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Event Series

Jews in Modern Europe Seminar


This seminar welcomes presentations on work in progress in the history, politics, society, and culture of modern European Jewry. Its purview reaches from early modernity to the present, and it welcomes presentations with a comparative, transnational, and international orientation as well as a specific national focus.

Note: This seminar was formerly known as the Jews in Modern Europe Study Group. For details and past events see here.

Seminar Events Calendar

CANCELLED - Empire of Uncertainty: Interwar Jewish Politics and British Imperialism in the Age of Nationalism Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — CANCELLED - Empire of Uncertainty: Interwar Jewish Politics and British Imperialism in the Age of Nationalism
April 23, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Elizabeth Imber – Assistant Professor of History and the Michael and Lisa Leffell Chair in Modern Jewish History, Clark University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History & Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University
CANCELLED - Tehran Children: On the Trail of WWII Refugees in Central Asia and the Middle East Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — CANCELLED - Tehran Children: On the Trail of WWII Refugees in Central Asia and the Middle East
April 1, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Mikhal Dekel – Professor of English and Comparative Literature, City College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History & Resident Faculty $ Seminar Chair, CES, Harvard University
CANCELLED - Ghetto: The History of a Word Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — CANCELLED - Ghetto: The History of a Word
March 12, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Daniel B. Schwartz – Associate Professor of History, Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, The George Washington University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History & CES Resident Faculty and Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
The Bacterial Turn in Yiddish Literature: Two Case Studies Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — The Bacterial Turn in Yiddish Literature: Two Case Studies
February 20, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Sunny Yudkoff – Assistant Professor, Department of German, Nordic and Slavic, & the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
Jewish Emancipation Reimagined Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — Jewish Emancipation Reimagined
February 6, 2020
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • David Sorkin – Lucy G. Moses Professor of Modern Jewish History, Yale University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, CES Resident Faculty and Seminar Chair, Harvard University
Emigration from Paradise: Jewish Stories from Interwar Hungary Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — Emigration from Paradise: Jewish Stories from Interwar Hungary
November 21, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • llse Josepha Lazaroms – 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
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
A Premonition of the Shoah? R. A. Reiss’s Photographs of Monástir, 1917 Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — A Premonition of the Shoah? R. A. Reiss’s Photographs of Monástir, 1917
November 7, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Nicole Jordan – Associate Professor of History, University of Illinois at Chicago; CES Local Affiliate, Harvard University
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Jewish History, Harvard University; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
Diasporic Home-Making:  Jews in Paris and Berlin in the 20th Century Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — Diasporic Home-Making: Jews in Paris and Berlin in the 20th Century
October 24, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Leora Auslander – Professor of European Social History and the Arthur and Joann Rasmussen Professor in Western Civilization, The University of Chicago
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History & Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University
The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-1944 Jews in Modern Europe Seminar & European Union Seminar — The Survival of the Jews in France, 1940-1944
October 17, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
  • Jacques Sémelin – Professor in Modern History and Political Science, Science Po; Senior Researcher Emeritus, Center for International Studies (CERI-CNRS)
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History; CES Resident Faculty & Seminar Chair, Harvard University
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