Cosmopolitan Spaces in an Urban Context: A Case Study of Odessa, 1880-1925

Odessa

[RG # 163] Cosmopolitan Spaces in an Urban Context: A Case Study of Odessa, 1880-1925

March 1, 2020 – July 30, 2020

Organizers:

Mirja Lecke (Ruhr University--Bochum)
Efraim Sicher (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev) 

The research group offers a new interdisciplinary perspective on cosmopolitanism and urban spaces in Odessa. The group will explore the interstices and crossovers as well as demarcations between Jewish, Russian, and Ukrainian culture in the period 1880-1925, using Odessa as a case study. We will employ the notion of cosmopolitanism as a critical tool for understanding the concrete spatial processes of cultural production and identity negotiation in an urban context. Odessa was mythologized as unique, but may also be a model case for studying other cities with large ethnic minorities in early twentieth-century Eastern Europe.

 

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Alexis Hofmeister

Alexis Hofmeister

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University of Basel

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Alexis Hofmeister studied East European History as well as Jewish Studies at the University of Cologne and the University College London (Dept. of Hebrew and Jewish Studies). In his PhD he dealt with Jewish sociability in the port-city of Odessa around 1900. The resulting study about Self-Organisation and Bourgeois Ideals. Jewish Sociability in Odessa around 1900 was printed in 2007 in German. Since 2013 he coordinates the research project »Imperial Subjects. Autobiographical Practices und Historical Change in the Romanov, Habsburg and Ottoman Empire (late 19th–early 20th century)« at the Department of History of Basel University. He writes a comparative study of Jewish autobiography in Eastern Europe.

 

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Mirja Lecke

Mirja Lecke

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Ruhr-University Bochum

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Mirja Lecke is a Prof. of slavic literature at Ruhr-University Bochum

Her research focuses on literary Odessa, Russian-Jewish and Polish-Jewish litraturees

2019-2020 Fellow: Cosmopolitan Spaces in an Urban Context: A Case Study of Odessa, 1880-1925

 

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Svetlana Natkovich

Svetlana Natkovich

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University of Haifa
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Svetlana Natkovich works in the Department of Jewish History at the Haifa University. Among her interests questions of Jewish modernization in the Eastern Europe, history of the early Zionism, questions of intersection between history and literature, and the history of Jewish literatures.

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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern

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Northwestern University

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Yohanan Petrovsky-Shtern (Ph.D., Brandeis University, 2001, Ph.D. Moscow University, 1988) is the Crown Family Professor of Jewish Studies and a Professor of Jewish History in History Department at Northwestern University. He teaches a variety of courses that include early modern and modern Jewish History; Jews in Poland and Russia; Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah; history and culture of Ukraine; and Slavic-Jewish Literatures. 

His research was supported by the DAAD Foundation, Rothschild Foundation, Fulbright, Davis Center at Harvard, Kosciuszko Foundation, the Memorial Foundation of Jewish Culture, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ukrainian Jewish Encounter, the Lady Davis Foundation and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Hebrew University, Jerusalem. For his teaching, Petrovsky-Shtern won a Northwestern University Distinguished Teaching Award.

He has been a visiting professor at the universities in Toronto, Paris, Kyiv, Lviv, Warsaw, Krakow, Munich, and Jerusalem. 

For his expertise, Petrovsky-Shtern has been appointed a Fulbright Specialist on Eastern Europe; a Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute; a Visiting Professor at the Free Ukrainian University in Munich, and an honorary doctor of the National University Kyiv Mohyla academy in Kyiv.

He has published more than a hundred articles and six books, including most recently The Golden-Age Shtetl: a New History of Jewish Life in East Europe that appeared in paperback with Princeton University Press, 2015.

He appeared with commentaries on the situation in Ukraine at Chicago Public Radio, Associated Press Radio, National Public Radio, and also on TV at ZiK, Al Jazeera, WTTW and CBS. 

In addition to his teaching and research, he is also an amateur artist whose conceptualist figurative artwork appeared in several museums including Spertus Museum Gallery in Chicago and Ukrainian Museum in New York.

At present YPS is working together with Dean Phillip Bell on a documentary history The Jews in the Early Modern World, 1450-1750 (Oxford University Press).

 

 

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Efraim Sicher

Efraim Sicher

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Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

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Prof. Efraim Sicher is an Israeli literary scholar. He obtained his PhD at Oxford University and now teaches at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Among other subjects, his specializations include modern Jewish culture and Holocaust literature. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including several works on the Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel. He edited the Penguin Classics edition of Babel's short story collection Red Cavalry.

 

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