The New Ethnic Studies in Latin America


The New Ethnic Studies in Latin America aims at going beyond and against much of Jewish Latin American historiography, situating Jewish-Latin Americans in the larger multi-ethnic context of their countries. Senior and junior scholars from various countries joined together to challenge commonly held assumptions, accepted ideas, and stable categories about ethnicity in Latin America in general and Jewish experiences on this continent in particular.

This volume brings to the discussions on Jewish life in Latin America less heard voices of women, non-affiliated Jews, and intellectuals. Community institutions are not at center stage, conflicts and tensions are brought to the fore, and a multitude of voices pushes aside images of homogeneity. Authors in this tome look at Jews’ multiple homelands: their country of birth, their country of residence, and their imagined homeland of Zion.
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Biographical Note

Raanan Rein, Ph.D. (1991), Tel Aviv University, is the Elias Sourasky Professor of Latin American and Spanish History and Vice President of Tel Aviv University. He is also the Head of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for International and Regional Studies. Rein is the author and editor of more than thirty books and well over a hundred articles in academic journals and book chapters, in several languages. He is a member of Argentina's National Academy of History, and former President of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association (LAJSA). The Argentine government awarded him the title of Commander in the Order of the Liberator San Martin for his contribution to Argentine culture. In 2016, he won the Reimar Lust Award.

Stefan Rinke, Ph.D. (1995), Dr. habil. (2003), Catholic University Eichstätt, is Professor of Latin American History at the Institute of Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin and was an Einstein Research Fellow 2013-2015. He is speaker of the German-Mexican Graduate School “Between Spaces” – a cooperative doctoral program with El Colegio de México, UNAM and CIESAS and co-speaker of the Collaborative Research Area “Governance in Areas of Limited Statehood”. Amongst his most recent publications In the Maelstrom of Catastrophe: Latin America and the First World War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2017, forthcoming). Rinke is member of the board of the journals Geschichte und Gesellschaft and Iberoamericana, and co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Early Modern History (

Nadia Zysman, Ph.D. ( 2013 ), Freie Universität, is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the International Research Training Group "Between Spaces" at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Freie Universität Berlin. The present article is part of her current research, which explores Jewish migration to Latin America in the twentieth century, focusing on the culture of remembrance, work patterns, and gender. Her doctoral work examined how Argentina’s military dictatorship was represented in the education system. The thesis was published in 2015 as De la ‘Subversión marxista’ al ‘terrorismo de Estado’: representaciones de la última dictadura militar en las narrativas históricas de la escuela media argentina (1983 – 2008) (Eduvim: Córdoba). She also studied history at Humboldt Universität and graduated with a degree in political science at Universidad de Buenos Aires.

Review Quotes

"This volume brings together an important series of chapters that pushes ethnic studies to greater complexity; therefore, this work is critical in laying the foundation for what Jeffrey Lesser has called the new architecture of ethnic studies in Latin America."-- Joel Horowitz, St. Bonaventure University, E.I.A.L. 28–2 (2017)

Table of contents

List of Contributors
Introduction, Raanan Rein, Stefan Rinke and Nadia Zysman
Remaking Ethnic Studies in the Age of Identities, Jeffery Lesser
Factory, Workshop, and Homework: A Spatial Dimension of Labor Flexibility among Jewish Migrants in the Early Stages of Industrialization in Buenos Aires, Nadia Zysman
Becoming Polacos: Landsmanshaftn and the Making of a Polish-Jewish Sub-ethnicity in Argentina, Mariusz Kałczewiak
Ethnicity and Federalism in Latin America: Rethinking the National Experience of Jews and Middle Eastern Descendants in Argentina, Mauricio Dimant
"For an Arab There Can Be Nothing Better Than Another Arab”: Nation, Ethnicity and Citizenship in Peronist Argentina, Ariel Noyjovich and Raanan Rein
Otherness in Convergence: Arabs, Jews, and the Formation of the Chilean Middle Sectors, 1930-1960, Claudia Stern
The Untold History: Voices of Non-affiliated Jews in Chile, 1940-1990, Valeria Navarro-Rosenblatt
The Other as a Mirror: Representation of Jews and Palestinians on Argentinian and Chilean Television Screens, Gabriela Jonas Aharoni
In the Land of Vitzliputzli: German-Speaking Jews in Latin America, Liliana Ruth Feierstein
Epilogue: The Centesimal Nisman, David M.K. Sheinin


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