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Biography

As an Anglo-German scholar, I devote my academic career to the study of the multilingual Jewish press in the European Diaspora and the Jewish contribution to European Thought. Having qualified at the Universities of Leipzig and Tubingen, I joined the academic staff at Queens University Belfast, before moving to my present chair at the University of Portsmouth in 2005. My qualifications enabled me to pioneer new research methods on how to use the tools of applied linguistics for the study of social change.

More specifically, I am interested in the cultural production of Russia Abroad during the first third of the twentieth century, including art publishing, Russian Orientalism and Muslim-Jewish interaction in Central Asia. My latest books “The Firebird as an Art Journal. Zhar ptitsa: Russia on Display in Berlin, 1921-26” (Vienna 2012; original in German) and “Migration and Creativity. Positioning and Ambiguity in the Oeuvre of the Russian-German Artist Georg Schlicht (1886-1964) (Bamberg 2021, co-authored with Ada Raev, original in German) are the result of extensive research on Berlin as the first capital of post-1917 Russian Emigration. The research was supported by the University of Bamberg, two British Academy Senior Research Fellowships, and two International Research Fellowships granted by Queen’s University of Belfast and the University of Heidelberg.

I am currently in the process of assembling a commented bibliography on the historical press of German Jewry during the period 1670-1943, with publication anticipated for 2025.

Within my research on the history of journalism, I am involved in a trinational collaboration (Germany, Austria, Switzerland), the outcome of which will be a Handbook of German-Jewish literature from the Enlightenment to the present. The focus of my own contributions is on language culture and the history of the interaction between Judaism and Journalism.

Sharing my research with a wider public has led me to contribute to various activities outside the academic sector. They include an exhibition project on “Yiddish Translation in Berlin during the Inter-war period” (2020-2021), and a DAF-project, in which I elaborated on methods on “Teaching and Learning with Immigrants” (2016-2017).

I am an honorary research associate of the Department for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the University College London, a fellow of the Cluster of Excellence "Asia and Europe in a Global Context", a trans- and interdisciplinary network of researchers at the new Institute for Advanced Studies at Heidelberg University (Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies) and the Centre of Migration, Diaspora and Exile at the University of Central Lancashire (MIDEX). Other affiliations include the British and Irish Association for Jewish Studies (BIAJS) and the European Association for Jewish Studies (EAJS).

Research Interests

Research Clusters

  • Cohabited Space.

Discipline Areas

  • Russian Cultural Production in Berlin, 1921-26.
  • The History of the Jewish Press in Central and Eastern Europe before the Second World War.
  • Russian Orientalism.
  • Heterotopic Sites in Central Asia.

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