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Levis Sullam, Simon

Associate Professor in Contemporary History

University Ca'Foscari Venice, Italy


Max Weber alumnus

Department of History and Civilization

Cohort(s): 2008/2009

Ph.D. Institution

University Ca'Foscari Venice, Italy


Simon Levis Sullam has taught modern European history and Jewish history at Venice - Ca’ Foscari, Berkeley and Oxford. He holds a PhD in European Social History from Ca’ Foscari and his fields of interest include the history of ideas and culture in Europe between the Nineteenth and the Twentieth century, with a particular focus on nationalisms and fascism; the history of the Jews and of Anti-Semitism; the history of the Holocaust; the history of historiography; questions of historical method.
After studies at Venice and UCLA (1997-98; 1999-2000), he has been a fellow of the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi of Turin (2000), a visiting graduate student at the EHESS in Paris (2002), and a research associate fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies of Columbia University, New York (2005-2006). In 2006-2008 he was an Andrew Mellon Postodctoral Fellow and a Visiting Lecturer at UC Berkeley; in 2009-2011 he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow and a Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Oxord. In April 2011 he has returned to the University of Venice as assistant professor (ricercatore), thanks to funds from the Progetto Giovani Ricercatori Rita Levi-Montalcini.
He is the author of Una comunità immaginata: gli ebrei a Venezia, 1900-1938 (Milan 2001) and of L’archivio antiebraico. Il linguaggio dell’antisemitismo moderno (Rome-Bari 2008), as well as the editor of Risorgimento italiano e religioni politiche (special issue of the journal «Società e Storia», 2004), and the co-editor, with M. Cattaruzza, M. Flores and E. Traverso, of an international Storia della Shoah (Turin 2005-2006, 5 vols.). This was followed by two further volumes on the Holocaust in Italy (Storia della Shoah in Italia, Turin 2010). His book L'apostolo a brandelli. L’eredità di Mazzini tra Risorgimento e fascismo, appeared in 2010 (Rome-Bari). Recently he also contributed to the volumes: Acculturation and its Discontents: the Jews of Italy from Early Modern to Modern Times (Toronto 2008); Mazzini and the Globalisation of Democratic Nationalism, 1830-1920 (Oxford 2008); Cultural Representation of Jewishness at the Turn of the 21st Century (EUI Working Papers 2010,

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