Uncertain Citizenship: Jewish belonging and the ethnic revolution in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1936-1946
16 May 2019
Stadscampus, Building R, room R.231 - Rodestraat 14 - 2000 ANTWERP (route: UAntwerpen, Stadscampus
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
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Instituut voor Joodse Studies
Lecture by Dr Sarah A. Cramsey (Tulane University)
About the lecture
The creation of the State of Israel is typically cast as a story that begins with Herzl and is brought to fulfillment by the Holocaust. Dr. Cramsey’s book Uncertain Citizenship: Jewish Belonging and the 'Ethnic Revolution' in Poland and Czechoslovakia, 1936-1946 considers the resolution of questions concerning Jewish political belonging and citizenship in Europe as the contingent result of transnational debates, diplomatic maneuverings, demographic pressures and policies on multiple levels across three decades.
By exploring conversations spanning this impactful thirty-year period, Cramsey shows how the process by which East Central Europeans 'solved' questions of Jewish citizenship offers a synecdoche for the history of the unprecedented nationalization of space in the region more generally. Arguably, the overall disentangling of populations in post-WWII East Central Europe demanded the simultaneous embrace of a Jewish homeland in Palestine as a territorial nationalist project.
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