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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

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, Department of Media and Culture Studies, 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
Jewish Emancipation Reimagined Jews in Modern Europe Semianr — 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 Modern Jewish History and CES Faculty Affiliate & Seminar Chair, Harvsrd 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 - 5:30pm
  • 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 Modern Jewish History & Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University
Ghetto: The History of a Word Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — 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 Scinces
  • Chair Derek J. Penslar – William Lee Frost Professor of Modern Jewish History & CES Resident Faculty and Seminar Co-chair, Harvard University
Tehran Children: On the Trail of WWII Refugees in Central Asia and the Middle East Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — 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 Modern Jewish History & Resident Faculty, CES, Harvard University
Empire of Uncertainty: Interwar Jewish Politics and British Imperialism in the Age of Nationalism Jews in Modern Europe Seminar — 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
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