Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena

Dr Ilse Lazaroms

Fellow Ilse Lazaroms

January 2013 - June 2013
Mail ilse.lazaroms(at)eui(dot)eu

From January 2013 until June 2013 Ilse Josepha Lazaroms was a fellow at the Imre Kertész Kolleg Jena. Prior to coming to Jena, she was a research associate at the History Department and Jewish Studies Program at Central European University, Budapest. In 2011, she was a fellow at the Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center for German-Jewish Literature and Cultural History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She received her PhD in History & Civilization in October 2010 from the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Her first book, The Grace of Misery: Joseph Roth and the Politics of Exile, 1919-1939, was published in Brill's Jewish Studies Series in November 2012. She is the senior associate editor of the European Review of History, and a regular contributor to the literary journal The Jewish Quarterly.

Research Project at the Kolleg

During her stay at the Imre Kertész Kolleg, Dr Lazaroms will work on her post-doctoral research project, entitled "Revolutions of Thought and Sensibility": Hungarian Jewry in the Years of Rupture, 1914-1923. It focuses on the fate of Hungarian-speaking Jewry during the times of World War I and the revolutions of 1918-1919, which led to intense violence against Jews and the flight of many Jewish intellectuals into exile, both literary and political. Based on a variety of sources-witness testimonies of the White Terror, community records and pamphlets, and literary material such as essays, journals, and novels-this project aims to critically analyse and re-tell the story of those crucial years of the "breakdown" of the assimilation contract between Hungarian-speaking Jewry and the state. During these years, literature became a main and for some the sole bearer of identity in an otherwise impossible situation of violence, geographical shrinkage (after Trianon), and nationalist consolidation. The project aims to analyse this period in Central European Jewish history by placing it in the greater context of modernization processes, nationalism, dissimilation, and (intellectual/geographical) dispersion both prior to and after the main years under consideration.

Main Areas of Research

  • comparative modern intellectual history of 20th century Central Europe
  • Jewish Studies, history and culture of German-speaking Jewry, Hungarian Jewry
  • Central European literary cultures


  • associated fellow at the History Department/Jewish Studies Program, Central European University, Budapest
  • senior associate editor of the European Review of History/Revue Européenne d'histoire (London: Routledge, six issues annually)


The Grace of Misery: Joseph Roth and the Politics of Exile, 1919–1939. Brill’s Series in Jewish Studies, Vol. 47. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012.

Edited Volumes

Lazaroms, Ilse Josepha and Emily R. Gioielli (eds.), special issue of the European Review of History, “The politics of contested narratives: biographical approaches to modern European history,” Vol. 19, No. 5 (Oct. 2012): 653–846.


“Arthur Schnitzler & the Three Graces: Aesthetic Self-Fashioning and Political Culture in Fin-de-Siècle Central Europe.” Under review at the Leo Baeck Year Book.

“Europa in den Klauen des Antichrist. Paris und Amsterdam in Roths Vision eines Kontinents in Aufruhr.” In Benjamin Biebuyck, Petra Campe, and Els Snick (eds.), Joseph Roth in den Niederlanden und Flandern - Rezeption und Übersetzung eines vielseitigen Oeuvres. Bielefeld: Aisthesis Verlag, 2013 (forthcoming).

“Prophecies of Unrest. Dispossession as a Catalyst for Belonging in Joseph Roth’s The Antichrist (1934).” In Stéphane Pesnel (ed.), Joseph Roth en exil à Paris (1933-1939). Paris: Éditions Klincksieck, 2013 (forthcoming).

“The double bind of self-narration: Joseph Roth, Jewish identity, and the undercurrents of European modernity.” European Review of History, special issue on “The politics of contested narratives: biographical approaches to modern European history,” Vol. 19, No. 5 (Oct. 2012): 693–710.

“The politics of contested narratives: biographical approaches to modern European history. Introduction” (with Emily R. Gioielli). European Review of History, Vol. 19, No. 5 (Oct. 2012): 653–8.

“Over the Ruins of Reason. Joseph Roth’s ‘Prophecies of Unrest’: on Historical Decline and European Civilization.” Online publication. Franz Rosenzweig Minerva Research Center, 2011.


Hungarian Borderlands. From the Habsburg Empire to the Axis Alliance, the Conference Warsaw Pact, and the European Union, by Frank N. Schubert (London & New York, Continuum, 2011), European Review of History (forthcoming)

“East Central Europe in the Twentieth Century. Roundtable on the State of the Art of Historical Studies.” Conference Report, with Mare van den Eeden, H-Soz-u-Kult Redaktion, Berlin, 25/07/2012.

Crisis, Revolution, and Russian Jews by Jonathan Frankel (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009), East Central Europe, Vol. 39, No. 1 (January 2012): 164–6.

Double Exile. Migrations of Jewish-Hungarian Professionals through Germany to the United States, 1919–1945, by Tibor Frank (Peter Lang: Wien, 2009), European Review of History, Vol. 18, No. 5/6 (December 2011): 884–6.

The Eve of Spain. Myths of Origins in the History of Christian, Muslim, and Jewish Conflict by Patricia E. Grieve (Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2009), European Review of History, Vol. 18, No. 2 (April 2011): 261–3.