Rebecca Margolis


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PhD projects

Contemporary Jewish Studies, Yiddish Studies, diaspora/foreign-language film, film translation, the Holocaust and its aftermath, the Australian Jewish experience.


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Personal profile


Rebecca Margolis is Director and Pratt Foundation Chair of Jewish Civilisation at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC) in the School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies (SOPHIS) in the Faculty of Arts. She is the Course Director for the Master of Arts (Research Training)/MRes

I joined to Monash University from the University of Ottawa, Canada in 2021. 

My research centres on cultural responses to migration and my scholarly interests include:
  • Cultural histories of migrant and ethnic communities, with a focus on the modern and contemporary Jewish experience;
  • Language revitalization, specifically in the context of Yiddish civilization and culture in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries;
  • Jewish migrant and ethnic communities in a comparative framework with other groups and across geographies;
  • Representations of the Holocaust and its aftermath, in particular in literature, film, theatre and music;
  • Yiddish cinema within foreign-language film;
  • Film translation and subtitling, in particular as it pertains in lesser-spoken languages.

My publications examine the Jewish experience at the intersections of language literature, theatre, film, education, and organizational life. My forthcoming monograph, Yiddish lebt!: Journeys of Language Revitalization (in press), examines strategies for the transmission of a lesser-spoken language and culture in the areas of publishing, education, community and youth activism, performance, cinema and new media. My current research project, New Yiddish Cinema, investigates a 21st-century corpus of film and television created in a Jewish diaspora language that few of its creators, actors or viewers speak. The project examines this corpus of transnational cinema as well as the processes of film translation in the production and reception of cinema in a lesser-used language.

I am also involved with initiatives to investigate aspets of Jewish life in Melbourne under the auspices of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation. These centre on Yiddish cultural life, the Jewish migrant experience, and literary production relating to the Holocaust and its aftermath. 

Education/Academic qualification

Yiddish Studies/Germanic Languages, MA-PhD, Columbia University

Jewish Studies, BA, McGill University

Research area keywords

  • Yiddish Studies
  • Foreign-language film
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • Language revitalization
  • Australian Cultural History
  • Migrant History
  • Canadian Studies
  • Film translation
  • Intercultural cinema
  • Jewish Studies
  • Translation Studies


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