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llse Josepha Lazaroms

German Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2019-2020


llse Josepha Lazaroms

Ilse Josepha Lazaroms is a writer, historian and literary scholar. Currently, she is a lecturer at the Graduate Gender Program at Utrecht University and a research fellow in Jewish studies at Goethe University Frankfurt. Her work, at the intersection of feminist studies, Jewish studies and modern Central European history, has appeared in many international journals. In 2015, her book The Grace of Misery: Joseph Roth and the Politics of Exile, 1918–1939 (Brill) was awarded the Victor Adler State Prize from the Austrian Ministry of Science and Education. Her current interests are Jewish displacements in 20th century Central Europe, explorations of home and belonging, feminist literary non-fiction, and the relationship between writing, motherhood and parenting.

At CES, Lazaroms will work on her forthcoming book, Emigration from Paradise: Home, Fate and Nation in Post-World War I Jewish Hungary (Stanford University Press Jewish History & Culture Series). The book deals with the ways in which the political turmoil of the early 1920s – revolutions and regime changes, violence and pogroms, nationalism and border changes – affected the lives of Jewish women, children and families in Hungary. It will also investigate how migration played out in the lives of those usually left on the sidelines of historical narratives.

Lazaroms holds a master’s degree in gender studies from Utrecht University and a Ph.D. in history and civilization from the European University Institute (EUI). She has held fellowships at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, the Center for Jewish History in New York, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Central European University (CEU). Her work has been supported by the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture and the Rothschild Foundation Hanadiv Europe. Lazaroms is the owner of Azarel Press and a regular contributor to the Dutch Review of Books. Her debut novel Vinter will appear in 2020 with Uitgeverij Cossee, and she is also finishing a manuscript of literary non-fiction about motherhood and parenting in academia.

This information is accurate for the time period that the visiting scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Lecturer, Graduate Gender Program, Utrecht University
  • Research Fellow in Jewish Studies, Martin Buber Chair, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • German Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar 2019-2020, CES, Harvard University

Research Project

Emigration from paradise: Home, fate and nation in post-World War I Jewish Hungary