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Dr Marc Volovici

Leverhulme Early Career Fellow

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



Marc Volovici 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 European history, Jewish history, Israel/Palestine, immigration, antisemitism, and the Holocaust. He received his PhD in 2017 from Princeton University. Marc's book, German as a Jewish Problem: The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism (Stanford University Press, 2020), investigates the multifaceted place of the German language in Jewish history and its impact on the formation of Jewish national movements. Marc served as an academic advisor for the award-winning exhibition "Jews, Money, Myth," staged at the Jewish Museum London in 2019, and co-edited the exhibition catalogue. His next project explores the question of public self-criticism in modern Jewish politics.



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

“Early Zionism and the German Language”, Germans and Jews in Eastern Europe: Aspects of a Historical Entanglement, Web Portal of the Bavarian State Library (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.