I am writing in search of panel participants for the 2014 AJS.
Building upon relatively recent works by Rebecca Kobrin, Jonathan Ray, and Alanna Cooper, I seek to convene a panel to explore sub-ethnicity as central component of Jewish identification and practice during the second-half of the twentieth century. I would hope for my co-panelists to offer analyses of Jews and Jewish communities in different geographic locations, in order for our subsequent discussion to address the phenomenon from a transnational and comparative perspective. Studies focusing on the development, disappearance, and persistence of sub-ethnic communities across generations and their synchronic articulation in multiple locations are most welcome. My own contribution will be a discussion of the multiple diasporic attachments of “Czech-Jewish activists” in New York City from 1933 to 1994 and their relationship to nostalgic practices, in the context of rising discourses of Holocaust memory and mainstream American political Zionism.
If you are interested in joining my panel, please email me with a short proposal. Please also feel free to offer any suggestions or to ask for further information. I consider this a work in progress.
Jacob Ari Labendz
Doctoral Candidate, PhD expected August 2014
Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis
Jacob Ari Labendz
Doctoral Candidate, Degree Expected August 2015
Department of History, Washington University in St. Louis Email: email@example.com
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