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Dr Marc Volovici

  • Overview



    Marc Volovici joined Birkbeck in 2017 as a Pears Institute Early Career Research Fellow and, since 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 (2020), investigates the multifaceted place of the German language in Jewish history and its impact on the formation of Jewish national movements. His next project explores the question of public self-criticism in modern Jewish politics.

    Marc served as an academic advisor and co-edited the exhibition catalogue for the award-winning exhibition ‘Jews, Money, Myth’, developed in collaboration with the Jewish Museum London, which ran at the Museum in 2019.



    • PhD, History, Princeton University, 2017

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  • Research


    Research interests

    • Nationalism
    • Modern Jewish history
    • Immigration
    • Antisemitism and racism
    • The Holocaust
    • Israel/Palestine

    Research overview

    Marc Volovici’s research interests lie in the modern history of Jews in Europe and Palestine/Israel, with particular interest in the interplay between religion, culture, and politics.

    His book, German as a Jewish Problem: The Language Politics of Jewish Nationalism, explores the differing, often conflicting, meanings and functions of German in modern Jewish history. It argues that it is impossible to understand the histories of modern Hebrew and Yiddish without situating them in relation to German and its pivotal roles as a communicative vehicle and as an ideological marker. 

    His current research explores the impact of antisemitic propaganda on Jewish political activism and thought since the late nineteenth century. Marc studies a range of Jewish political activists and intellectuals in Central and Eastern Europe and examines how they navigated between, on the one hand, the need to engage in critical debate with competing Jewish political movements, and, on the other hand, the wish to prevent the instrumentalization of Jewish political quarrels by antisemitic agitators.

    Marc is co-editing, with David Feldman, the volume ‘Antisemitism, Islamophobia, and the Politics of Definition’ which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2022. This volume brings together historians, sociologists, and philosophers to explore the political and theoretical differences that surface in attempts to define antisemitism, Islamophobia, and other forms of prejudice.

    Research clusters and groups

    • Difference, race and inequality
    • Mobility, migration
    • Global history and internationalism
    • Conflict and violence
  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    Teaching modules

    • The Modern World (SSHC411S4)
    • The Contemporary World (SSHC412S4)