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Centre for the Study of Jewish Culture, Society and Politics

Research and Impact

The Centre's staff are active in a range of cutting edge research with wider societal impact.

Dr Ilan Zvi Baron

In his activities with Limmud, New London Synagogue (London), and Liberal Judaism, Dr Baron has contributed to the shaping of debate about Israel among Diaspora Jewish communities. He has been a visiting assistant professor at the University of British Columbia, and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, as well as being a recipient of a visiting fellowship grant from the Council for British Reserach in the Levant. His work has been cited by the Jewish People Policy Institute in their report "Jewish Values and Israel's Use of Force in Armed Conflict."

His underpining research includes single authored monographs, book chapters and and journal articles:

Baron, Ilan Zvi (Forthcoming). Reflexivity, Critique, and the Jewish Diaspora. In Reflexivity and International Relations: Positionality, Critique, and Practice. Amoureux, Jack L. Steele, Brent J. London: Routledge.

Baron, Ilan Zvi (2015). Obligation in Exile: The Jewish Diaspora, Israel and Critique. Edinburgh University Press; Oxford University Press.

Baron, Ilan Zvi (2014). Diasporic Security and Jewish Identity. Modern Jewish Studies13(2): 292-309.

Baron, Ilan Zvi (2014). The Jewish Question in the 21st Century: An Unanswered Question? Exploring the Jewish Question in Literature and Politics. Jewish Journal of Sociology56(1): 5-28.

Baron, Ilan Zvi. (2009). The Problem of Dual Loyalty.The Canadian Journal of Political Science42(4): 1025-1044.

Baron, Ilan Zvi. (2009). Justifying the Obligation to Die: War, Ethics, and Political Obligation with Illustrations from Zionism. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.

Professor Lucille Cairns

One of Professor Lucille Cairns’s two main areas of research (the other being in gender, sexuality and queer studies) is Franco-Jewish studies. She has been awarded grants to facilitate her work in the latter area by the British Academy in 2006 and in 2011. She has also undertaken public engagement activities and impact work with Spiro Ark, a London-based charitable body which organizes Jewish cultural events. Her publications in the field are listed below.

Cairns, Lucille (2015). Francophone Jewish Writers: Imagining Israel. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press

Cairns, Lucille (2015). ‘Jewish Children’s Homes in Post-Holocaust France. Personal Témoignages’, in Sean Hand and Steven T. Katz (eds), Post-Holocaust France and the Jews, 1945-1955. New York and London: New York University Press, pp. 139-55

Cairns, Lucille (2014).‘Righteous Realism Versus Postmodern Play: The Israeli–Palestinian Conflict in Female-Authored French Fiction’, Modern and Contemporary France22 (1):71-84

Cairns, Lucille (2013). ‘Vichy, Jews, Enfants cachés : French Women Writers Look Back’, in Amaleena Damlé and Gill Rye (eds), Women's Writing in Twenty-First-Century France: Life as Literature. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, pp. 47-59

Cairns, Lucille (2013). ‘Une année si ordinaire (2004) d’Esther Orner’, Continuum: Revue des Écrivains Israéliens de Langue Française 10: 54-62

Cairns, Lucille (2013). ‘Introduction’, ‘Jewish Identities in Contemporary Europe’, Jewish Culture and History 14 (2-3): 65-67 (co-authored with Andrea Reiter)

Cairns, Lucille (2011). Post-War Jewish Women’s Writing in French. Oxford: Legenda.

Cairns, Lucille (2011). ‘Lieux de mémoire juive: Francine Christophe's Après les camps, la vie and Marceline Loridan-Ivens's La Petite Prairie aux bouleaux, L’Esprit créateur 51 (1) : 139-153

Cairns, Lucille (2011). ‘La Shoah et ses séquelles psycho-mémorielles’, Continuum : Revue des Écrivains Israéliens de Langue Française 8: 88-93

Cairns, Lucille (2010). ‘La Mémoire de la Shoah’: the Contentious Case of Soazig Aaron’s Le Non de Klara, French Studies LXIV (4): 438-450

Cairns, Lucille (2009). ‘Hyphenated Identity: Tunisian-French-Jewish-Female Writers’, CELAAN [Revue du Centre d’Etudes des Littératures et des Arts d’Afrique]) 7 (1&2): 58-69

Cairns, Lucille (2008). ‘Post-War Jewish Women’s Writing in French’, Women in French Studies 16: 24-38

Dr Kay Schiller

Kay Schiller is a cultural historian of 20th-century Germany. In 2010-11 he was a Senior Research Fellow at Humboldt University in Berlin and during 2012-13 DAAD Visiting Professor in Contemporary History at Technical University Dresden. He has published widely on German-Jewish refugee scholars during National Socialism. He regularly teaches a final-year special subject on ethnic minorities in German history, with a focus on the experiences of German and European Jews from the Kaiserreich to the Holocaust. While his recent publications have been primarily concerned with the cultural history of sports, he maintains a profile as a historian of German-Jewish thought and culture at international workshops and conferences.

Schiller, Kay (2010). (Co-authored with Christopher Young) The 1972 Munich Olympics and the Making of Modern Germany, University of California Press, 348 pp.

Schiller, Kay (2008). 'Death at the Munich Olympics', in Alon Confino, Paul Betts & Dirk Schumann (eds.),Between Mass Death and Individual Loss. The Place of the Dead in Twentieth-Century Germany, Berghahn, pp. 129-50.

Schiller, Kay (2006). 'Historismuskrise und 'Dritter Humanismus': Werner Jaegers Beiträge zum Humanitätsdiskurs', in Gerald Hartung & Kay Schiller (eds.), Weltoffener Humanismus Philosophie, Geschichte und Literaturwissenschaft in der deutsch-jüdischen Emigration, transcript Verlag, pp. 71-89.

Schiller, Kay (2006). (Co-edited with Gerald Hartung) Weltoffener Humanismus. Philosophie, Geschichte und Literaturwissenschaft in der deutsch-jüdischen Emigration, transcript.

Schiller, Kay (2005). 'Paul Oskar Kristeller, Ernst Cassirer and the 'humanistic turn' in American emigration', in David Kettler & Gerhard Lauer (eds.), Exile, Science and Bildung: The Contested Legacies of German Emigre Intellectuals, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 125-138.

Schiller, Kay (2003). 'Made 'fit for America': the Renaissance historian Hans Baron in London exile 1936-1938', in Stefan Berger, Peter Lambert & Peter Schumann (eds.), Historikerdialoge.Geschichte, Mythos und Gedächtnis im deutsch-britischen kulturellen Austausch 1750-2000, Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, pp. 345-359.

Schiller, Kay (2000). Gelehrte Gegenwelten. Über humanistische Leitbilder im 20. Jahrhundert, Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag.

Schiller, Kay (2000). 'The refugee historian Hans Baron and the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning', Yearbook for German and Austrian Exile Studies 2, pp. 59-76.

Schiller, Kay (1998). 'Hans Baron's humanism', Storia della storiografia 34, pp. 51-99.

Schiller, Kay (1990). 'Dante and Kantorowicz: medieval history as art and autobiography', Annali d'Italianistica 8, pp. 396-411.

Dr Yulia Egorova

Dr Egorova's research interests include the Anthropology of Jewish communities, the social aspects of science and biotechnology, and the relationship between science and religion. In recent years she completed an AHRC-funded project devoted to the Indian Jewish community of the Bene Ephraim of Andhra Pradesh, and a cluster of studies exploring the socio-cultural implications of population genetics with particular reference to South Asia. She is currently developing a new project on Jewish-Muslim relations in the UK. Dr Egorova's publications include:


2013 (with S. Perwez) The Jews of Andhra Pradesh: Contesting Caste and Religion in South India, New York: Oxford University Press.

2009 (paperback), 2006 (hardback): Jews and India: Perceptions and Image, London: Routledge.

2006 (with T. Parfitt) Genetics, Mass Media and Identity: A Case Study of the Genetic Research on the Lemba and the Bene-Israel, London: Routledge.

2007 (paperback), 2004 (hardback): (with T. Parfitt) Jews, Muslims and Mass Media: Mediating the ‘Other’,London: RoutledgeCurzon.

Articles/book chapters

2015 ‘Terrorists in the village? negotiating Jewish-Muslim relations in South Asia’, in S. Gilman ed., Jews, Christians, Muslims: Collaboration and Conflict in the Age of Diaspora, Hong Kong:Hong Kong University Press, pp.115-131.

2014 ‘DNA, Culture and Historical Evidence: Theorizing ‘Jewish genetics’, in N. Valman and L. Roth, eds., Routledge Companion to Contemporary Jewish Studies, London: Routledge, pp.353-365.

2013 ‘The Jews of India’, in A. Meddeb and B. Stora, eds., A History of Jewish-Muslim relations. From the Origins to the Present Day, Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 999-1002.

2012 ‘The Identity of the Bene Ephraim’, in E. Bruder and T. Parfitt, eds., African Zion: Studies in Black Judaism, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

2012 (with S. Perwez) ‘Old Memories, New Histories: Rediscovering the Past of Jewish Dalits,’ History and Anthropology, 23 (1): 1-15.

2012 (with S. Perwez) ‘Telugu Jews’, The South Asianist, 1 (1) : 7-16.

2010 ‘From Dalits to Bene Ephraim: Judaism in Andhra Pradesh,’ Religions of South Asia, 4 (1): 105-124.

2010 (with S. Perwez) ‘The Children of Ephraim: Being Jewish in Andhra Pradesh,’ Anthropology Today, 26 (6): 14-19.

2009 ‘The truth is in the genes? Jewish responses to DNA research,’ Culture and Religion, 10 (2): 159-175.

2007 ‘Describing the “Other”, Describing the “Self”: Jews, Hindu Reformers, and Indian Nationalists,’ in N. Katz et al. eds., Indo-Judaic Studies in the Twenty-First Century, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.