Dr. Ilse Josepha Lazaroms

Dr. Ilse Josepha Lazaroms


Current position

2020: Lecturer, Graduate Gender Programme, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands



2010: PhD, Department of History and Civilisation, European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Against the Great: Joseph Roth (1894–1939) and the Dilemma of Jewish Anchorage (October)

2002: MA, Utrecht University, the Netherlands. Comparative Literature and Gender Studies. A Woman Like That: Death-Imagery and Subjectivity in the Poetry of Anne Sexton. Summa cum Laude


Awards & Honors

2020: Lighthouse Writers Workshop, first runner up for the creative nonfiction fellowship, Lit Fest 2020, Denver, CO (June 8–12, 2020)

2020: Tin House Winter Workshop in Creative Nonfiction, Fellowship for Single Parents, Newport, OR (February 7–10, 2020)

2018: Teaching Accolade from the Educational Advisory Committee Arts and Culture at Utrecht University for coordinating and teaching the course “Feminist Research Practice” at the Graduate Gender Programme, together with Dr. Magdalena Gorska

2015: Victor Adler State Prize for the History of Social Movements (Förderpreis) from the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research, and Economy and the VGA for The Grace of Misery: Joseph Roth and the Politics of Exile, 1919–1939

2014: Young Scholars Amsterdam Prize of the journal Zutot: Perspectives on Jewish Culture (Brill) for the essay “Marked by Violence: Hungarian Jewish Histories in the Wake of the White Terror, 1919–1922”


Previous positions

2019–2020: Kennedy Memorial Fellow & Visiting Scholar, Center for European Studies, Harvard University

2017–2019: Research Fellow in Jewish Studies, Martin Buber Chair of Jewish Religious Thought, Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany

2018: Lecturer, Graduate Gender Programme, Department of Media and Culture Studies, Utrecht University, the Netherlands

2018: Botstiber Fellow in Transatlantic Austrian and Central European Relationships, Institute of Advanced Study, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary (February until June)

2014–2016: Prins Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Jewish History, New York

2013–2014: Yad Hanadiv (Rothschild Foundation) Visiting Fellowship in Jewish Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

2013: Junior Fellowship, Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena, Germany

2011–2012: Postdoctoral Researcher, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

2011: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, the Rosenzweig Research Center, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

2006–2010: PhD Researcher in History & Civilization, the European University Institute, Florence, Italy (funded by the Dutch Research Council/NUFFIC)


Selected invited lectures

2018: Panelist, “Jewish Experiences in Eastern Europe, 1945–68.” Einstein Forum and the Centre for Contemporary History (ZZF), Postdam, Nov. 11–13 

2018: “Emigration from Paradise: New Approaches to Hungarian Jewish History.” Colloquium of the Martin Buber Chair, Goethe University, July 20–21

2018: “Realms of Authorship: On the Coexistence of Academic and Artistic Identities.” Institute for Advanced Study, CEU, Budapest, June 12      

2018: “Emigration from Paradise: Hungarian Jews between World War I and the Holocaust.” Fellows Seminar, Institute for Advanced Study, CEU, Budapest, May 2

2018: “As the Old Homeland Unravels: Hungarian Jewish Communities in the United States in the Wake of World War I.” New Perspectives on Central European and Transatlantic Migration, 1800-2000, Institute for Advanced Studies-CEU and the Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies, Central European University, Budapest, 8–10 March

2017: “Emigration from Paradise: Home, Fate, and Nation in Post-World War I Jewish Hungary.” Research seminar on East Central European Jewish History, Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Basel, Switzerland, 7 December

2017: “Jewish Railway Car Dwellers in Post-World War I Hungary: Citizenship and Uprootedness.” Colloquium, Historical Institute of the University of Bern, Switzerland, 6 December

2016: “Origins Revisited: The Lost Landscapes of Joseph Roth’s Eastern Europe.”Keynote lecture, The Knowledge Factor: Refugees in Central and Eastern Europe 1912–2001, Leibniz Graduate School at the Herder Institute for Historical Research on East Central Europe, Marburg, 8–9 December

2016: “Jewish Itineraries in Post-Trianon Hungary,” People(s) on the Move: Refugees and Immigration Regimes in Central and Eastern Europe during the 20th Century, Friedrich Schiller University, Jena, 9–10 June

2016: “Blown out of Empire: Hungarian Jewish Memory in Exile.” Empire, Socialism and Jews IV: The Interwar Years, Duke University, NC, 24–26 April

2016: “Emigration from Paradise? Hungarian Jewish Histories of Home 1880s – 1920s.” Duke-UNC, the North Carolina Jewish Studies Seminar, Raleigh, NC, 3 April

2014: “Hungarian Jews in the Wake of the Great War,” World War I: A Turning Point in the History of Antisemitism? International Workshop, Hebrew University, Jerusalem

2014: “Between Lamentation and Loyalty: The Hungarian Jewish Predicament in the Wake of the Great War.” Lecture series Das europäische Judentum und der Erste Weltkrieg. Politische, religiöse und literarische Antworten der jüdischen “Generation 1914”, Goethe Universität Frankfurt-am-Main

2014: “Post-Holocaust Narratives of Anti-Jewish Violence in Hungarian Jewish History.” Research Seminar, Yad Vashem, Jerusalem

2014: “Hotel Patriots or Permanent Strangers? Joseph Roth and the Literatures of Interwar Central Europe.” Jews on the Move: Particularist Universality in Modern Cosmopolitanist Thought, international conference, organised by the Leo Baeck Institute London, Queen Mary, University of London

2012: “‘At the Gates of Europe.’ Images of war in Joseph Roth’s Early Writings.” Colloquium “Reiterarmeen. Jewish Literatures of War 1914–1918.” Simon Dubnow Institute, Leipzig


Selected conferences & seminars

2018: Chair (invited), “Rosa Manus: A Transnational Life,” by Francesca de Haan, Transnational Biographies and Diaporas, Jewish Studies Program, CEU, Budapest, June 3–4

2016: “Facing A Troubled East: Hungarian Jews in America and the Long Great War, 1916–1924,” Research Seminar, Center for Jewish History, New York

2015: “The Imperial Void: Negotiating Jewish Life in the New Hungarian Borderlands,” panel on “Redeeming Societies: Agency and Social Change in Moments of Transition in Twentieth Century Eastern Europe,” 47th Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 19–22 November, Philadelphia

2015: Chair: “National Boundary-Making and the Dynamics of Belonging, Inclusion, and Exclusion in Hungary,” 47th Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES), 19–22 November, Philadelphia

2014: Organizer and panelist: “‘We are looking with confidence into the unknown future’: Orthodox Jews and the Border Provinces in Postwar Hungary.” Panel on “Violence, Virtue, and Vaterland: Hungarian Jewish Responses to the Long Great War,” 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), 15–17 December, Baltimore

2014: Discussant: ICRAR Seminars on “Antisemitism and Racism: Theory, Holocaust Studies and Post-Colonialism,” organized by Scott Ury. 46th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), 15–17 December, Baltimore

2014: “Voices from the Chasm: Central European Survivor-Writers and the Conceptualization of Jewish Life in Postwar Europe.” Jews and Gentiles in East-Central Europe in the Twentieth Century, Charles University, May, Prague

2013: “‘Swimming in the Danube’: Post-Traumatic Testimonies from Hungarian Jewry in the Wake of the White Terror.” Panel on “Anti-Jewish Violence at the End of The Great War: The Case of the Habsburg Lands,” 45th Annual Conference of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Boston

2013: “‘Revolutions of Thought and Sensibility’: Hungarian-speaking Jewry in the Age of Rupture, 1896–1923.” Colloquium of the Imre Kertész Kolleg, June

2013: “‘The Smell of Humans’: Central European Writers and the Jewish Literary Imagination in the Wake of Destruction.” Annual Conference of the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena Catastrophe and Utopia, June, Budapest

2013: “Jews at the Crossroads: Literary Responses to Anti-Jewish Violence in early post-World War I Hungary.” European-Jewish Literatures and World War I, International Conference of the Centre for Jewish Studies of the Karl-Franzens-University Graz and the Association for European-Jewish Literature Studies (AEJLS), June, Graz


Selected academic experience

2018: Book launch of Writing on Water by Judit Niran Frigyesi, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for Religious Studies and the Nationalism Studies Program, CEU, Budapest, June 6

2018: External committee member at two MA exams, History Department, CEU

2016: Public lecture: How They Lived: The Everyday Lives of Hungarian Jews, 1867–1940. Conversation with the author, András Koerner, together with Natalia Aleksiun, Ilse Lazaroms, and Howard Nathan Lupovitch. Center for Jewish History, New York, 8 February

2013: Conference organization: “Declines and Falls: Perspectives in European History and Historiography,” European Review of History anniversary conference, Central European University, Budapest

Ongoing: Peer review for Leo Baeck Institute Year Book,?European Review of History, The German Quarterly, Religions, the Austrian Science Fund, Purdue University Press, Berghahn Books.

Ongoing: Academic editor of book manuscripts for Central European University Press, Brill, Palgrave Macmillan, Amsterdam University Press.

Ongoing: Book reviews for The Hungarian Historical Review, East Central Europe, European Review of History, Itinerario, et al.

2007–2014: Senior editor: European Review of History/Revue Européenne d’histoire