François Guesnet

François Guesnet received his PhD from Albert-Ludwigs-Universitat (Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany) with a thesis on Jewish communal structure and associations in 19th century Kingdom of Poland.

He held fellowships at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the University of Pennsylvania, UCL, and Oxford University. He was part of the team establishing the Simon-Dubnow-Institute for Jewish History and Culture in Leipzig and held a Visiting Professorship at the University of Potsdam.

Dr Guesnet’s current courses at UCL cover the history of Jews in Eastern Europe, European Jewish history in the early modern and modern period, and Jewish political culture. His ongoing research includes a project on Jewish intercession in Europe in a comparative perspective (18th and 19th centuries), a project on Jewish self-government in Poland from its inception until the present (in collaboration with colleagues from Poland, Israel, and North America), and a comparative project on anti-semitism in Eastern Central Europe after 1989.

François Guesnet will present a lecture entitled: From Community to Metropolis: The Jews of Warsaw, 1850-1880.

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