The Uprooted: Leon Roth, Richard Koebner and the circulation of knowledge between Britain and Mandatory Palestine

Arie Dubnov

Lecture by Professor Arie Dubnov (The George Washington University).


Arie M. Dubnov is an essayist and historian specializing in twentieth-century Jewish and Israeli history.  Among his works are the intellectual biography Isaiah Berlin: The Journey of a Jewish Liberal  (2012) and the co-edited volume Partitions: A Transnational History of Twentieth-century Territorial Separatism (2019). He teaches at the George Washington University, where he serves as the Max Ticktin Chair of Israel Studies, and held research fellowships at the Library of Congress, the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies, the Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin, and the Leibniz Institute of European History in Mainz. His current research project, "Dreamers of the Third Empire/Temple," explores the ties between Zionist and British imperial thinkers in the interwar years, revealing overlooked federalist political schemes for the region's future.

The event is part of the workshop Negotiating Refugee Identities.


1 July

11:00 - 12:00 Welcome and Lunch
12:15 - 14:00
  • Panel 1. Chair: Haakon A. Ikonomou
    Sebastian Vang-Jensen (University of Copenhagen)
    Occidental Sympathies: Unveiling the Role of Race in the League of Nations’ Anti-trafficking Efforts Addressing the Issue of the White Russian Refugees in Interwar China
  • Ismee Tames (NIOD / Utrecht University)
    Communities of care reflected in the Berlin Nansen Delegation's correspondence, 1920s-1930s.
14:15 - 16:00 Panel 2. Chair: Laura Almagor
  • Haakon A. Ikonomou (University of Copenhagen)
    The Wolfenbüttel encounter: negotiating a way home after the Second World War
  • Thomas G. Svaneborg (Børsen) /Brian Traantoft Rasmussen (Københavns Folkeuniversitet/ Aarhus University Press)
    Flugt [Escape]. A book about an overlooked Danish refugee history
  • Malika Shaakerimova (University of Bologna)
    The postwar refugee experience of the Soviet Central Asian displaced persons
16:30 - 17:30 Keynote (with reception)
Arie Dubnov (The George Washington University)
The Uprooted: Leon Roth, Richard Koebner and the circulation of knowledge between Britain and Mandatory Palestine.
19:00 Dinner

2 July

9:15 - 11:00 Panel 3. Chair: Ismee Tames
  • Tanya Harmer (London School of Economics)
    The Paradoxes of Paradise: Memories of Exile and Family Life in Revolutionary Cuba
  • Laura Almagor (Utrecht University)
    “Sick of the Civilized Nations”: Jewish Displaced Persons and Decolonization, 1943-1962
  • Chiara Renzo (University Ca' Foscari)
    Jewish migration from the MENA region to Italy during the decolonization
11:15 - 13:00 Panel 4. Chair: Haakon A. Ikonomou
  • Fionntán O’Hara (London School of Economics)
    Cold War, humanitarianism, Central America, UNHCR, 1980s
  • Arantxa Ortiz (Leiden University)
    Illegalization; infrastructures; identity technologies; documentation
  • Florian Wagner (Erfurt University)
    Negotiating Refugeeness in Postcolonial Germany: The Ambiguities of the Right to Return
13:00 - 14:00 Concluding remarks and lunch