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Professor Claire Le Foll

Professor Claire Le Foll


Research interests

  • History and culture of Jews in Belarus from 1772 to 1939, including Belarusian-Jewish relations
  • Jewish art in Eastern Europe, more specifically in Belarus and Ukraine
  • Nationalities policy in the Russian/Soviet western borderlands

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Claire Le Foll is Professor of East European Jewish History and Culture. She specialises in the history and culture of Jews in Eastern Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. She is iterested in the inter-ethnic relations in the Western borderlands of the tsarist and Soviet empires, and more specifically in Belarus. In her first book she explored the development of the Vitebsk Art School in the context of the Russian avant-garde of the quest for a Jewish art. In her second book, she looked at the he relation of Jews of the Belorussian provinces to the administrative, political and cultural idea of Belorussia. She has published many articles on the political and cultural interactions of Jews and Belarusians in literature, art, cinema and scholarship in pre-revolutionary and Soviet Belarus.