Negative Space: The Jewish Niche in the Narrative of European Culture and History
October 6 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
Presented by Terenure Library
A presence of Jews in Europe is indicated at the time of the Roman conquest, and perhaps prior to this. Notwithstanding, there has been a tendency among generations of historians to compartmentalize European Jewish history and culture; recording it as a separate, parallel narrative contiguous to mainstream European historiography. This talk seeks to explore the nature and process of ‘othering’ Jewish history in a European context, and offers an overview of commonalities shared among European Jewish communities, while introducing aspects of Jewish history, culture and identity which are unique to certain European countries and regions, over the course of four centuries.
Dr Melanie Brown has lectured in the School of History and Humanities, Trinity College, Dublin for several years, and is a Senior Examiner at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. She was a recipient of the National Forum/USI Teaching Hero of the Year award (2021). Her main research interests include Irish Jewish history; identity politics in respect of ethnic and cultural minorities in Ireland; and the role of liturgical music in religious and cultural identity. She is a member of both the Dublin City Interfaith Forum and the Holocaust Education Trust of Ireland.