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I completed my B.A. (Hons) at Monash University in 1992, and I have an M.A. (1998) and a PhD (2002) from the University of Melbourne. My scholarship engages with the effects of Jewish emancipation on the non-Jewish world, ranging across French, British, and Mediterranean settings.

I am the author of Rethinking Antisemitism in Nineteenth-Century France (Cambridge University Press, 2010), short-listed for the best first history in the Victorian Premier’s literary awards. My next work, Orientalizing the Jew: ReligionCulture and Empire in Nineteenth Century Francewas funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant, and is forthcoming with Indiana University Press in February 2017. This book explores the ways that Jews, both real and imagined, were central to French Orientalism.

My current project is supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship. This project, entitled The Kings of Algiers, will explore the story of a Jewish-Algerian trading house in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The House of Bacri and Busnach enjoyed great power in the strategic port of Algiers. In an age when the French and British competed in imperialism, and America sought to establish itself as a strong imperial power, the Bacris and Busnachs were able to play the three nations off against one another, for their own gain. They let us tell the story of competitive Franco-British and American imperialism in the Mediterranean from a perspective that doesn’t lock us in to one or the other national narrative.

I edit the proceedings of the George Rudé Seminar in French History and Civilisation, published on H-France.



  • Jewish History
  • French History
  • British History

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Projects 2014 2020

Research Output 2003 2019

Eurovisions: The Identity and the International Politics of the Eurovision Song Contest

Wellings, B. (ed.), Kalman, J. (ed.) & Jacotine, K. (ed.), Oct 2019, Palgrave Macmillan.

Research output: Book/ReportEdited BookOtherpeer-review

Absence in the aftermath

Kalman, J. & Doron, D., 2017, In : Journal of contemporary history. 52, 2, p. 197–210 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Orientalizing the Jew: Religion, Culture, and Imperialism in Nineteenth-Century France

Kalman, J., 2017, Bloomington IN USA: Indiana University Press. 172 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Presence and absence of the Shoah in Strasbourg – A regional narrative

Kalman, J., 1 Apr 2017, In : Journal of contemporary history. 52, 2, p. 229–249 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Thinking the Jew through the Turbulent Nineteenth Century: The Idea of Rachel

Kalman, J., 2016, The Jews of Modern France: Images and Identities. Kaplan, Z. J. & Malinovich, N. (eds.). 1 ed. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, p. 253-270 18 p. (Brill's Series in Jewish Studies; vol. 56).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (Book)Researchpeer-review

Activities 2014 2017

  • 1 Contribution to conference
  • 1 Editorial responsibility

XXVth Bienniel Australasian Association for European History (AAEH) Conference, ‘Europe’s Entanglements'

Susie Protschky (Organiser), Julie Kalman (Organiser), David Garrioch (Organiser), Paula Michaels (Organiser)
Jul 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference

French History and Civilization: Papers from the George Rude Seminar (Journal)

Julie Kalman (Editor in chief)
15 Jul 201415 Jul 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial responsibility