Prof. Manuela Consonni

Prof. Manuela Consonni
Fields of Practice: 
Political and Social History of Modern and Contemporary Europe; Memory Studies; Italian Jewish History; Shoah Literature and Holocaust Studies; History of Antisemitism

Prof. Manuela Consonni is an Associate Professor at the Department of Jewish History and Contemporary Jewry and at the School of History of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and at the Department of Romance and Latin American Studies where she serves as Chair. She is the Director of the Italian Studies Program, and currently the Director of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism.

Consonni is the author of Resistance or Holocaust: The Memory of the Deportation and Extermination in Italy, 1945-1985 (Magnes Press, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem 2010, Hebrew) and L’eclisse dell’antifascismo. Resistenza, questione ebraica e cultura politica in Italia dal 1943 al 1989 (Laterza Publisher 2015) that was awarded the 2016 Polonsky Prize for Originality and Novelty in the Humanities.

She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journals Italia – Periodical for Research in the History, Culture and Literature of the Jews of Italy and Rassegna Mensile di Israel, and of the Indiana University Press book series Studies in Antisemitism.

Consonni was a Max Planck Postdoctoral Fellow at Freie Universität Berlin; a Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Theory and Criticism at Cornell University; and a Scholion Postdoctoral Fellow at Scholion, the Interdisciplinary Center in Jewish Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She was a senior member of the Scholion group on Knowledge and Pain, 2007-2010.

She has been awarded several prizes, among them: the Dinur Prize for Academic Excellence in Research of Jewish History; the Postdoctoral Vittoria Corinaldi Research Scholarship for the Study of Italian Culture and Society; the Ephraim E. Urbach International Prize for Academic Excellence; the International Fellowship of the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, New York; the Aby Warburg Postdoctoral Fellowship; and the Viterbi Visiting Scholar Professorship at the Viterbi Family Program in Mediterranean Jewish Studies, UCLA.