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David Slucki joined the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and the School of Philosophical, Historical, and International Studies as an Early Career Development Fellow in July 2011. He previously held a position as a Senior Curator in Indigenous Cultures at Museum Victoria, where he worked on the redevelopment of the long-term exhibition at the Bunjilaka Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
He completed his PhD in History at Monash University in 2010, which explored the history of the Jewish Labor Bund after the Holocaust, and his book, The International Jewish Labor Bund after 1945: toward a global history, was released in early 2012 by Rutgers University Press.
He has received fellowships, scholarships, and grants from Monash University; Jacob Waks Cultural Centre, Melbourne; Center for Jewish History, New York; Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture at Leipzig University; and the Goldreich Family Institute for Yiddish Language, Literature, and Culture at Tel Aviv University.
David’s research focuses on Jewish life after the Holocaust, and the development of transnational networks of Holocaust survivors. His first book looks at the small group of Bundists that survived the Holocaust and sought to reestablish the Bund in the cities to which they migrated.
His new project focuses on the emergence of distinct Holocaust survivor communities in the 1940s and 1950s in different urban settings, and explores the ways in which these communities formed a diaspora, based on particular shared experiences and concerns. David is also currently working on a project that explores new directions in television representations of the Holocaust.
Areas of Research and Supervision
Modern Jewish history in Europe, Australia, and the Americas; the Holocaust and its aftermath; postwar Jewish migration; diaspora; memory; labour history; public history; Holocaust representation on film & television; Israeli-Arab Conflict; and museum studies.
The International Jewish Labor Bund after 1945: toward a global history, New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2012 (forthcoming).
Refereed Journal Articles
‘Here-ness, There-ness, and Everywhere-ness: the Jewish Labor Bund and the Question of Israel, 1944-1955,’Journal of Modern Jewish Studies 9, no. 3 (November 2010), 349-368.
‘The Bund Abroad in the Postwar Jewish World,’ Jewish Social Studies 16, no. 1 (2009): 111-144.
‘Theorizing Doikayt: towards a history of the Melbourne Bund’, Journal of the Australian Jewish Historical Society 19, no. 10 (2008): 259-268.
‘Roads Back from Despair (Review)’, The Saturday Age, 28 April 2012, http://www.theage.com.au/entertainment/books/roads-back-from-despair-20120427-1xpoj.html
‘Australia, Israel, and the Politics of Diaspora,’ The Conversation, 2 February 2012, https://theconversation.edu.au/australia-israel-and-the-politics-of-diaspora-4911