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Research

My research explores science fiction and the visual cultures of Poland, the former Yugoslavia and East & Central Europe. My dissertation examines case studies from the 1970s of Polish artists, filmmakers, and writers who reflected on the relationship between intellectual and manual labor. In this study, I consider the ethics of disavowing one’s own elitism. I am currently expanding my dissertation into a book project on industrial arts patronage in the long 1970s in Poland.

            In a new project, I work to recuperate the history of the Jewish Labor Bund – a political party in interwar Poland that espoused the principle of doykeit (Yiddish for “hereness”) and discouraged emigration to Palestine by advocating for viable living conditions within Poland. My project looks at the Morgnshtern sports clubs organized by the Bund as a platform for cultivating intersectional solidarity. I investigate sport culture as a strategy for managing ideological conflict through play. My aim is to revive the history of the Bund and their sports clubs as a set of ideas relevant today as metaphors for thinking beyond conflict. My story "Planet Doykeit" (Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, 2019) draws from this history and exports it to the cosmos.