»DOCH DAS WOLLT IHR NICHT!« Altneuland, the sequel?

A panel as a thought experiment: What would happen if the unknown second volume of Theodor Herzl’s »Altneuland« suddenly appeared? What if scholars were to read it as an authentic, historical document? In his original novel, published in 1902, Herzl sketched his utopian vision for a Jewish social order in Palestine. Presumably drafted around 1925 by an unknown artist, the »ARETZ sketchbook« consists of some 60 pages filled with ink drawing and many notes for a never-finished graphic story. Read together, this newly discovered document seems to distort Herzl’s original propagandistic style and thereby overhauls the entire Zionist national narrative as it tends to be told today.


Sapir Hubermann is a Ph.D. candidate at the International Ph.D. Program in literature and cultural studies at Justus Liebig University in Gießen. Her research deals with visual archival material from the Middle East and the role it plays in media, film and other artistic productions. She also holds an M.A. in art theory and curatorial studies from Weissensee Art Academy in Berlin and works parallel to her research as an independent curator, cultural manager and art mediator at different institutions.

Dr. Ofri Ilany is a historian and a Polonsky postdoctoral fellow at the Van Leer Insitute in Jerusalem. His book titled »In Search of the Hebrew People: Bible and Nation in the German Enlightenment« was published by Indiana University Press and his column, »Under the Sun« is part of Haaretz’s weekly supplement. He currently teaches at both Tel Aviv University and at NYU Tel Aviv and is working on a book about the homosexual history of British Mandate Palestine.

Gabriel S Moses is a Leipzig-based scholar and media artist. His work has been showcased at Ars Electronica in Linz and Lenbachhaus in Munich, as well as at FILE FESTIVAL in Sao Paulo and transmediale Berlin. In 2014, his project titled Enhancement won first prize at the »Future Storytelling« contest at HKW Berlin. He is currently a DAAD scholar and is pursuing his Ph.D. in artistic research at the Bauhaus University in Weimar on the boundary of performance and digital-culture studies. Since 2018, he has been co-running the Tel Aviv Salon for Artistic Research.

Hadas Reshef was born in Israel in 1982 and currently lives in Berlin. She works as an independent artist, curator, producer of exhibitions and art events, journalist, and as an art teacher. In 2007, she concluded her Bachelor studies at the Hamidrasha School of Art in Israel and completed her Master’s in Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. Reshef is currently pursuing her Ph.D. titled »Modern preoccupations with Jewish art – Constructions and iconoclasm« at the Freie Universität in Berlin, supported by a scholarship granted by ELES.

Dr. Ofri Ilany, Gabriel S. Moses, Hadas Reshef

Sapir Huberman

© Adi Huberman

Sapir Huberman

© Tamar Adabi

Dr. Ofri Ilany

© Maral Samir Gurbanzadeh

Gabriel S. Moses

© Hadas Reshef

Hadas Reshef

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