Zionist Alternatives to a (Jewish) Nation-State, a lecture by Dimitri Shumsky
Thu, April 26, 2012 • 7:00 PM • Texas Hillel
Dr. Dimitry Shumsky speaks in honor of Israeli Independence Day.
Dr. Dimitry Shumsky is a lecturer in Israel Studies and modern nationalism at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. His research interests include socio-cultural, intellectual, and political history of modern nationalism; and Zionism and Israeli society, with particular emphasis placed upon the transfer of cultural concepts, ideological frames, and patterns of political thought from the multiethnic regions of Central and Eastern Europe to Ottoman and Mandatory Palestine, as well as to the State of Israel. A major focus of his studies is the post-imperial cultural and ideological legacies within the Jewish nationalism(s) in the aftermath of the Habsburg, Tsarist, and Soviet Empires collapses, and the place and impact of these legacies in the forging of Jewish nationalisms’ perceptions on citizenship, ethnicity, nationhood, and minority rights.
His Hebrew book entitled Between Prague and Jerusalem: Prague Zionism and the Idea of a Binational State in Palestine, which was published jointly by the Zalman Shazar Center and the Jerusalem Leo Baeck Institute in 2010, won the prestigious Hecht Prize in 2011 for the best monograph on the history of Zionism, the Jewish Yishuv, and the State of Israel. The German version of the book is to appear shortly from Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen. The University of Pennsylvania Press also accepted the book for publication a month ago. His most recent article, “Leon Pinsker and ‘Autoemancipation!’: A Reevaluation,” based on hitherto unexplored writings of a founder of Hibbath Zion movement, will appear in Jewish Social Studies 18, Fall 2012.