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Writing Jewish Women’s Lives in Central Europe: Theoretical and Methodological Challenges

Date: 05/16/2013

Time: 12:00 PM

Location: 135 Nicholson Hall

Cost: Free


The talk will cover theoretical and methodological issues related to researching and teaching for the occasion of publishing Jewish Intellectual Women in Central Europe 1860-2000: Twelve Biographical Essays (Mellen Press 2012). This collection of scholarly essays deals with female Jewish intellectuals throughout Europe from 1860 until 2000. Topics range from women in music, to pioneers of Zionism, to a woman who was instrumental in the Russian Revolution. These women forever changed European culture and politics, yet, despite their important contributions to many intellectual and artistic fields, most of them are unknown to English-speaking audiences. Most traveled around Europe and fled Europe during the time of the Nazi persecution. Their odysseys highlight the experiences of the marginal and those in exile. The collection offers a valuable contribution to 19th and 20th century women’s history, European intellectual history, Jewish studies, and Diaspora studies.

Andrea Petö is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gender Studies at Central European University in Budapest. Presently she is working on gendered memory of WWII and political extremisms.



  • Name: Laura Lechner
  • E-mail: jwst@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-624-4914
  • Sponsored by: German, Scandinavian & Dutch, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies, Jewish Studies, Austrian Studies, History, European Studies Consortium, Austrian Studies


Parking is available in the 19th Ave. ramp, or the 21st Ave. ramp

More information: http://www.jwst.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lechner, jwst@umn.edu, or 612-624.4914.

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