Special Guest: Prof. Adam Rovner, Ph.D.
The Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
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"New Jerusalem, Down Under: The Search for a Jewish Homeland in Australian Pursuit of Jewish Liberation in the Age of Revolutions: Messianic Dreams and Political Realities"
In his talk, Adam Rovner (Associate Professor of English & Jewish Literature and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies, University of Denver) details the cultural context and legacy of proposals to create mass settlements of Jewish refugees in Australia during the Nazi era. Archives located on four continents reveal how poets, playwrights, journalists, and social revolutionaries all worked to imagine the creation of a Jewish city-state “down under.” This little known chapter of intellectual history stems from a long tradition of Jewish Territorialism, a political ideology that merged the literary imagination with nationalist projects. For much of the 20th century, the question was not whether there should be a Jewish political entity, but where to put it. The abortive efforts to settle Jews in the Kimberley region and in southwestern Tasmania dramatize the story of centuries of Jewish homelessness
Adam Rovner is Associate Professor of English and Jewish Literature and Director of the Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Denver, where he has taught since 2008. His acclaimed book, In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands before Israel, was published by NYU Press in December 2014. Adam’s academic articles and general interest journalism have appeared in numerous outlets in the US and UK.