by Fritz Tangermann:
1. International conference:
To my own astonishment I learn that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is being discussed with a lot of political engagement during the »Christian-Jewish summer university« (July 2018) at the Berlin H(umboldt) U(niversity). How would these current questions fit into the context of »Jewish and Christian mysticism – common features and distinctions«?
Does that have to do with Martin Buber’s life work? Can we fertilize the dialogic principle – this essence of Buber’s thinking – for an international conference? Is the catalyst Buber with his unending trust in the Arab-Jewish dialogue an example even today, let alone a model or an appeal for political action?
What relevance can be assigned to the concept of prophety which is associated with the figure of Elijah? Christian, Jewish and Islamic tradition come into play as much as the overall reception of poetry and art. Why does Antal Doráti set Martin Buber’s late mystery play to music? Does music theatre reflect elements of geopolitical reality? A terrific field for the combination of music theatre and scholarship.
Musicology, theology, philosophy and the study of literature will dig into these questions; our leading scholars will be Paul Mendes-Flohr, Bernd Witte, Peter Schäfer, Jens Malte Fischer and Jürgen Maehder. Which additional fellow campaigners will they be inviting? With the new complete Buber edition at Bertelsmann/Random House being first presented within the scope of the conference, many important aspects of Buber’s thinking will be addressed under the watchful eye of a broader public. Modern exposition didactics might work miracles here!
All of that should be incorporated into the structure of the convention. Much stuff to think about!
2. Dominique Bourel
Buber is up-to-date and present in town! A public event organized by the Berlin ›Senatsverwaltung für Kultur and Europe‹ on October 16 really could be labled with such a phrase. The author of a comprehensive biography of Martin Buber addresses an assembly which gathered to undrape a commemorative plaque at Vopeliuspfad in Berlin-Zehlendorf. Incidentally I had met Dominique Bourel at a private encounter two days earlier. Vivid, approachable, full of stories and anecdotes about Buber, Scholem, Rosenzweig … no wonder, because Bourel had to deal with 50.000 letters and evaluate them in the biography.