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[Translate to Anglais:] Irish Nationalism’s Jewish Question: Between Philo-Semitism and Anti-Semitism

La Chaire de recherche du Canada en études allemandes et européennes, le Centre canadien d’études allemandes et européennes (CCEAE), le IRTG "Diversity", et les études juives à l’Université de Montréal, have the pleasure to invite you to the following conference of :
Aidan Beatty (postdoctoral researcher, Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and the School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University)

Abstract :

This paper focuses on three of the most canonical Irish nationalists of the nineteenth- and twentieth-centuries – Daniel O’Connell, Michael Davitt and Eamon de Valera – and the claims they made that the Irish nation was analogous to the Jewish nation.  In his recent work on Anti-Judaism, David Nirenberg has shown how abstract “figures of Judaism” have been used in large swathes of European political thought.  Such abstract “Jewish” figures, Nirenberg argues, have been utilised in debates over secular authority, the perils of capitalism, even modernity itself.  This paper argues that Irish nationalists engaged in a comparable Irish philo-semitism to think about Irish statelessness and about where Ireland fit into a broader white, European world, whilst attacking British rule as analogous to the worst excesses of violent anti-Semitism.

Biography :

Aidan Beatty holds a PhD in History from the University of Chicago. His dissertation was a comparative study of masculinity and whiteness in Zionism and Irish nationalism and won the Adele Dalsimer Distinguished Dissertations Prize of the American Conference of Irish Studies. His first book, based on this dissertation, is forthcoming from Palgrave-MacMillan. He is currently a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Azrieli Institute of Israel Studies and a Scholar-in-Residence at the School of Canadian Irish Studies, Concordia University.


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