Dr Mia Spiro
- Senior Lecturer in Modern Jewish Culture and Holocaust Studies (Theology & Religious Studies)
- Modern Jewish literature and culture
- Constructions of ‘the Jew’ in film and literature
- Jewish migration and urban space
- Anti-Nazi fiction and modernist aesthetics
- Holocaust film and fiction, dilemmas of ethical representation
- Holocaust memoir and history
- Yiddish avant-garde theatre
- Jewish women writers
- Gender and Judaism
- Modern Zionism and Jewish identity
- Modern Hebrew and Israeli literature
- Scottish Jewish history and culture
- Modern English literature
I completed my Ph.D. in English at York University in Toronto, Canada, specializing in modern literature with a Graduate Diploma in Jewish Studies and Advanced Hebrew. Since then, I have built a body of multidisciplinary work that explores the relationship between ethics and cultural production through the lens of aesthetic modernism, Jewish history, and the impact of the Holocaust. I am the author of Anti-Nazi Modernism: The Challenges of Resistance in 1930s Fiction (Northwestern University Press, 2013) and have published work and delivered papers on Virginia Woolf, Jewish representation in the interwar period, and on the Jewish Golem myth in modern and contemporary film and literature. My current research, entitled Modern Monsters: Golems, Vampires and the Ghosts of War examines how elements of the supernatural and “border-crossing” figures have been used by modern Jewish writers and artists to grapple with oppression, migration, and antisemitism in the first half of the twentieth-century.
I am also the Glasgow PI on the AHRC funded major research project Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces which works in collaboration with Dr Hannah Holtschneider at University of Edinburgh and the Scottish Jewish Archives Center.
Before coming to University of Glasgow, from 2011-2013 I was a Visiting Scholar at the Crown Family Center for Jewish Studies at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois with a postdoctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). In 2010, I had a Charles H. Revson fellowship at the Center for Advanced Holocaust Research at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Previously, I taught at York University in Toronto and was a research fellow at the Israel and Golda Koschitzky Centre for Jewish Studies. Since 2006, I have been an editor and research consultant at the Azrieli Foundation’s series of Canadian Holocaust Survivor Memoirs, and from 1994-1999 worked as a freelance writer in Jerusalem, Israel.
My professional achievements have been recognized by a number of awards, including: the Government of Ontario’s John Charles Polanyi Prize for Literature (one of five awards for excellence given yearly to emerging scholars, 2011); York University’s President Susan Mann Dissertation Scholarship (2009); a SSHRC doctoral award (2006-2008); the Henry and Barbara Bank Award in Jewish Studies (2009); and the Fleischer Award for Jewish Studies (2005).
I am currently Membership Secretary of The Space Between: Literature and Culture, 1914-1945 (http://spacebetweensociety.org/).
2015- 2017-Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces: Jewish Migration to Scotland, 1880-1950 (AHRC Research Project)
(£495,418 AHRC Grant: AH/M006565/1)
2015- 2016. Modern Monsters: Golems, Dybbuks, and the Ghosts of War (Rothschild Hanadiv Research Grant)
2014- 2015. Modern Monsters: Golems, Dybbuks, and the Ghosts of War (The Carnegie Trust)
2014. Jewish Lives, Scottish Spaces: Scoping Project -Scottish History Research Fund, School of Humanities, U of Glasgow.
2011-2013. Re-animating the Golem: created beings and the enigma of modern Jewish aesthetics (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship).
2011 (July-August). Friends of Yiddish, Toronto. Study Grant at Vilnius Institute for Yiddish Language and Culture, University of Vilnius, Lithuania.
2010. Charles H. Revson Foundation. Center for Advanced Holocaust Research, US Holocaust Memorial Museum
My specialization is in:
- Modern and contemporary Jewish literature and culture
- Holocaust studies
- Jewish folklore
- American Jewish literature
- Gender and Judaism
- Judaism in practice
- Interwar literature
- Modernist English Literature
- Politics and modern English Literature
- Fascism/ Anti-Fascism
- Jewish Migration
- Scottish Jewish Culture
Please contact me if you wish to discuss postgraduate work in these areas.
The Search for Meaning: Judaism
Mysticism and Spirituality: Jewish Mysticism and the Kabbalah
Modern Judaism: Aspects of Life & Literature
The Holocaust and Ethics of Representation