I am a historian of France and its Jewish population in the nineteenth century. I am particularly interested in the ways the French used the Jews to articulate ideas of nationhood and belonging. In my work, I have proposed new ways of thinking about antisemitism: not as an eternal hatred, but as a way of thinking about whether Jews could be citizens, and, therefore, what constituted citizenship.
In my most recent monograph, Orientalizing the Jew: Religion, Culture and Empire in Nineteenth-Century France, I have written about how the French used Oriental Jews to ask these same questions, but also, what happens, when we insert Jews into Orientalism.
I like to branch out, too! I have written about South-African Jews in Australia in “Mansions in Maroubra,” and I have a new, collaborative project, called Absence in the Aftermath, about the effect on European societies of the non-return of Jews after the Second World War.
Eurovisions: Europe since World War II.
This unit takes the Eurovision Song Contest as a starting point, to explore the cultural, social and political history of post-war Europe. See our showcase of student-created web material from this unit.
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