Jakub Bronec

After my Bachelor degree I studied Media Science and Journalism at Charles University in Prague (Czech Republic) and completed my Master in 2016. My  interest in social history, oral history and history of journalism inspired me to embark on a comparative PhD on the cultural and educational activities of the Jewish minority in Czechoslovakia and Luxembourg after the Second World War. My approach particularly involves conducting and maintaining interviews with members of Jewish populations born in the post-war period. My research methods are based on video content analysis, quantitative text analysis and profound archival research. In addition, I am also testing a wide range of e-learning platforms and their use for sociological and historical projects.       

I am also now working on an internal research project entitled “Luxembourg State Policy Towards Jews (1930s to 1950s)”. This project analyses continuities and turning points in the attitudes and policies of Luxembourg state authorities towards Jewish refugees in the country before, during and after World War II. The project aims to analyse and describe the migration trajectories and uncertainty of individuals who had to face stringent state authorities.

 

The Cultural and Educational Activities of the Jewish Population in Czechoslovakia and Luxembourg in 1945-1990

Addressing the question of Jewish identity transmission, my research deals with digital storytelling. I am using various sources to get complex and coherent datasets. The aim is to combine traditional historical methods with oral and digital history approaches. First, I apply MAXQDA on the semi structured surveys and interviews. Matching different video tracks with rewritten interviews forms an unique research environment for qualitative analysis. Except the MAXQDA, I follow a citizen science approach with the help of the IWalk and IWitness platforms developed by the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education. For this I have engaged history students of the University of Luxembourg into my project. These online platforms interconnect history from a minority point of view with historical narratives of the major society, which touches on a broad variety of educational topics (antisemitism, attitudes towards Israel, homosexuality within diaspora etc…). The project furthermore draws on qualitative text analysis of Jewish community magazines published in the Czech Republic and Luxembourg.

 

 

References

Cerf, Paul, and Isi Finkelstein. 1999. LES JUIFS D’ESCH CHRONIQUES DE LA COMMUNAUTÉ JUIVE DE 1837 À 1999. 1 ed.. Esch-sur-Alzette: ÉDITIONS DES CAHIERS LUXEMBOURGEOIS.

Edmunds, June, and Bryan Turner. 2005. “Global generations: social change in the twentieth century”. Online. The British Journal of Sociology vol. 56 (issue 4): 559-577. doi:10.1111/j.1468-4446.2005.00083.x.

Gardini, Fausto. 2016. Escape from Luxembourg : Luxembourg, a fleeting sanctuary to safety for Jews from Austria, Germany, Poland & other countries. 1 ed.. USA: Jacksonville, Florida.

Glenn, Susan a. 2002. “In the Blood? Consent, Descent, and the Ironies of Jewish Identity”. Online. Jewish Social Studies 8 (2/3): 139-152.

Gruber, Ruth. 2002. Virtually Jewish: reinventing Jewish culture in Europe. 1 ed.. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Liebman, Charles. 2002. New Jewish identities: contemporary Europe and beyond.

Lizardo, O. 2004. “The cognitive origins of bourdieu’s Habitus”. Online. JOURNAL FOR THE THEORY OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR 34 (4): 375-402.

Luxembourg, Statec. 1990. Statistiques Historiques 1839-1990. 1 ed.. Luxembourg: Statec Luxembourg.

Peter, Salner. 2016. Židia na Slovensku po roku 1945 : komunita medzi vierou a realitou. Bratislava: Ústav etnológie SAV, Veda.

Ryder, Norman. 1965. “The Cohort as a Concept in the Study of Social Change”. American Sociological Review 30 (6). [American Sociological Association, Sage Publications, Inc.]: 843. doi:10.2307/2090964.

Silva, E.b. 2016. “Habitus: Beyond sociology”. Online. Sociological Review 64 (1): 73 – 92. doi:10.1111/1467-954X.12345.

Soukupová, Blanka. 2016. Židé v českých zemích po šoa: Identita poraněné paměti. 1.. Bratislava: Marenčin PT.

Tartakowsky, Ewa, and Marcelo Dimentstein. 2017. Juifs d’Europe: Identités plurielles et mixité. Tours: Francois-Rabelais.

Terlouw, Kees. 2012. “From thick to thin regional identities?”. GeoJournal 77 (5): 707-721. doi:10.1007/s10708-011-9422-x.

Main supervisor: Ass.-prof. Dr Denis Scuto (C²DH)
Other supervisors: PhDr. Petr Koura Ph.D. (Univerzita Karlova v Praze), Dr Marten Düring (C²DH), Prof. Alena Heitlinger

Blogs

IWalk: Mapping Jewish Life with your Mobile – New ways of teaching Jewish history in Luxembourg

The MaQDA and the ethic commitments

Joint supervision – blessed and cursed paths of doing a PhD at two universities

Finding a common language

How to conduct Digital Oral History with the USC Shoah Foundation Video Database

A space for living portraitures: The sensitive dimension of the historical record of the Fortunoff Video Archive

FCSH Digital Humanities Summer School: Research Methods & Problem Solving

Publications

Jewish scouting during and after World War II in Czechoslovakia and France