The Making of Post-War Europe: The Case of Jewish Literature.

2 en 3 februari 2021

Panel: contemporary Jewish writing and identity politics in Europe

When they speak about Maroccans..

Second generation Holocaust survivors often take a strong ethical or moral stance in their professional life: choosing to be judges, lawyers or teachers. Jewish writers of that generation, take a strongly engaged position too vis-à-vis injustice or discrimination, but from the autonomous position of the artist. In this conversation, we will explore the best way to chart recent interventions of Arnon Grunberg (1971) in the public debate, on topics like #metoo and the refugee-crisis. In what sense are his strategies specific for literary authors? Identification seems to be one of the crucial strategies involved.

About the conference:

This conference aims to investigate the — not quite synchronous — pan-European postwar fascination for Jewish literature and the role it played in articulations of and promoting a shared political and cultural agenda. It aims to do so with papers that relate the widespread interest for Jewish writers and their work to patterns of cultural and political regeneration in postwar Europe.