Dr Laura Almagor
BA, MA, PhD
Department of History
Lecturer in Twentieth Century European History
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I am a historian of modern Jewish history, with a focus on Jewish politics and culture in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I specialize in Jewish political movements and trajectories in Europe, North America and the Middle East, as well as in the place of political Jewry within a larger geopolitical context.
I received my PhD from the European University Institute in Florence in 2015. Since then, I have held fellowships at the Vienna Wiesenthal Institute for Holocaust Studies, the Center for Jewish History in New York City and the Central European University in Budapest. Before joining the University of Sheffield’s Department of History in June 2020, I was a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Department of International History.
- BA Language and Culture Studies (Utrecht University)
- MA History of International Relations (Utrecht University)
- PhD History and Civilization (European University Institute)
- Research interests
As a historian of modern Jewish history, I am particularly interested in the intersection of Jewish history and issues of migration, colonialism and postcolonialism, as well as various manifestations of nationalist and internationalist ideologies. Moreover, I have a growing interest in historiographical debates about the Holocaust, as well as in Yiddish and Yiddishism, the development of the scholarly field of Nationalism Studies, and post-1945 refugee issues.
My first monograph Beyond Zion: The Jewish Territorialist Movement, was published by The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization in 2022. This book deals with the Jewish Territorialists, who looked for places of settlement for Jews outside both Europe and Palestine. I argue that the Territorialist movement should be understood both as part of a larger narrative of Jewish political behaviour, and as a manifestation of larger geopolitical trends and discourses related to issues of migration, colonialism and population politics.
Together with Dr Haakon Ikonomou and Dr Gunvor Simonsen (Copenhagen University), I co-edited Global Biographies: Lived History as Method, published by Manchester University Press in 2022. I also co-lead the Global Biography Research Network GloBio: www.global.bio.
My current project focusses on the intersection between the post-1945 Jewish refugee crisis and the era of decolonisation.
- “A highway to battlegrounds”: Jewish territorialism and the State of Israel, 1945–1960. Journal of Israeli History, 37(2), 201-225.
- Fitting theZeitgeist: Jewish Territorialism and Geopolitics, 1934–1960. Contemporary European History, 27(3), 351-369.
- Jewish Territorialism (in Relation to Jewish Studies). Oxford Bibliographies in Jewish Studies.
- A Territory, but not a State: the Territorialists’ visions for a Jewish future after the Holocaust (1943-1960). S:I.M.O.N. – Shoah: Intervention. Methods, Documentation, 4(1), 93-108.
- Tropical Territorialism: Displaced Persons, Colonialism, and the Freeland League in Suriname (1946-1948) In Gildin Zuckerman M & Egholm Feldt J (Ed.), Jewish Cultural History: Boundaries, Experiences, and Sense-making (pp. 73-95). New York: Routledge.
- Israel Zangwill on nationality and “The League of Damnations” In Ikonomou HA & Gram-Skjoldager K (Ed.), The League of Nations: Perspectives from the Present (pp. 90-101). Aarhus: Aarhus University Press.
- Stefan Vogt, Subalterne Positionierungen. Der deutsche Zionismus im Feld des Nationalismus in Deutschland 1890-1933. Quest. Issues in Contemporary History.
- Haskalah. The Romantic movement in Judaism. European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire, 23(1-2), 225-226.
- Mediterranean Enlightenment: Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform. European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire, 22(6), 989-991.
- Surinaams ‘Freeland’ voor joden: een vergeten geschiedenis - Alexander Heldring, Het Saramacca Project. Een plan van joodse kolonisatie in Suriname (Verloren; Hilversum 2011) 348 p.,ill., tab., graf., €35,- ISBN 9789087042073. Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis, 124(3), 427-428.
- Research group
I am happy to supervise students interested in Jewish history, nationalism studies, migration studies, political ideologies, and biography. My main expertise lies in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries and focuses on Europe and transatlantic relations.
- Current students
- Teaching activities
- HST112 - Paths from Antiquity to Modernity
- HST31019 - The Holocaust
- HST6603 - Modernity and Power
- HST61024 - Nationalisms revisited: Jewish and Arab political ideologies, 1897-1948
- Professional activities
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