Bart Wallet appointed professor of Jewish studies

Wallet specializes in Jewish history, with a particular focus on modern and contemporary Dutch Jews. His research interests include modern Yiddish historiography, policies for integrating Jews into Dutch society, Jewish funeral culture, post-war reconstruction of the Dutch Jewish community, the place of Jewish religious rituals in societies. secularizing, and the use and transformation of the genres lukhot (Yiddish – Hebrew Almanacs), sidurim and makhzorim (prayer books).

As a professor of Jewish studies, Wallet will focus on the history of Amsterdam’s Jewish community in an international context. Since the beginning of the modern period, the Jewish community has played an important role in Amsterdam society. Amsterdam has also been a crossroads of transnational Jewish history for centuries. From the late 16th century, Jews from Spain, Portugal, and Central and Eastern Europe sought refuge in Amsterdam, and from the 17th century Jews from Amsterdam migrated to England, the Brazil, Suriname, the West Indies and North America to settle. By the 18th century Amsterdam had grown into the largest Jewish urban community in all of Europe. This gave Amsterdam a place of pride in the international Jewish world, which it retained until the 20th century. Since 1945, a decimated community has reshaped its Jewish identity in a rapidly changing international context. One of the focal points of Wallet’s teaching and research will be the historical development and current importance of Amsterdam as a “Jewish city”.

With the Bibliotheca Rosenthaliana, the Ets Haim / Livraria Montezinos, the Amsterdam Municipal Archives and the International Institute of Social History, Amsterdam has a rich collection of Jewish archives. These collections are an integral part of Wallet’s research.

About the Bart wallet

Wallet studied Hebrew, Aramaic and Jewish history and studies at UvA. In 2012 he obtained his doctorate with a thesis on modern Yiddish historiography in the north of the Netherlands. After his doctorate, he was Associate Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies at the Faculty of Evangelical Theology of Louvain until 2019, after teaching the history of Judaism at KU Leuven. In 2015 he was a Dorset Visiting Fellow at the Center for Hebrew and Jewish Studies in Oxford. Wallet has been working at UvA since 2016 as a lecturer in Middle Eastern, Hebrew and Jewish Studies. Since 2018, he has combined this post with roles of Assistant Professor of Political History at the VU University of Amsterdam and Director of the HDC Center for Religious History. He also teaches Jewish history at the Levisson Institute and at the “Crescas” Jewish Education Center.

Wallet is editor of the academic journals Trajecta: Religion, Culture, Society in the Netherlands, Studia Rosenthaliana and European Journal of Jewish Studies. He is a member of the Digital Forum of the European Association for Jewish Studies and of the advisory committee of the SION-DIGIT project, which brings together notarial deeds relating to Jews in Venice, Bordeaux and Amsterdam from 1500-1700. He also holds various advisory and advisory positions outside the university, including as a member of the academic council of the Israelite Seminary of the Netherlands and co-secretary of the Netherlands Society for Jewish Studies, and as a member. of the Committee for the History and Culture of Jews in the Netherlands.

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