UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


AHRC Grants PhD Fellowship for Dubno Project

9 June 2014


New AHRC Funded Project

Solomon Dubno and the Impact of Eastern European Jewish Learning on the German-Jewish Enlightenment

The AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP) has awarded a full research studentship for a project developed by Zuzanna Krzemien in cooperation with Dr Francois Guesnet.

Zuzanna holds a degree in Jewish Civilizations from the Hochschule für Jüdische Studien in Heidelberg. For this research project, which will be co-supervised by Professor Ada Rapoport-Albert, Zuzanna will investigate the life and works of Solomon Dubno (1738-1813), a Polish Jew who was a leading contributor to two of the most prominent projects of the German Jewish Enlightenment, the Bible translation and the commentary (Hebr. bi'ur) by Moses Mendelssohn.

The project will investigate Dubno’s contribution to the revival of the Hebrew language and his influence on other authors of the Haskalah. It will be based on an analysis of unpublished materials, including Dubno’s essays, poetry and private correspondence. The project considers Solomon Dubno’s achievements as an example for the input of Eastern European authors on the early German-Jewish Haskalah, and hopes to shed new light on this underresearched aspect of a shared German and Eastern European tradition.

UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies at welcomes Zuzanna and looks forward to her future contributions, and wishes her success with this PhD project.

Caption: Title page of the published list of books in the library of Solomon Dubno [Reshimah mi-sefarim rabim ṿe-ashuvim, Amsterdam, 1814]