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Understanding the relationship between mother-tongue and father-land among German-Jewish thinkers of the XX century


National identities are, broadly speaking, built on the historical correspondence between homeland and language. Still, this combination does not apply to Diaspora communities and notably to Jews, whose identity along centuries was rooted in a displaced homeland and spread over distinct languages. How should the bond between homeland and language among German-Jewish thinkers of the XX century be conceptualized? Specifically, what is the exact relationship between mother-tongue and father-land and which role does the gender dimension play in this conceptual pair? How did historical events, such as the Shoah and the foundation of the state of Israel, reshape this relationship? With the aim of examining the bond between language, identities and exile, the HOME-LANG (acronym of the project) will build on my expertise in Jewish contemporary philosophy on the one hand, and on the skills in archival methodologies developed at the University Pompeu Fabra of Barcelona (UPF) on the other. The results of the project will boost my scholarly profile at the international level; they will consolidate UPF as an interdisciplinary hub for cutting-edge research on Diaspora and Jewish studies; finally, they will foster communication between scholars, practitioners and general public at the core of contemporary debates on migration, multiculturalism and the construction of a shared European identity.

Field of science

  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/philosophy/history of philosophy/contemporary philosophy
  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MSCA-IF-EF-ST - Standard EF


Placa De La Merce, 10-12
08002 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 160 932,48