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Dr Marc Volovici

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

Contact Details

Department of History, Classics and Archaeology
Birkbeck, University of London
26 Russell Square
London
WC1B 5DQ

Email: m.volovici@bbk.ac.uk

Profile

Marc joined Birkbeck in 2017 as a Pears Institute Early Career Fellow and, starting 2019, is a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the Department of History, Classics and Archaeology and the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism. His research interests lie in modern Jewish culture and politics, the history of Israel/Palestine, European intellectual history, antisemitism, and the Holocaust. He earned his PhD in 2017 from Princeton University’s Department of History. His book, German as a Jewish Problem: The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism, will be published in 2020 with Stanford University Press. The book investigates the German language’s critical role - both as a communicative vehicle and as an ideological marker - in the transformation of Jewish societies since the late 19th century. Marc served as an academic advisor for the exhibition "Jews, Money, Myth," staged at the Jewish Museum London in 2019, and he co-edited the exhibition catalogue. His next project explores the question of public self-criticism in modern Jewish politics.

Publications

Books

German as a Jewish Problem: The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism (Stanford University Press, Stanford Studies in Jewish History and Culture series, forthcoming, 2020)

Jews, Money, Myth, co-edited with Joanne Rosenthal (Jewish Museum London, 2019)

Journal Articles

“Leon Pinsker’s Autoemancipation! and the Emergence of German as a Language of Jewish Nationalism,” Central European History 50, no. 1 (2017), 34-58.

“The Contamination of Language: George Steiner and the Postwar Fate of German and Jewish Cultures”, in: Arndt Engelhardt and Susanne Zepp, eds., Sprache, Erkenntnis und Bedeutung: Deutsch in der jüdischen Wissenskultur (Leipziger Verlag, 2015), 265-80.