern German Literature
  • 18th century
  • Pietism
  • Literary Theory
  • German-Jewish History
  • Religious studies
  • Conversion Studies
  • Political Theology
  • Biblical Studies

Publications

  • “Forming a Liberal Coalition of Reason: Political Theology in the Mendelssohn-Lavater Affair.” Naharim 2014, 8(1):8-30
  • “Die Verkehrte Bekehrung in Goethe's Faust.” German Quarterly 86.4 (2013): 464-482
  • “’Sehnsucht nach einer großen Veränderung, einem Ausflug, einer Verwandlung’: Rückkehr, Umkehr und Wiedergeburt bei Barbara Honigmann.” Kurz hinter der Wahrheit und dicht neben der Lüge : Zum Werk Barbara Honigmanns. Ed. Eshel, Amir, and Yfaat Weiss. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2013, 79-94

Lectures

  • “'Denn es Gefiel eurem Vater, euch das Reich zu Geben': Der Pietistische Versuch, König Friedrich Wilhelm I zu Bekehren”. German Studies Association Conference, Pittsburgh, Sep 27-30 2018
  • “The Political Theology of Apocatastasis in the 18th Century”. German Studies Association Conference, Atlanta, Oct. 5-8 2017
  • “Bekehrung und Wiedergeburt als politische Theologie im Halleschen Pietismus«, Franckesche Stiftungen in Halle, 7 Sep 2017
  • “Conservative Liberalism Critique in Ernst Jünger’s Eumeswil”. American Comparative Literature Association Conference, Utrecht, Jul 6-9 2017
  • “The Currency Scenes in Goethe’s Faust”. Oxford, May 18-19 2017
  • “Thus Spoke Zarathustra”. Philosophical Reading Group, Stanford, Jan 27 2017
  • German Studies Association: “Guide Readers on the Right Way of Salvation": Johann Joachim Spalding’s Criticism of Pietist Feelings Discourse”. San Diego, Sep. 30 2016
  • “Rebirth According To Ezekiel” a paper given in Prophetic Imaginings: Aesthetics, Ethics, Hermeneutics. Stanford, May 9-10 2016
  • “Redemption through Conversion: Rereading the Lavater-Mendelssohn Controversy”. German Studies Association Conference, Kansas City, Missouri, Sep 2014
  • “Inverted Conversion by Goethe”. Tel Aviv University, May 2013
  • “Die politische Theologie des Bekehrungsdiskurses”. Hebrew University Jerusalem, Feb 2013
  • “The Notion of Conversion in Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre”. German Studies Association Conference, Milwaukee/Wisconsin, Oct 2012
  • “Repentance and Change of Heart in Barbara Honigmann’s Work”. International conference organized by the Rosenzweig Center, Jerusalem, Nov 2011