Andrea Schatz is a Lecturer in Jewish Studies at King’s College London. Her book on the Hebrew language in the eighteenth century, its religious and secular contexts and its renewal as a modern language of the Jewish nation in the diaspora was published in 2009 (in German). Currently, she is working on a research project that analyses how Jews used the Christian concept of the “Orient” when taking up issues of religion, culture and visibility in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Before coming to London, Andrea was a fellow in the Society of Fellows at Princeton University where she taught in the programmes of Judaic Studies and European Cultural Studies. In autumn 2009, she pursued her research at the Center for Advanced Judaic Studies within the framework of this year’s topic: Secularism and Its Discontents: Rethinking an Organizing Principle of Modern Jewish Life <http://www.cajs.upenn.edu/seminars/2009-fall.html>.