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Joanna Moszczynska


International Research Training Group "Between Spaces"

Movements, Actors and Representations of Globalisation

PhD Candidate

Project: "Memory of the Shoah in Brazilian-Jewish Literature"

Boltzmannstr. 4
14195 Berlin


10/2012 – 10/2015

M.A. in Interdisciplinary Latin-American Studies, Institute for Latin-American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin

10/2005 – 06/2010

M.A. in Portuguese Studies, Institute for Iberian and Ibero-American Studies, University of Warsaw

Professional Experience

03/2011 – 03/2012

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

10/2010 – 02/2011

Intern at the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) Berlin

10/2009 – 06/2010

Portuguese Teacher at the Rui Barbosa Secondary School in 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 – 06/2009

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

"Memory of the Shoah in Brazilian-Jewish Literature“

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

The Shoah representation in Brazilian literature has always been marginal. The scarce testimonies written by survivors who immigrated to Brazil, have never found an appropriate audience in their new home. Today, with the boom of Memory Studies, those displaced voices should be reconsidered as a neglected element of the Jewish contribution to the Brazilian literary production and, moreover, as an important counterpoint to Brazilian fiction and poetry of the last ten years. The contemporary literary production of young Brazilians of Jewish descent is a new phenomenon to be observed. Authors dealing with the Jewish tradition and the Shoah-paradigm, de- and reconstruct their Jewish identities. Their imaginative writing regarding the genocide relocates the Jewish collective memory from the peripheries of the Brazilian culture to the frontier ("frontier" as a concept introduced by Sander L. Gilman) of Jewish-Brazilian literary expression: The reterritorialized Shoah-space. The objective of this study is to trace the existence of a continuous tradition of Jewish Shoah-writing in Brazilian literature, by analysing the "missing" expressions of two distant generations, with regards to the representation of space and memory: The Shoah-survivors immigrated to Brazil and the Brazilian-Jewish writers born in the 1970s.

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: desiguALdades.net Working Paper Series, pp. 109–23.

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