Joanna Moszczynska


International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Field of Activity

Project: "Representations of the Holocaust in Brazilian-Jewish Literature: Narrative Spaces in Shoah- and After-Shoah Generations - from Periphery to Centre"

Address Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin



2012 – to present

M.A. in Interdisciplinary Latin-American Studies

Institute for Latin-American Studies

Freie Universität Berlin


2005 – 2010

M.A. in Portuguese Studies

Institute for Iberian and Ibero-American Studies

University of Warsaw




03/2014 – 07/2014

Scholarship Programme for International Students (USP Scholarship + PROMOS FU Berlin)

at the Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Humanities, University of São Paulo


09/2008 – 08/2009

LLP Erasmus – Erasmus Scholarship at the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, New University of Lisbon




03/2011 – 03/2012

Volunteer within the FSJ-Programme (Voluntary social year) at the German-Polish Youth Office (DPJW) / Office for coordination


11/2010 – 02/2011

Intern at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) Berlin


09/2009 – 06/2010

Portuguese Teacher at the Rui Barbosa Secondary School in Warsaw

„Representations of the Holocaust in Brazilian-Jewish Literature: Narrative Spaces in Shoah- and After-Shoah Generations - from Periphery to Centre“

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Susanne Klengel (FU Berlin)

The Holocaust representation in the Brazilian literature has been always marginal. The scarce testimonies written by the survivors from the Nazi aggression who emigrated to Brazil, have never found an appropriate audience in their new home. Today, with the boom of the Memory Studies, they too should be reconsidered in order to discover the forgotten element of Jewish contribution to the Brazilian literature. Although the collective dimension of those testimonies has become obsolete, in the actual context they create new individual spaces of expression and should be read as particular voices of particular experiences. Additionally, recently some young Brazilian writers of Jewish descent have joined the new tendency in global literature: dealing with their Jewish identity through the prism of the Holocaust. Their autofictional reflexions on the genocide have relocated the Jewish thematic from the periphery of Brazilian literature to its centre, thus creating new fictional space of Jewish-Brazilian literary expression: the globalized media space. The objective of this study is to analyse the literary production of two Jewish generations: Holocaust survivors and those born in the 1970s, from the aspect of the symbolic representation of spaces. With regard to the tension between the referential and the performative, various spaces will be taken into account: collective versus individual, remote and past versus accessible and globalized, absent versus present.

Goes, Iasmin, Moszczynska, Joanna (2015), “La Ley de Organización Criminal y las protestas de 2013 en Brasil: Reacciones de la prensa y la justicia”, in: Derecho en América Latina: ¿corrector o (re)productor de desigualdades?, organised by Manuel Góngora-Mera, Sergio Costa, e Guilherme Leite Gonçalves. Berlin: Working Paper Series, pp. 109–23.