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Sebastian Musch

Assoziiertes Mitglied/Kollegium Jüdische Studien

Universität Osnabrück, Institut für Migrationsforschung und Interkulturelle Studien (IMIS)

Sebastian Musch is a postdoctoral researcher at the History Department and the Institute for Migration Research and Intercultural Studies (IMIS) at the University of Osnabrück, Germany. He received his PhD from the Institute for Jewish Studies in Heidelberg in 2018 with a dissertation titled “Jewish Reactions to Buddhism in German Culture, 1890-1940.“ 

After studying Jewish Studies and Philosophy in Heidelberg and Milano, he earned his M.A. in 2012, and subsequently became a Visiting Lecturer for German Studies at Uva Wellassa Universität in Badulla, Sri Lanka. In 2013/14 he was a Visiting Research Student at the Department of Jewish History and Thought at the University of Haifa, Israel. In 2014-16 he was a member of the Posen Society of Fellows. During the academic year 2015/16 he was a visiting researcher at the History Department at UC Berkeley. In summer 2016 he was a fellow at the Jewish Studies Program at Dartmouth College. In spring 2018 he was a Clinton Silver Fellow for Jewish Migration at the Parkes Institute for Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton.  He is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including from the Posen Foundation, the AJS, the Feuchtwanger Memorial Library at the University of Southern California, the EDEN-Project (financed by the European Commission) and Deutsches Literaturarchiv Marbach.

His research focuses on German (intellectual) history, Jewish migration, German-Asian studies, and Jewish-Buddhist studies.He is currently writing a biography of the Yugoslavian-Israeli rabbi Hermann Helfgott-Zvi Asaria.



 Association for Jewish Studies (AJS)
 European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS)
 Berkeley-Tübingen-Wien-Harvard Research Network for German Modernity (BTWH)


*“Paul Cohen-Portheim: Questions of Nationalism, Messianism and Nostalgia in a Prison Camp in England, 1914-1918″, Intellectual History Review 28 (2018). *[with Bieke Willem] “Clarice Lispector on Jewishness after the Shoah. A Reading of Perdoando Deus”, Partial Answers – Journal of Literature and History of Ideas 16 (2018), 225-238. 

*“Linking the Jewish People to India: Friedrich Korn (1803-1850) and His Theory of Universal Revelation through Astrotheology”, PaRDeS 23 (2017), 41-54. 

*“The Atomic Priesthood and Nuclear Waste Management: Religion, Sci-Fi Literature and the End of Our Civilization”, Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 51 (2016), 626-639. “Buddhism and Social Conflict in the Age of Rational Modern Capitalism – A Weberian Reading of Early 20th-Century Euro-Buddhism”, Buddhism and World Crisis, Conference Proceedings – The 12th International Buddhist Conference on the United Nations Day of Vesak 2015/2558, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Thailand.

“Freud in Beirut: Mechanisms of Trauma in Waltz with Bashir”, www.alayafilm.com/freud-in-beirut/– Collection of papers presented at Harvard University’s Mahindra Center for the Humanities 2013 Graduate Student conference, “Imaging the Ineffable: Representation and Reality in Religion and Film” [Accessed 01/18/2015].

*“Humanistischer Glaube, Freiheit und Magie – Zur ideengeschichtlichen Funktion des Pico della Mirandola bei Ernst Cassirer”, Zeitschrift für Religions- und Geistesgeschichte, 66 (2014), 233-242. 

[Rezension] “Buber, Martin: Schriften zur Chinesischen Philosophie und Literatur”, polylog – Zeitschrift für interkulturelles Philosophieren, 32 (2014), 131-32. 

[Rezension] “Batnitzky, Leora: How Judaism Became a Religion. An Introduction to Modern Jewish Thought”, Journal of Religion in Europe, 7 (2014), 316-318. “Postcolonial Studies and developments in research on German-Jewish culture during the Wilhelmine era and the Weimar Republic”, Postcolonial Studies Newsletter 13 (2014), 23-24.