Carsten L. Wilke

Religious Studies Program Director
Affiliated Faculty
Executive Committee Member

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Carsten Wilke's teaching at CEU covers Jewish history and culture from the Middle Ages to modernity, as well as other aspects of the interaction between religious cultures and communities in Europe and in the Mediterranean region.

His academic background combines a training in Jewish Studies, obtained at the University of Cologne and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, with a diploma in comparative Religious Studies from the École Pratique des Hautes Études of Paris. Before coming to CEU in 2009, he taught at the Universities of Heidelberg, Düsseldorf, and Brussels, and held research positions in France, Germany, Mexico, and the USA. Most of his publications are contributions to the intellectual and cultural history of European Jewry, with focus areas in medieval Jewish exegesis and mysticism, Jewish-Christian relations, Sephardi Jewry and early modern Iberian crypto-Judaism, and nineteenth century religious modernization.

Of the classes he has taught at CEU on a rotating basis, the following are offered in a seminar format:

  • Historiography: Themes in Its History and Approaches to Its Theory (co-taught with Daniel Ziemann)
  • Religious and Cultural Transfers across the Eastern Mediterranean (co-taught with Nadia Al-Bagdadi)
  • Scripture and Authority in Book Religions
  • Judaism and Christianity
  • Divine Love in Religious History
  • Problems and Paradigms in Jewish Studies
  • Medieval Jewish Civilization (co-taught with Hanna Zaremska)
  • Sephardic Jewry
  • Spinoza's Theological-Political Treatise (co-taught with Matthias Riedl)
  • Paths to Jewish Emancipation
  • Social History of European Jewry in a Comparative Perspective
  • Transnationalism and the Jews of the Nineteenth Century
  • Schisms and Divisions in Jewish History
  • Emergence of Zionism
  • Israel: Nation-Building and Society
  • Jewish Thought in the Twentieth Century
  • Jewish Cultural Heritage

In years of sufficient student interest, Carsten Wilke teaches advanced reading classes in Medieval Hebrew, Yiddish of various linguistic stages, and academic German. His teaching program has included an introductory field seminar "Excursions into Jewish History and Culture," taught off-campus on various Budapest sites related to ancient, medieval, modern and present-day Jewish life. 

Academic/Professional Experience and Achievements

  • Visiting Professor, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 2016
  • Research Member, Steinheim Institute for German Jewish History, Duisburg, 2006-2009
  • Research Fellow, Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 2008-2009
  • Visiting Professor, Free University of Brussels, 2008
  • Visiting Professor, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf, 2006-2007
  • Visiting Professor, College of Jewish Studies Heidelberg, 2005-2006

Grants, Research Fellowships, and Awards

  • CEU Outstanding Research Award 2016
  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Maimonides Centre for Advanced Studies - Jewish Scepticism, Hamburg, 2015-2016.
  • CEU Research Support Scheme, 2011
  • German Research Foundation, Bonn, 1995-1999, 2003, 2007, and 2008-2009
  • Mauricio Amado Foundation, Studio City CA, 2008-2009
  • French Jewish Book Award, Joint Jewish Social Fund (FSJU), Paris, 2008
  • The Ashkenazi Community of Mexico, Mexico City, 2002-2005
  • Holocaust Memorial Foundation, Paris, 2003-2004
  • Foundation for Science and Technology, Lisbon, 2001-2003
  • Foundation of French Judaism, Paris, 1990-1991 and 2001
  • Gerda Henkel Foundation, Düsseldorf, 1999-2000
  • Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan/Israel, 1998
  • Government of North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, 1988-1990
  • German Academic Exchange Service / The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1984-1985

CEU doctoral supervision:

  • Beyond the Waiting Room: Shifting Migration Strategies and the Displaced of the British Zone (1945-1950) / Imogen Bayley (current)
  • The Beast between Us. The Construction of Identity and Alterity through Animal Symbolism in Late Antique Jewish and Christian Tradition / Andor Kelenhegyi (2017)


PhD, Jewish Studies, University of Cologne, 1994 (summa cum laude)
Diploma, Religious Studies, École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris, 1994
MA, Jewish Studies/Romance Philology/Philosophy, University of Cologne, 1987

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