Performing the Jewish Archive

Partners and collaborators

University of York, University of Sydney, University of Winsonsin-Madison

Postgraduate students

Daniel Tooke, Richard Oakes


Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council

During the long 20th century, displacement has affected the musical, theatrical and literary output of Jewish artists in myriad ways. Many works are thought to have been lost or have, until recently, languished in obscurity.

‘Performing the Jewish Archive’ is motivated by a desire to recover and engage anew with these creative artefacts, and to stimulate the creation of new works to re-animate existing archival repositories. We aim to theorise and reconceptualise the Jewish archive as ‘co-textual’: all artefacts are components of a non-hierarchical, non-linear system that destabilises the relationship between past, present and future, origin and diaspora.

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