Yfaat Weiss – Political Sovereignty and Cultural Property: The Mount Scopus Enclave in Jerusalem

Event Date: 11 February 2015
German Historical Institute
17 Bloomsbury Square,
London WC1A 2NJ

European Leo Baeck Institute Lecture Series 2015-16

The Politics of Land. Archaeology, Architecture and City Planning in Israel

A lecture series organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, in cooperation with the German Historical Institute London.

This season’s theme intends to approach its broad subject via a spectrum of political, legal and cultural perspectives. We will examine more closely how the realities of ‘land’ or ‘territory’ impact on the daily lives of Israeli and foreign citizens living in the State of Israel, be they Israeli, Palestinian, Jewish, Muslim or Christian.

Lecture 3:

Professor Yfaat Weiss (The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel) – Political Sovereignty and Cultural Property: The Mount Scopus Enclave in Jerusalem

The UN Partition Plan for Palestine known as UN Resolution 181 envisioned Jerusalem as a Corpus Separatum, an international city open and accessible to believers of the three monotheistic religions. This did not materialize. While the city was divided as a result of the 1948 War, Mount Scopus in its northern part acquired an exceptional status. Until 1967 it existed as an enclave amid Jordanian territory, divided into a Jordanian and an Israeli part under UN control. This lecture will shed light on the fate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a contested space encapsulated and frozen in the midst of national conflict and armed struggle.

Yfaat Weiss is Professor of Jewish History at the Hebrew University of  Jerusalem. She is the Head of the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History. Her latest monograph in the field of spatial history is A Confiscated Memory: Wadi Salib and Haifa’s Lost Heritage (2011).

Welcome by Professor Andreas Gestrich (Director, German Historical Institute, London):


Introduction by Dr Daniel Wildmann (Director, Leo Baeck Institute):




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