Otherness and Belonging: The Experience of German-speaking Jews in the Urban Landscape of São Paulo, Buenos Aires and New York City (1880-1950)
Tutor: Prof. Stefan Rinke (FU Berlin)
The purpose of my research project is an analysis of the formation of collective identities of German-speaking Jews in São Paulo, Buenos Aires and New York City from the 1880's to the 1950's. The comparison between the three cities, whereby the transformation of urban space is considered alongside immigration, is geared towards singling out the local peculiarities that conditioned collective identity constructions among German-speaking Jews. Its main objective is to challenge the assumption about the stability and definability of migratory groups by showing, through the example of the migration of German-speaking Jews, the process-related nature of identity constructions in an interactive dialogue between local and global phenomena. Therefore, my project aims at contributing to the existing migration historiography by rethinking migratory processes in more process-related terms.