Dr Laura Almagor
BA, MA (Utrecht University) PhD (European University Institute)
Lecturer in Twentieth Century European History
Laura is a historian of modern Jewish history, with a focus on Jewish politics and culture in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. She specializes 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.
Laura received her PhD from the European University Institute in Florence. Since then, she has 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, Laura was a Teaching Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science’s Department of International History.
As a historian of modern Jewish history, Laura is 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, Laura has 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.
Laura is currently finalizing her first monograph The Jewish Territorialist Movement: Beyond State and Exile, 1905-1960, to be published by The Littman Library of Jewish Civilization, Liverpool University Press. This book deals with the so-called Jewish Territorialists, who looked for places of settlement for Jews outside both Europe and Palestine. In this publication, Laura argues 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), Laura is also co-editing a volume on ‘Global Biographies’. This publication will present the consolidation of a workshop series dealing with methodological questions relating to biography in history writing.
The Jewish Territorialist Movement: Beyond State and Exile, 1905-1960 [forthcoming]
‘“A Highway to Battlegrounds”: Jewish Territorialism and the State of Israel, 1945-1965’, Journal of Israeli History 37, no. 2 (2019): 201-225.
‘Fitting the Zeitgeist: Jewish Territorialism and Geopolitics (1943-1960)’, Contemporary European History 27, no. 3 (August 2018): 351-369.
‘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, no. 1 (2017): 93-108.
Chapters in Edited Volumes
‘Tropical Territorialism: Displaced Persons, Colonialism, and the Freeland League in Suriname (1946-1948)’, in Maja Gildin Zuckerman and Jakob Egholm Feldt, eds., Jewish Cultural History: Boundaries, Experiences, and Sense-making (New York: Routledge 2020), 73-95.
‘Israel Zangwill on nationality and “The League of Damnations”’ in Karen Gram-Skjoldager and Haakon A. Ikonomou, eds., The League of Nations: Perspectives from the Present (Aarhus: Aarhus University Press, 2019), 90-101.
‘Stefan Vogt, Subalterne Positionierungen. Der deutsche Zionismus im Feld des Nationalismus in Deutschland 1890-1933’, Quest. Issues in Contemporary History 12 (December 2017).
‘Olga Litvak, Haskalah. The Romantic Movement in Judaism’, European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire 23, no. 1-2 (2016): 225-6.
‘Francesca Bregoli, Mediterranean Enlightenment: Livornese Jews, Tuscan Culture, and Eighteenth-Century Reform,’ European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire, 22, no. 6 (2015): 989-991.
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