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 Guest Lecture by Prof. Michael Topp on "Shifting Borders" 

Submitted by Dr. Stefan Schubert on Tue, 12/11/2018 - 16:41
18. Dec 15:00 - 17:00

Please join us for a guest lecture by Prof. Dr. Michael Topp on "Shifting Borders: The Impact of Geopolitical Transitions on Individuals' Movement and Identity" on December 18, 3-5pm, at GWZ 2.5.16 (Beethovenstr. 15).

Prof. Topp will talk about how to structure a narrative, in this instance one that is rooted in personal and familial history. Using shifting boundaries and geopolitical transitions as a frame, his talk will explore how Jewish populations (including the speaker's family members) were affected as national and other borders shifted during the two world wars, at the time and in future generations. Drawn from his larger project on Jewish identity in the post-Holocaust United States, his talk will pose this question: how do we take the chaotic raw material of life, of personal or family history, and craft a narrative frame that enables us to find broader meaning and significance?

Michael Topp is a professor of history at the University of Texas at El Paso. He specializes in racial, ethnic, and working-class history as well as in the history of social movements in the US. He is the author of Those Without a Country: The Political Culture of Italian American Syndicalists (2001) and The Sacco and Vanzetti Case: A Brief History with Documents (2005), as well as of numerous essays on, among others, nationalism, masculinity, immigrant historiography, and racial and ethnic identity.

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