"New Jerusalem, Down Under: The Search for a Jewish Homeland in Australia" with Prof. Adam Rovner

Past event

ARTS, HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCIENCES
Alumni Reception and Livingston Lecture


New Jerusalem, Down Under:

The Search for a Jewish Homeland in Australia


Presented by Prof. Adam Rovner,

Associate professor of English and Jewish Literature

Thursday, May 17, 2018
Davis Auditorium (Room 248), Sturm Hall
2000 E. Asbury Avenue, Denver, CO 80208

5:30 p.m. — AHSS alumni reception
6:45 p.m. — Presentation of the annual AHSS Alumni Achievement Awards
7:00 p.m. — Lecture, New Jerusalem, Down Under: The Search for a Jewish Homeland in Australia

Free. Hors d'oeuvres and open bar provided.

Register here or by calling 303-871-2425

Archives located on four continents reveal how poets, playwrights, journalists, civil servants, humanitarians, and social revolutionaries all worked to imagine the creation of a Jewish city-state "down under." In this talk, Professor Rovner details the cultural context and legacy of proposals to create mass settlements of Jewish refugees in Australia during the Nazi era. This little known chapter of intellectual history stems from a long tradition of Jewish Territorialism, a political ideology that merged the literary imagination with nationalist projects. For much of the 20th century, the question was not whether there should be a Jewish political entity, but where to put it. The abortive efforts to settle Jews in the Kimberley region and in southwestern Tasmania reveal the story behind plans to find a territorial solution to centuries of Jewish homelessness.

Adam Rovner is an associate professor of English and Jewish Literature at the University of Denver, where he has taught since 2008. His book, In the Shadow of Zion: Promised Lands Before Israel, was published to excellent reviews by NYU Press in December 2014. Rovner's academic articles and general interest journalism have appeared in numerous outlets in the U.S. and UK. His short documentary about the Jewish nationalist ideology known as Territorialism, No Land Without Heaven: Isaac Nachman Steinberg and the Freeland League, was screened at the Center for Jewish History (Manhattan), the Bibliotheque Medem (Paris), and the Israeli Center for Digital Art (Holon). To learn more about his work, please visit www.adamrovner.com