The first meeting of the Jewish Studies Workshop will take place on Tuesday, August 30 from 4 to 5:30pm in 109 English Building.
EUGENE AVRUTIN (Assistant Professor, Department of History, Illinois) will discuss the project proposal for his next monograph, “Ritual Murder in a Russian Border Town.”
Professor Avrutin’s text has been posted online at the following address:
Eugene Avrutin is Assistant Professor of modern European Jewish history and Tobor family scholar in the Program of Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois. He is the author of Jews and the Imperial State: Identification Politics in Tsarist Russia (Cornell University Press, 2010). Avrutin has published articles on documentation practices; the concept of race; and religious toleration and neighborly coexistence in the East European borderlands. Together with Harriet Murav (Professor of Slavic Literatures at the University of Illinois) and Petersburg Judaica (a Jewish Studies institute affiliated with the European University in St. Petersburg), he edited Photographing the Jewish Nation: Pictures from S. An-sky’s Ethnographic Expeditions (Brandeis University Press, 2009), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award in the visual arts category. Most recently, he edited with Robert H. Greene (Professor of Russian history at the University of Montana) a critical edition of the memoirs of the educator and feminist Anna Vygodskaia (Northern Illinois University Press, 2012).