Mapping Jewish footprints in provincial Ireland, 1880-1922
Thursday, 25 November 2021 | 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm£5.00
This paper explores the lives of Jewish migrants in provincial Ireland and their attempts to establish livelihoods during a period when the Irish people looked to redress economic, cultural and political inequalities through nationalist activism. It highlights the delicate relationship between the entrepreneurial hopes of Jewish migrants and the challenges of settlement in new communities in which encounters of difference raised questions of identity and belonging.
Dr Trisha Oakley Kessler is a Research Associate at the Woolf Institute, Cambridge, where she works on a social-cultural history of Jews in the Irish economy. Her doctoral thesis from University College Dublin examined political and economic change in 1930s Ireland through the prism of three factories established in provincial Ireland by Jewish refugees. She has published several articles on Irish-Jewish encounters and is currently working on a monograph of her doctoral research.
Trisha supervises modern Irish history and British political history at Cambridge University and is a Co-Convenor of the Cambridge Modern Irish History Seminar.
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