UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


New publication: The Russian-Jewish Diaspora and European Culture, 1917-1937

25 April 2012


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Over a period of three years, the Hebrew and Jewish Studies Department at UCL has been cooperating in a research project devoted to 'Cultural Continuitiy in the Diaspora: Paris and Berlin in 1917-1937', based at the Department of European Studies and Modern Languages, University of Bath, and in cooperation with the Centre for European and International Studies at the University of Portsmouth. The project had been funded by the Leverhulme Trust Academic Collaboration-International Network scheme. Among the initiators of the project had been the late John D. Klier.

In several international workshops and conferences, the diasporic experience and cultural activitiy of Russian Jews in Western Europe in the period between the two world wars were discussed. Professor Michael Berkowitz, Dr François Guesnet, and Dr Jörg Schulte, as honorary research fellow of the Department were involved in these deliberations.

The most relevant perspectives of the project are now presented in the volume The Russian-Jewish Diaspora and European Culture, 1917-1937, edited by Jörg Schulte, Olga Tabachnikova, and Peter Wagstaff, as vol. 13 of the IJS Studies in Judaica, published by Brill Academic Publisher, Leiden. Contributions are presented in four sections, 'Russian Jewish Translators and Writers', 'Interpretations of Past and Present of Jewish Culture', 'New Sources on Russian Jewish Influences in Music, Art and Publishing', and 'Repositories of the Russian Jewish Diaspora'. Among the contributors are both established scholars as well as promising young colleagues from around the globe.

For more information and ordering the volume, please go to the website of the publisher: