project: “Antisemitism and Jewish Representation in the Austrian Parliament 1861 to 1938”

Sept. 2008 to Sept. 2010: Project team member (IPW), project leader: Eva Kreisky
(financed by:  Zukunftsfonds der Republik Österreich; National Fund of the Republic of Austria for Victims of National Socialism)

The project investigated the participation of Jewish parliamentarians in plenary debates as well as manifestations and transformations of antisemitism in parliament. For this purpose, debates from central policy fields (trade/commerce, migration, nationalities and languages, press and culture, electoral law, science and universities) were examined in a comparative, discourse-analytical procedure. In these case studies, antisemitic stereotypes and argumentations as well as positions and counter-strategies of Jewish parliamentarians were analyzed. Results confirmed that the parliamentary plenum was a central site in which ‘traditional’ anti-Judaism was transformed into modern antisemitism as an anti-liberal, anti-socialist, anti-urban, anti-intellectual, and nationalist political strategy. At the same time, resistance from Jewish representatives as well as conflicts over Jewish identity between liberal universalism, national assimilationism, or Jewish-national Zionism shaped parliamentary debates.

Please find more information in the online uni:view magazine. (in German)