Ben-Gurion University Professor Mark H. Gelber presented a pair of lectures at Wellington’s Victoria University recently.

The lecture series was initiated by Dr. Monica Tempian from the School of Languages and Cultures at Victoria University and was proudly supported by the Embassy of Israel.

The first lecture was on “The Concept of World Literature and Translations Studies,” focuses on the scholarly publications of the American scholar David Damrosch (What is World Literature? 2003; How to Read World Literature, 2009).

The second lecture, titled “Multilingualism and Interculturality,” focused on two specific authors: Stefan Zweig and Franz Kafka.

Professor Mark H. Gelber’s visit was generously supported by the Goethe-Institute New Zealand and the Embassy of Israel in New Zealand.

Prof. Mark H. Gelber is Director of the Center for Austrian and German Studies at Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He has researched and published extensively on topics related to 20th century Jewish-German literature, literary anti-Semitism and the cultural legacy of central European Jewry.

His most recent publications include: Stefan Zweig -Jüdische Relationen. Studien zu Werk und Biographie (Stefan Zweig – Jewish Relationships. Studies to His Work and Biography, co-edited with Elisabeth Erdem and Klemens Renoldner, Würzburg: 2017); Jewish Aspects in Avant-Garde. Between Rebellion and Revelation (co-edited with Sami Sjoberg, Berlin: 2017).

In 2018, the Republic of Austria selected Mark Gelber to receive the Austrian Medal of Honor in Science and Art, First Class (Österreichisches Ehrenkreuz für Wissenschaft und Kunst, 1. Klasse).

Photo Courtesy of Dr Monica Tempian, with Prof. Mark Gelber and Israel Ambassador to New Zealand Ambassador Dr Itzhak Gerberg.

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