Mariusz Kałczewiak, Ph.D., is Senior Research Associate in the Slavic Studies Department at the University of Potsdam (Germany). In 2017 he graduated in history from Tel Aviv University and his dissertation won the 2017 Best Dissertation Award of the Latin American Jewish Studies Association. His first book "Polacos in Argentina. Polish Jews, Interwar Migration, and the Emergence of Transatlantic Jewish Culture” will appear with Alabama University Press in fall 2019. In his book Kałczewiak has constructed a multifaceted and in-depth narrative that sheds light on marginalized aspects of Jewish migration and enriches the dialogue between Latin American Jewish studies and Polish Jewish Studies. Based on archival research, Yiddish travelogues on Argentina, and the Yiddish and Spanish-language press, this study recreates a mosaic of entanglements that Jewish migration wove between Poland and Argentina.
His academic interests include Latin American Jewish Studies, Yiddish Studies, and Eastern European Studies. His newest article “Yiddish in the Andes. Unbearable Distance, Devoted Activists and Building Yiddish Culture in Chile” will appear shortly in Jewish Culture and History.
Kałczewiak’s new research project analyzes the work and life of a Yiddish writer and culturists Perets Hirshbeyn. Within this broad project, Kałczewiak examines Hirshbeyn’s travelogues from Asia, Africa and Latin America and portrays Hirshbeyn’s ambiguous position between orientalism and anti-colonialism