Contemporary Jewish Studies | Primo: Stage Reading from If This is a Man by Primo Levi
date: September 13, 2017
location: The Continuum Theater
Jan Rybak
European University Institute

Jan Rybak is a Researcher at the Department of History and Civilisation, working on Zionism and its role in the construction of a modern Jewish-national identity during Europe’s crisis 1914–1923. He is particularly focusing on the transitional period from Empire to ‘nation state’ and this process’s implication for the Jewish population in Central/Eastern Europe. Rybak holds a B.A. in History from the University of Salzburg and finished his M.A. at the same university, writing his thesis on the split within the socialist-Zionist movement Poale Zion in the context of the European Revolution and the Balfour Declaration 1917–1921. He also studied at the School of Oriental and African Studies (London) and Tel Aviv University. He has worked as a student assistant and participated in two research projects at the University of Salzburg: on Antisemitism and Islamophobia in the context of the protests against the 2014 Gaza war, and on popular reactions to the outbreak of World War One in the region of Salzburg. At the EUI, he is co-organising the interdisciplinary ‘Nationalism Working Group’. He is currently an external lecturer at the University of Salzburg’s Department of History and Centre for Jewish Cultural Studies.Before starting his studies he worked for five years as a social worker, supporting persons with mental and multiple disabilities.