Matthias Springborn

From November 2018 on, Matthias Springborn is an associated researcher of the GEI within the project “Migration and Education in Germany since 1945” in which he worked as a research fellow till then since July 2015. Within the project he is working on his doctoral thesis, affiliated to the University of Potsdam, on the history of Jewish youth education within the borders of today's Federal Republic of Germany since 1945. Supervisors of the dissertation are the professors Thomas Brechenmacher and Micha Brumlik.

Springborn studied history and German philology at the Georg August University in Göttingen from 2008 to 2015. His master’s thesis examined a philosophical-ethical oriented Jewish youth movement in Czernowitz in the years 1919-23. The thesis was published in a shortened version in 2017 by the publishing house Ralf Liebe as the main contribution for the Rose Ausländer Society's year book. During his studies he chose to focus on the themes of German-Jewish history and exodus, displacement and migration.

From December 2014 to February 2015 he completed a work placement in the archive of the German-speaking Jewry Heritage Museum in Tefen, Israel.

From 2011 to 2013 Matthias Springborn worked as a student assistant in the course for German Philology in Göttingen, primarily involved in literary, biographical and genealogical research in a project examining the correspondence of the German-Jewish philosopher, social critic, and opponent of anti-Semitism, Constantin Brunner (1862-1937). This was a collaborative project with the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center in Jerusalem and resulted in the publication "Constantin Brunner. Ausgewählte Briefe 1884-1937“ (2012) by the Wallstein-Verlag.

Fellowships

  • Board member of the Constantin Brunner Foundation in Hamburg since 2013
  • Board member of the International Constantin Brunner Institute (The Hague) since 2014: www.constantinbrunner.net 
  • Gegen Vergessen – Für Demokratie e.V.
  • Deutsch-Israelische Gesellschaft e.V.

Projects

Publications

  • Evaluation jüdischen Kinderwissens. Jacob Oppenheimers Befragung jüdischer Schülerinnen und Schüler in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 1962–1963, in: Zloch, Stephanie; Müller, Lars; Lässig, Simone (Eds.): Wissen in Bewegung. Migration und globale Verflechtungen in der Zeitgeschichte seit 1945. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, p. 373–404.
  • Oral History in der zeithistorischen Bildungsmedienforschung – Anwendung, Intersubjektivität und kommunizierte Erinnerung, in: Rath, Imke (Ed.): Methoden und Theorien der Bildungsmedien‐ und Bildungsforschung. Ein Werkstattbericht von Nachwuchswissenschaftlerinnen und ‐wissenschaftlern des Georg‐Eckert‐Instituts. (Eckert. Dossiers, 14), 2017, p. 24–34, online under http://repository.gei.de/bitstream/handle/11428/233/ED14_Rath_Methoden.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y#page=27
  • Das "Ethische Seminar" des Lehrers Friedrich Kettner im Czernowitz der Jahre 1919-23, in: Jahrbuch 2015, Weilerswist 2017, p. 7–102 (Schriftenreihe der Rose-Ausländer-Gesellschaft e.V., 23)
  • Das literarische Vermächtnis jüdischer DPs: Eine Doppelrezension., collective review, in: Medaon – Magazin für jüdisches Leben in Forschung und Bildung, 10 (2016), 19, p. 1–7, online under http://www.medaon.de/pdf/Medaon_19_Springborn.pdf

Talks

  • „Natürlich nicht in deutscher Sprache". Der durch zugewanderte Kinder und Jugendliche aus der ehemaligen Sowjetunion verursachte Wandel von Wissensvermittlung in jüdischen Ferienlagern in der Bundesrepublik zu Beginn der 1990er Jahre (May 3, 2018), part of the panel: Migration und Wissenszirkulation im europäischen Transformationsprozess seit 1989. Conference: Dynamiken des Wissens. Historische Perspektiven auf das Verhältnis von Wissen und Migration vom 20. Jahrhundert bis zur Gegenwart, Berlin, May 2nd – 3rd, 2018.
  • Organizing Education and Knowledge in the DP Camps and the Newly Formed Jewish Communities of Germany (Oct. 7, 2017), part of the panel: Kinship, Knowledge, and Migration (2): Knowledge across Borders: Children as Learners, Producers, and Translators of Knowledge in Central Europe in the 20th Century (sponsored by the German Historical Institute Washington DC) at the 41st Annual Conference of the German Studies Association in Atlanta, Georgia/USA, October 5th – 8th, 2017