Dr Anke Költsch (doctor designatus)

Dr Anke Költsch (doctor designatus) joined the Knowledge in Transition department in January 2020 as a researcher in the project ‘Subjects for Democracy. Current Challenges and Opportunities in Democracy Education (DemoS)‘. She is responsible for carrying out quantitative and qualitative content analysis of textbooks for politics teaching, or the respective state equivalent.

Anke Költsch studied religious studies and eastern and south-eastern European history at Leipzig University and spent two semesters as an ERASMUS student at the University of Vienna. During her studies she received a scholarship from the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and worked as a student assistant at the Leibniz Institute for Jewish History and Culture – Simon Dubnow at Leipzig University. Between March and September 2008 she was the recipient of a Herzog-Ernst-Scholarship from the Fritz Thyssen Foundation for the university and research library Erfurt/Gotha. From October 2008 to September 2011 she took part in the post-graduate programme ‘Aufklärung – Religion – Wissen. Transformationen des Religiösen und des Rationalen in der Moderne’ (Reformation – Religion – Knowledge: Religious Transformation and Rationale in the Modern Age) run by the State Research Centre at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. As the recipient of a doctoral scholarship from the Gerda Henkel Foundation she was an associated doctoral student at the Bucerius Institute for Contemporary German History and Society at the University of Haifa, Israel from October 2011 to September 2012. Her Phd thesis on ‘Jewish converts in the early modern period’ was supervised by Prof. Andreas Gotzmann. Her thesis defence took place in July 2018 at Erfurt University.

Between January and March 2015 Anke Költsch worked as an academic coordinator for the DFG’s interdisciplinary postgraduate course ‘Religiöser Nonkonformismus und kulturelle Dynamik’ (Religious non-conformism and cultural dynamics) at Leipzig University. Following an intensive period working on her thesis she worked from January 2017 to March 2018 as a study group leader for the private tutoring company Studienkreis GmbH Bochum in Leipzig-Lößnig. Between April 2018 and January 2020 Anke Költsch worked as the academic project leader for the ESF project ‘Teaching (for) You - skills college for new students on teacher training courses' at the centre for teacher training and schools research (ZLS) at Leipzig University.

Selected Publications

Dissertation

Jüdische Konvertiten in der Frühen Neuzeit (Dissertation, Universität Erfurt 2018), publication pending.

Essays

‘Die Missionsbestrebungen Ernst des Frommen – ein Vorbild für Johann Heinrich Callenberg?’, in: Grit Schorch and Brigitte Klosterberg (eds.): Mission ohne Konversion? Studien zu Arbeit und Umfeld des Institutum Judaicum et Muhammedicum in Halle, Halle: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen, 2019, 33–54.

‘“Erfahrungsberichte“ jüdischer Konvertiten im akademischen Umfeld Mitteldeutschlands‘, in: Christian Soboth and Udo Sträter (eds.): ‘Aus Gottes Wort und eigener Erfahrung gezeiget‘ Erfahrung – Glauben, Erkennen und Handeln im Pietismus. Beiträge zum III. Internationalen Kongress für Pietismusforschung 2009, Halle: Verlag der Franckeschen Stiftungen, 2012, 767–780.

Review of: ‘Hertz, Deborah: Wie Juden Deutsche wurden. Die Welt jüdischer Konvertiten vom 17. bis zum 19. Jahrhundert’, Frankfurt/New York: Campus Verlag, 2010, in: Medaon.de - Magazin für jüdisches Leben in Forschung und Bildung (Issue 8, 2011).

‘Foundations, institutes, charities, and proselytes in the early modern Holy Roman Empire’, in: Jewish History 24.1 (2010), 87–104.

Review of: ‘Carl, Gesine: Zwischen zwei Welten? Übertritte von Juden zum Christentum im Spiegel von Konversionserzählungen des 17. und 18. Jahrhunderts’, Hannover: Wehrhahn Verlag, 2007, in: Sehepunkte - Rezensionsjournal für die Geschichtswissenschaften (Issue 4, 2009).

‘Jüdische Konvertiten an der Universität Leipzig in der Vormoderne’, in: Stephan Wendehorst (ed.): Bausteine einer jüdischen Geschichte der Universität Leipzig (Reihe: Leipziger Beiträge zur Jüdischen Geschichte und Kultur, Band IV), Leipzig: Leipziger Universitätsverlag, 2006, 427–450.

‘Die abenteuerliche Reise des Josua Abraham ben Eschel (Friedrich Albrecht Augusti)’, in: Schlossmuseum Schwarzburg (ed.): Juden in Schwarzburg, Bd.1: Beiträge zur Geschichte der Juden Schwarzburgs, Dresden: Sandstein Verlag, 2006, 109–117.

Lectures and courses

Winter 2019/20    Course: ‘Religion(swissenschaft) und Schule‘, ZLS and Religionswissenschaftliches Institut, Leipzig University

Summer 2019        Workshop: ‘Religionsfreiheit versus Schulgesetz’, with Wenke Krestin (MA), ZLS, Leipzig University

                              Course: ‘Religion und Gesellschaft im Klassenzimmer‘, ZLS, Leipzig University

Winter 2018/19     Workshop: ‘Islam und Gesellschaft im Klassenzimmer’, with Wenke Krestin (MA), ZLS, Leipzig University

Winter 2012/13      Course: ‘Konversionen von Juden zum Luthertum in der Frühen Neuzeit’, Religionswissenschaftliches Institut at Leipzig University

Event organisation

07/2009-01/2010    Work on the concept and catalogue for the exhibition ‘Leipziger Judentümer in Stadt und Universität‘ Leipzig University library 13.01. – 25.04.2010