Prof. Wang Benli was a visiting SALC fellow for 2014-15. He is a professor and Vice Head of the Humanities School of Suzhou University of Science and Technology, P.R. China, where he teaches, among other things, Jewish History and Culture. He has co-authored The Modernization Process of the World: Western Europe (2010) and co-translated Martin Gilbert's A History of the Twentieth Century, vol 2 (2001). Among his many articles in Anglo-Jewish history are '“Kindertransport”: A Movement of Flesh and Blood' (2012), 'The Cultural and Educational Achievements of British Jews in the 19th Century' (2012), 'The Jewish Labour Movement in Britain in the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries' (2012), 'On the Emancipation of British Jews' (2010), 'Impact and Response: The Emigration Tides of Eastern European Jews and the British Society, 1881-1914 (2006), and 'The Origin and Development of Anglo-Jewish History Studies' (2004).
Teaching assistant in the Department of Social Anthropology at the University of Manchester, having recently completed his Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in the Department of Religious Studies and Theology on 'Becoming oneself, becoming another. Conversion to Judaism in contemporary Poland'. Research interests include: anthropology of religion, social belonging and boundaries, religious conversion, globalization, identity transformations, memory and trauma, ethics and morality, cultural imaginaries and representations of otherness, Jewish/Non-Jewish relations, Jewish social and religious life in the Diaspora with a specific focus on contemporary Poland and Eastern Europe, Jewish education and social activism in Eastern Europe after 1989, research methods and representation in social sciences, audio-visual media and creative arts in academic research. Prior to becoming affiliated with the Centre for Jewish Studies Jan defended his doctoral thesis, entitled 'Remaking of Jewish sociality in contemporary Poland: Haunting legacies, global connections' (2014), in Social Anthropology with Visual Media at the University of Manchester. Jan is also the author of '', a research-based documentary about the young members of a Jewish Community in south-west Poland.
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