Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989 – 1996
    Studied Eastern European history, Slavic studies and theatre, film and television studies in Cologne and Mainz, Germany, and Paris, France

  • 1993 – 1994
    German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) full-year scholarship to attend the Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris I) and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, France

  • 1996 – 2000
    Research associate in the Institute for Eastern European history at Mainz University; numerous months-long research trips to Russia

  • 2000 – 2001
    Research into objects and collaboration on the concept for the permanent exhibition at the Jüdisches Museum Berlin (Jewish Museum)

  • 2002 – 2006
    Research associate at the Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University

  • 2003
    Doctoral thesis on "New places – New people. Jewish ways of life in St. Petersburg and Moscow in the 19th century", University of Cologne

  • 2006 – 2007
    Visiting researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel (Yad Hanadiv Fellow)

  • 2007 – 2008
    Visiting researcher and Coordinator of the project "Peaceful relations between religions and modes of overcoming religious or denominational conflicts in Eastern Central Europe (16th-19th centuries)" at the Geisteswissenschaftliches Zentrum Geschichte and Kultur Ostmitteleuropas (GWZO – Humanities Centre for the History and Culture of Eastern Central Europe), Leipzig

  • Since 2008
    Head of the Emmy Noether research group "Ways of finding justice in ethnically and religiously mixed societies. Resources of experience in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and its successor states" at the Institute of Slavonic Studies at the University of Leipzig; work for the Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) "Competition and cooperation in religiously anchored legal systems in the early modern Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth. The case of Rzeszów"

Selected publications

  • Kleinmann, Y.: Neue Orte – neue Menschen. Jüdische Lebensformen in St. Petersburg und Moskau im 19. Jahrhundert. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006.

  • Kleinmann, Y. (ed.): Kommunikation durch symbolische Akte. Religiöse Heterogenität und politische Herrschaft in Polen-Litauen. Stuttgart: Steiner, 2010 (Forschungen zur Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Mitteleuropa, Vol. 35).

  • Kleinmann Y.: Jewish Society Beyond the Pale of Settlement. In: History of the Jews in Russia. Ed. by Israel Bartal, Vol. 2: Jews in Imperial Russia (Hebr./Russ.). Ed. by Ilya Lurie. Jerusalem (in press).

  • Kleinmann, Y.: Normsetzung, Narration und religiöse Symbolik. Privilegien als Grundlage der Religionspolitik auf dem frühneuzeitlichen Latifundium Rzeszów. In: Kommunikation durch symbolische Akte. Religiöse Heterogenität und politische Herrschaft in Polen-Litauen. Ed. by Yvonne Kleinmann. Stuttgart 2010. pp. 249-269.

  • Kleinmann, Y.: Wissenschaft imperial – Wissenschaft national. Entwurf einer Geschichte der Ethnographie im Russländischen Reich. In: Imperienvergleich. Beispiele und Ansätze aus osteuropäischer Perspektive. Festschrift for Andreas Kappeler. Ed. by Guido Hausmann and Angela Rustemeyer. Berlin 2009. pp. 77-103.

  • Kleinmann, Y.: Jüdische Eliten, polnische Traditionen, westliche Modelle und russische Herrschaft. Kulminationen in den Jahren 1804, 1844, 1869 und 1881. In: Aufsteigen und Obenbleiben in europäischen Gesellschaften des 19. Jahrhunderts. Akteure – Arenen – Aushandlungsprozesse. Ed. by Karsten Holste, Dietlind Hüchtker and Michael G. Müller. Berlin 2009. pp. 193-222.

  • Kleinmann, Y.: Ausländer? – Russen? – Sozialisten?. Jüdische Studenten aus dem östlichen Europa in Leipzig, 1880-1914. In: Bausteine einer jüdischen Geschichte der Universität Leipzig. Ed. by Stephan Wendehorst. Leipzig 2007. pp. 517-540.

  • Kleinmann, Y.: Zdanie kak religioznyj i politicheskij simvol. Predystorija Moskovskoj choral'noj sinagogi (1869 – 1906) [Ein Gebäude als religiöses und politisches Symbol. Die Vorgeschichte der Moskauer Choralsynagoge (1869 – 1906)]. In: 100 let. Moskovskaja choral'naja sinagoga. Ed. by Rashid Kaplanov, Aleksandr Lokshin et al. Moscow 2006. pp. 10-25.

  • Kleinmann, Y.: Blasphemie – wider den katholischen Glauben – Der Fall eines jüdischen Schankwirts in Polen 1726. In: Synchrone Welten. Zeitenräume jüdischer Geschichte. Ed. by Dan Diner. Göttingen 2005. pp. 37-66.

  • Kleinmann Y.: Von der russischen Akademie zur jüdischen Kunst – Laufbahnen jüdischer Künstler vor dem politischen und soziokulturellen Hintergrund des späten Zarenreichs und der frühen Sowjetunion. In: Auf den Spuren Marc Chagalls – Jüdische Künstler aus Russland und Polen mit ihrem Beitrag zur frühen Moderne (1910 bis 1925). Catalogue to the exhibition in the Kunst-Museum Ahlen, 7. December 2003 to 22. February 2004. Ed. by Kunstmuseum Ahlen. Ahlen 2004. pp. 154-163, 211-212.


Selected projects

  • "Ways of finding justice in ethnically and religiously mixed societies. Resources of experience in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and its successor states", since 2008

  • "Peaceful relations between religions and modes of overcoming religious or denominational conflicts in Eastern Central Europe (16th-19th centuries)", in cooperation with Prof. Michael G. Müller, Dr Martina Thomsen and Dr Dietlind Hüchtker, GWZO Leipzig, since 2008

  • "Communication through symbolic acts. Religious heterogeneity and political power in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth", 2006 – 2010, book project in cooperation with Polish, Ukrainian, American, Israeli and Germany scholars

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Verband der Osteuropahistoriker (Association of Historians of Eastern Europe)

  • Co-editor of the journal Werkstatt Geschichte (Workshop History)

Additional qualifications

  • Conference organisation

  • Outreach work

  • Project management

  • University teaching

  • Exhibition concepts/Museum


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Interdisciplinary collaborations, applied science


Soft Skills

  • Research community

  • International cooperation

  • Project management

  • Advising for undergraduate and graduate students


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