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Marcelo Dimentstein & Alejandro Dujovne: “A fragmented tradition: Jewish studies in Argentina”
February 1, 2011 @ 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm | Stevenson Fireside Lounge
Compared with other Jewish Communities in the diaspora, the Argentine Jewish community presents a remarkable paradox: Although it is the largest, most plural and probably the most highly institutionalized Jewish community in Latin America, it has lacked a tradition of academic Jewish studies. Taking this paradox as our point of departure, in this lecture we will explore the historical conditions that limited this development. The study of this question will allow us not only to approach the understanding of the current trends of Jewish studies in the country, but also to focus our attention on some cultural aspects of Argentine Jewish history.
Marcelo Dimentstein coordinates the JDC International Centre for Community Development (JDC-ICCD) based in Paris and Oxford. He has a degree in Social Anthropology from the University of Buenos Aires and is currently enrolled in a PhD program in History. He did research on various aspects of the Jewish Community in Argentina including the Jewish labor Bund and the urban history of the Jewish neighborhood in Buenos Aires. His dissertation is about the role of JDC in Europe between 1989 and 1999. Marcelo is a member and co-founder of the “Núcleo de Estudios Judios” (NEJ), a group of young researchers dedicated to Jewish Argentinean History.
Alejandro Dujovne holds a Ph.D. in social sciences (IDES-Universidad Nacional de General Sarmiento). He is a member of the research project “Written culture, printed word and intellectual field” at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, and founder and member of the Jewish Studies Area of IDES (NEJ). He is also member of the Board of Directors of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA). His doctoral dissertation examined the production and circulation of books in the Jewish community of Buenos Aires in the frame of a wider transnational geography of production and circulation of “Jewish books” between 1919 and 1979. His current research focuses on the social trajectories of five Jewish publishers who were key figures in the Argentine cultural modernization process between 1946 and 1970.